Computer data bus connector is more robust

Paul Boughton
ITT Interconnect Solutions is launching a new MBF (Micro Bus Floating) connector for computer data bus applications. Originally designed for a satellite communications project, the challenge was to produce a miniature connector with high contact reliability that is easy to mate and is capable of holding two or more PCB frames stacked together.
Intended to replace a standard elastomeric connector that could only be used once, the 40-position, 1.27mm-pitch MBF connector has a mated height of 8mm and is guaranteed for up to 1000 mating cycles. The double-contact design increases contact reliability while the floating metal spring on the housing provides a cushioning effect to maintain the contact accuracy between the connector and the PCB frame.
Devices are suitable for stacking any number form two to twelve PCB frames. As well as space and satellite applications, the MBF connectors are suitable for high-end computer and medical equipment.
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