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High speed USB-C is latest addition to range of data connectors

16 March 2017

Cliff Electronics’ range of XLR-Format Feedthrough Data Connectors range has been further increased with the addition of single and dual USB-C versions.

The industry standard 24-pin fully reversible plug USB-C connector system provides high speed transport of data and power connecting system hosts to peripheral devices and replaces various USB-B and USB-A connectors and cables with a future-proof standard.

The new USB-C FT connector is available with either one or two connectors and with a plastic or rugged nickel or black metal finished XLR housings enhancing the high quality, high performance and prestige image of this new product range. All Cliff Feedthrough connectors may be front or rear mounted to control panels and all versions, metal and plastic, share the same features and dimensions.

The Cliff FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate connections, simplifying and speeding up assembly.

Cliff’s FT connector range is designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cut out simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving design aesthetics. This proven format has been well received by product designers and system integrators.

The Cliff FT connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio and industrial applications. 

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “USB-C is a rapidly growing connector standard providing data and power transmission in a compact future-proof format, simplifying system design. Our FT connector range continues to grow to meet new connector standards, market demand and new applications. Using the industry standard XLR packaging allows our customers to simplify and standardise their panel design, improving flexibility and reducing cost. Our new feedthrough connecters are being employed in many more applications in instrumentation and industrial markets where our ability to provide custom solutions is welcomed.” 

The new USB-C Feedthrough connectors from Cliff join the fast growing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

Cliff’s FT Series are simple to mount into any panel designed to accept XLR connectors including instrumentation, control and rack panels, wall-plates, etc. Cliff now provides a pre-drilled 19” x 1U mounting panel to simplify panel design. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in seven colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel.

Cliff’s FT series has already found widespread use in a multitude of system integration applications for custom I/O solutions. Typical applications include broadcast, AV installations, systems integration, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition

Cliff Electronics are market leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors, leads, test lead sets and accessories for a wide range of markets and supply major international OEMs. As a UK manufacturer Cliff are able to respond quickly to customer’s needs for both standard products and custom designs. Cliff manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts and connection blocks, motors, fans and assembly aids. Cliff can also provide a wide range of leads including test and instrumentation, audio, instrument and power.

All versions of Cliff’s Feedthrough connectors are in full production and available direct from Cliff and via major Distributors in the UK and Europe.


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