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Harwin increases mixed-layout Hi-Rel connector portfolio

30 November 2022

Harwin has expanded the contact layout options of its Gecko-MT high-reliability (Hi-Rel) connectors.

Announced at Electronica in Munich, the new variants have been added to complement the existing symmetrical 2-power/8-signal and 4-power/8-signal layouts.

There are six new contact arrangements that feature two to six power contacts and four to 24 signal contacts.
These have a non-symmetrical structure, with the power contacts situated at one end and the data contacts at the other. The power contacts have a 10A current rating, and the signal contacts are rated for 2.8A (maximum).

A range of hardware fixings is available for each contact layout. Both male and female connectors can be supplied in either standard gender or reverse fix. 

There are front and rear panel mount options, plus board-mount fixings to reduce any strain placed on solder joints. In total, 72 extra Gecko-MT connector variants have been added.

As with all the Gecko connectors in Harwin’s HRi product offering, these latest variants have high resilience to shock and vibration, plus compact size and lightweight construction. 

They support a -65°C to +150°C operating temperature range, and 1,000 (minimum) mating cycle durability. Evaluation samples are available on request.

As Ryan Smart, Head of Product Management at Harwin, notes: “Our Gecko-MT range has already proved very popular with our customers in the aviation, space and high-end industrial markets. 

“These components provide a very effective way of reducing component count and saving PCB real estate by taking care of both power and data delivery. 

“Based on customer demand for a greater scope of different options, we’ve scaled up the number of variants. There is now a much wider choice of power and signal configurations, fitted with all our locking mechanism variations.”

All the new Harwin Gecko-MT connectors can be rapidly shipped from stock. The company also provides a cable assembly service on all Gecko connectors – supplying ready-made, fully inspected harnesses. 

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