Partners on new gigabit Ethernet connector standard

Louise Smyth

HIROSE Electric and HARTING Electronics have teamed up to develop, standardise and market a new miniature connector technology system for 10Gbit Ethernet.

The RJ45 was indispensable when using Ethernet 10 years ago. However, it was not ideally suitable for use in industrial environments and could only be deployed with certain modifications. In light of this situation, HARTING developed the world’s first industry-compatible field attachable RJ45.

The miniaturisation of components and interfaces in connection technology has become a key factor in global digitalisation through the Internet of Things and Services.

"As a form of the Internet of Things, there is one thing that 'Industry 4.0' requires above all else: an Ethernet connection to each and every 'Industry 4.0' component," said Philip Harting, Chairman of the Board at the HARTING Technology Group. "The standardisation and international norms for new high-performance components and infrastructure is an essential requirement for market success and provides planning security."

HIROSE has played a significant role in the high-performance and miniaturisation industry, not only with internal connectors, but also with interface connectors such as micro-USB (USB2.0, 3.0, and 3.1) which were originally developed by HIROSE. In addition, the company will focus on the industrial market and apply this to the next generation of high-end miniaturised industrial connectors.

To meet the challenging market demand for global digitalisation, both partners will combine their strengths to develop the new miniaturised and robust Ethernet interface for high-speed data transmission rates.

"Our customers benefit from the bundled expertise of two technology leaders, on one hand, and global presence and customer proximity on the other," said HIROSE president, Kazunori Ishii. The two companies plan to reveal further details on their co-operation in the autumn.