Positive-lock connectors feature protective ‘crash-free’ mating

Paul Boughton

Molex Incorporated introduces a new line of through-hole Micro-Lock single row connectors for wire-to-board applications in data/com, telecommunications, networking equipment and consumer electronics, including gaming devices and LCD and PDP flat panel displays.

The Micro-Lock positive-lock 2.00 mm pitch connectors feature a low mated profile of 6.00 mm and a ‘crash-free’ design to prevent damage to header pins during connector mating.

“As flat-panel TVs and other electronic devices become thinner, with more densely packed electronics, mating of wire-to-board connectors can result in problems with terminals or pins requiring high insertion forces and becoming damaged,” explains Goji Tanabe, regional product manager, micro products, Molex. “The new space-saving Micro-Lock connector system delivers the industry’s lowest insertion force for a 2.00mm pitch connector – combined with damage-proof pin protection to prevent header pins from being bent or crushed during angled mating.”[Page Break]

Rated for 3.0 Amps per pin and available in 4 to 15 circuits, the Micro-Lock connector system features a through-hole design. The bellows-shaped terminal and round header pin enable lower insertion and extraction forces, a key requirement in many electronic products.

Additionally, the bellows-shaped terminal design ensures more reliable electrical performance and a reduced pin angle compared to tuning fork and U-shaped terminal designs.

Micro-Lock connectors include guard walls and detent features that guide the housing into the header without allowing the pin to be touched until the housing is aligned, for safe, crash-free mating. The wide mating latch with a two-point positive locking system provides secure mating retention and protects header pins from damage that can result in signal degradation or interference.[Page Break]

“With one of the lowest profile positive latch through-hole connectors on the market, the Micro-Lock connectors deliver the right fit for OEMs who want robust performance and reliability,” adds Tanabe.

Manufactured in environmentally friendly low halogen material, the through-hole design is the first release in a series of Molex Micro-Lock connectors scheduled to include other features, such as SMT, vertical and dual-row versions.

For more information, visit www.molex.com