Blind mate RF contacts feature the widest available axial mating tolerance

24-07-2023 | Powell Electronics | Connectors, Cables & Enclosures

Now available through East Coast Microwave, a subsidiary of Powell Electronics, are PkZ series blind mate RF contacts from Phoenix Company of Chicago. With a constant impedance up to a 0.090” axial mating tolerance, the components provide the widest axial mating tolerance of blind mate RF contacts currently available. This allows the contacts to accommodate large radial and axial misalignment tolerances encountered in modular applications, e.g., aerospace and vehicle communication systems, test systems, radar systems, UAV systems, etc.

The unique design of this high-performance and reliable series of contacts benefits from very low mating forces and provides constant impedance even as differences in mating profiles or gaps are created in the mating interface. This eradicates elaborate methods such as an internal spring to overcome mating gaps.

Available as MIL-DTL-38999 size 12 RF contacts for a frequency range from DC up to 40GHz (178 series), MIL-DTL-38999 size 8 RF contacts for low loss cable for a frequency range from DC up to 32GHz (78 series) and ARINC microwave size 8 Coax contacts for ARINC connectors (600 series) for a frequency range from DC up to 32GHz (68 series), the components are ideal for various connector housings including D-Subs, High-Density D-Subs, DIN 41612, 4-Position Inserts, ARINC, MIL-DTL-38999 and custom housings.

By Seb Springall