Harwin Introduces FPC Assemblies with Hi-Rel Connectors

Requires less headroom so PCBs can be more densely packed together

Portsmouth, UK, 4 May 2020 – Harwin now offers both its Datamate J-Tek (https://www.harwin.com/products/M80-F150210-100-L/) and Gecko high-reliability (Hi-Rel) (https://www.harwin.com/products/G125-F1MS110-075-FS1/) connectors with flexible printed circuits (FPCs) attached for situations where there is little space above the board surface. Highly suited to aerospace, motorsport, satellite and defence installations, these FPC assemblies provide engineers with lower profile interconnect solutions. This means that the PCBs within a system design can be stacked much closer together. Through right-angled connections, these components can be kept at the periphery of the board resulting in thermal management and ease of mating benefits.

The Datamate J-Tek option consists of a 2mm-pitch connector plus a 1A-rated 1mm-pitch FPC, and is supplied in a single-ended design fitted with a male connector. The Gecko options have a 1.25mm-pitch connector along with a 0.4A-rated 0.5mm-pitch FPC, available in single- or double-ended configurations. Standard 10-contact assemblies are supplied from stock, with other assemblies available on request.

The FPCs feature a copper-clad polyimide base with a bonded overlay. There is a rigid area at each end to aid connector mounting. They are able to support a much tighter bend radius than conventional cables and are also better suited to dynamic movement when bent. Thanks to the innovative 4-finger design used for the Beryllium Copper contacts, these assemblies exhibit strong resilience to shock (up to 100G) and vibrational forces (up to 20G), without breaks in signal. Inclusion of stainless steel jackscrews on the Datamate connectors and sturdy latches on the Gecko connectors ensure interconnect integrity is maintained. The Harwin FPC assemblies have an operational temperature range matching the relevant connectors, up to  65°C to +150°C. The free ends of the FPC are compatible with industry standard FPC/FFC connectors that accept 0.3mm thickness circuits.

About Harwin
Harwin is renowned worldwide for producing high reliability interconnect solutions that can deal with the most exacting of application demands – attending to the defense, aerospace, space, industrial, oil/gas and motorsport sectors. Over the course of the last 65 years, the company has continued to set new benchmarks in terms of innovation, automation and service, through ongoing investment in advanced equipment and the training of its staff. Harwin’s team of highly skilled engineers have been responsible for developing an impressive array of ‘must not fail’ connector products that outperform the competition. These include the Gecko (1.25mm pitch), Datamate (2mm pitch), Mix-Tek (combined signal, power and coax) and high temperature M300 (3mm pitch) product lines. In addition, the company offers easy-to-implement EMI/RFI shielding solutions, a comprehensive portfolio PCB hardware (spacers, links, bridges, terminals, test points, etc.) and a broad range of industry standard connectors. All these products are available with short lead times via its extensive sales and distribution network. Harwin’s global reach enables it to respond rapidly to customer needs, with sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, the USA, Germany, France and Singapore. For more information, visit: www.harwin.com

For more details contact:
Ben Green – Head of Marketing, Harwin
Tel: +44 2392 314 532

Agency contact:
Rachel Sandeman – Account Director, Publitek
Tel: +44 2038 136 425