ERNI Electronics has
unveiled a new family of connectors that delivers the signal density,
electrical performance, and mechanical dependability required in industrial
automation systems. These connectors come in smaller package sizes to
effectively work in demanding industrial environments with confined spaces.

The industrial
automation networks — utilizing programmable logic controllers (PLCs),
programmable automation controllers (PACs), distributed control systems (DCS’s), and motion
control and drive systems — need to handle more data traffic at increased
speeds and in challenging conditions.


ERNI’s miniature
MicroSpeed is a modular connector system that features a 1-mm pitch and
supports high-speed data applications at up to 25 Gbps. These high-density
connectors boast superior signal integrity and low-inductance shielding, which
enables noise-sensitive designs to be realized without adding costly shields
within the enclosure.

The MicroSpeed
connectors also feature a flexible open-pinfield design, which, in turn,
facilitates different signal-pair layouts for differential data-transmission rates.
Moreover, the contact wipe length of 1.5 mm enables board-to-board stack
heights between 5 and 20 mm.

The next one is the SMC
Series, which boasts secure data transmission rates of up to 3 Gbps and
current-carrying capacity of 1.7 A per contact. The high-performance connector series offers a number of different pin counts, heights, and
configurations in a 1.27-mm grid to meet a variety of application requirements.

Finally, the MicroCon family of
connectors offers a reliable two-sided female contact or dual beam in a dense
0.8-mm pitch offering. The reliable and rugged interface makes it a highly
suitable connectivity device in factory automation, especially due to vertical
solutions for board-to-board stacking and new extensions for perpendicular
applications in midplane and backplane designs.