Remember those truly amazing cell phones from the 1980’s? Those things were huge. Including bulky connectors among the components was no big deal. The phone surely had the capacity to hold it!
Over the last 20 years or so, the size of cell phones have obviously shrunk. As a result, the demand on the connector industry to produce smaller connectors has intensified. But limitations on materials and manufacturing have made it difficult for the industry to keep up with this demand for smaller components. Moving forward, solid contact power connectors are the best path to achieving the highest density and the smallest size.
Achieving The Highest Density
Connectors have shrunk over the years, as have the products they power. But the makers of electronic products (and consumers) demand that these small connectors continue to give maximum power density. How is this done? It’s not easy.
As current flow increases, higher amounts of heat are given off. That’s not great, because the goal is reduce heat given off as much as possible. To make things worse, regulatory agencies like UL stand in the way of smaller sizes due to safety regulations. While this helps the stakeholders of the connector, it hurts the development of smaller sized connectors with maximum power density.
So what’s the solution? Looking to the past. Solid-machined contact connectors. While previously obsolete, these connectors offer double the power density of a blade connector and can transfer twice the amperage.
Superior power connection is the end result of this rediscovery of older technology. The cost can be higher, but the life cycle is longer – making this a good value that also meets the needs of many applications. These connectors stand up to others – including military connectors and are worth investigation.