Connector for Lighting Strips
December 2008
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A new in-line connector uses a hermaphroditic blade and receptacle design, enabling LED printed circuit board (PCB) strips to be joined with more flexibility than with traditional post-and-receptacle headers. The low-profile surface-mount connector, available in two, four, and six positions, features a flexible mating engagement allowance of 2.5 mm horizontally and 1.1 mm vertically to accommodate variations in the mounting of the PCBs. Connections can be made by sliding the two boards together horizontally or vertically. The unique capability to slide the two boards together vertically makes replacement of a board in mid-strip easier by lifting up the strip to be replaced and lowering in the new one. It also permits right-angle mating of the boards. The liquid-crystal polymer housings are available either tape or reel mounted, are compatible with vacuum pick-and-place equipment and reflow soldering, and feature a low, space-saving profile of only 3.2 mm. They have a 5-A current rating. Materials are RoHS compliant. Tyco Electronics, www.tycoelectronics.com

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