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Electronic Connectors Shrink to Fit

by Robert Hult, ( Originally posted on )

Incredible advances in processor and memory technology have mandated shrinking all other electronic components from chip capacitors to connectors and the circuitry that joins them. The connector industry has responded to these challenges by introducing new classes of high-density microminiature connectors.

A basic pillar of the electronics industry has been its ability to stuff more functionality in less space. The ubiquitous smartphone now packs more computing power than a room-sized computer of the 1970s. According to Bell’s Law, a new, lower-price class of computing devices emerges roughly every 10 years.

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Connectors Get Smaller, Tougher for Wearables

by Spencer Chin, ( Originally posted on )

Wearable electronics – whether they are smart watches, smart glasses, personal health monitors, or electronics embedded in clothing – continue to be one of the biggest sectors driving demand for miniature connectors that are able to withstand the rigors of a wide range of environments. Connector suppliers have responded with parts that tolerate extremes of temperature, humidity, and moisture while providing tiny form factors that are able to reside within cleverly packaged electronic devices.

The wearables market is booming, with sales expected to grow from $20 billion in 2015 to almost $70 billion in 2025, according to market research firmIDTechEx. The sector includes devices such as glasses, jewelry, headgear, belts, armwear, legwear, skin patches, exoskeletons, and e-textiles, with healthcare as the

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Where are super low profile mezzanine solutions used?

By David Brearley, ( Originally posted on )

With today’s handheld and wearable devices, there is not much room left for connectors, especially in the thickness dimension. Devices in this category included the ubiquitous smartphones, as well as tablets, gaming devices, and wearables – anything that you want to be as small as possible. In devices  like these, there are logs of low profile mezzanine connectors that connect displays, buttons, sensors, cameras, batteries and even antennas. It is desirable that these connections be quite reliable, but occupy the minimum possible physical volume within the device.

A couple of solutions have evolved to meet this challenge.


The usual connector manufacturers have developed a line of “micro miniature” surface mount mezzanine connectors. These are two-piece connectors with spring beams mating with fixed beams. They are generally two-row connectors with the contacts arranged

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