More connectivity solutions with full-speed Ethernet

Louise Smyth

Building on the success of the USB 3.0 contact block introduced last year, Fischer Connectors has added another data-speed focused extension to the company’s high-density miniature MiniMax Series.

The new MiniMax connector in 08 size now gives design engineers the option of integrating rugged connectivity solutions with full-speed Ethernet into their latest creations. This new contact block configuration of eight AWG24 pins in a receptacle of only 12mm diameter enables fast Ethernet data transmission over longer distances. The new configuration can help move Ethernet connectivity into more rugged environments, protected from the elements with enhanced IP68 ratings.

Advances in design and production processes have also enabled Fischer Connectors to increase the depth that all MiniMax Series connectors can safely achieve, providing enhanced reliability for extreme environments. The more stringent IP68 sealing level ensures all MiniMax connectors and cable assembly solutions now go even deeper than ever before – achieving a new standard of 20 meters for 24 hours. This is an exceptional IP rating test for such a small connector, opening new opportunities for the miniaturisation of underwater devices.

The MiniMax Series receptacles now also come in a hexagonal body style, making integration into small housings easier and more robust. As customers do not need to rely on the flat of the panel cut, they can instead include a hexagonal recess on the backside of the panel in which the receptacle will fit.

As for coating, the new standard for the MiniMax Series now includes an anthracite surface treatment. This is similar to the one used on the UltiMate Series, reaching <5 mΩ panel grounding as required in MIL standards while still being non-reflective and stealthy.