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Microminiature connectors boast durable PCB connection

24 May 2012

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Molex Inc. has announced the addition of two new products in its Premo-Flex line of flat flex cable (FFC) and etched polyimide jumpers. According to Molex, both products provide "ultra-flexible," durable PCB connections for a variety of applications including medical devices, consumer electronics and automotive electronics.

Dan Kreger, product manager of Molex, said: "As electronic devices continue to shrink in size, we are committed to designing complex, microminiature products that maximize board space while providing the ultimate in flexibility, reliability and cost savings. Premo-Flex products from Molex not only solve complex board-to-board interconnection challenges in confined spaces, but—-because they are off-the-shelf—-they help designers reduce lead times and avoid custom tooling costs."

To its line of Premo-Flex FFC jumpers, Molex has added an ultra-thin, ultra-flexible 0.12 mm cable. The complete line is available in 0.50, 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch; multiple circuit sizes, from 4 to 60; and standard cable lengths, from 30 to 305 mm. These provide designers with virtually limitless options, claims the company. According to Molex, it can also accommodate custom requirements for FFC cable jumpers in lengths of over 305 mm. (All Molex FFC jumpers can be terminated to Zero Insertion Force [ZIF], non-ZIF or Low Insertion Force FFC connectors and are ideal for complex board-to-board interconnections in confined spaces).

The Premo-Flex polyimide jumpers feature etched-copper circuitry, allowing designers to achieve the tight tolerances required for a reliable link to fine-pitch, 0.30 mm and smaller microminiature connectors. The solution also meets the needs of designers looking for a dual-contact ZIF connector that enables them to utilize the same PCB pattern on adjoining, parallel PCBs. This is made possible by terminating with Molex's 0.30 mm pitch Easy-On and BackFlip FPC Connectors.The solution also maximizes board space and allows design flexibility for compact applications such as digital cameras and handheld medical equipment.

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