Tuesday, January 18, 2011

RF connectors

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd continues to grow its range of standard Coaxial and Triaxial connectors. Intelliconnect are able to offer very attractive lead times, exceptional customer service and competitive pricing for high volume requirements.

The standard RF connector product range from Intelliconnect includes the general purpose design N Series medium size connector. The N Series features a gasket for weatherproof operations. They operate up to 12GHz and can withstand rugged environmental conditions. This series can accommodate various coaxial cables, PCB, flange and bulkhead configurations.

The SMA Series miniature connector family is designed to be compatible with the small semi-rigid cables that have very low VSWR at high frequencies. In addition, other connectors in the series can accommodate flexible coaxial cable, PCB, flange, surface, edge and bulkhead configurations.

The medium size TNC Series are lightweight connectors with a weatherproof screw locking mechanism and may be used with small and medium size cables. The TNC series also accommodates various PCB, flange and bulkhead configurations and are generally used in applications up to 12 GHz.

The BMA series miniature connector series is designed to be compatible with the small semi-rigid cables that have very low VSWR up to 22 GHz. In addition, other connectors in the series can accommodate flexible coaxial cable, PCB, flange, surface and bulkhead configurations. These connectors are ideal for use in rack and panel applications and MIL versions are available.

Another miniature connector series is the SMB, this miniature connector series is designed to be compatible with the small semi-rigid and flexible cables such as RG316, RG174 and RG196. In addition, other connectors in the series can accommodate PCB, surface, edge and bulkhead configurations. This series is designed with a snap on mechanism. They are mated and unmated by a straight pull which makes them useful in areas that are inaccessible to normal mating action. The plugs have female contacts while the jacks have male contacts.

For the cellular telephone, information systems and communications markets the micro miniature size MCX connector series is an excellent design where weight and space are at a premium. This connector series has a quick snap-on locking mechanism. The MCX series is used with small, semi-rigid and flexible cables. These connectors can also accommodate various PCB, bulkhead, surface, edge, and press fit mount configurations.

Another standard coaxial range is the C Series general purpose medium size connector range that has a weatherproof bayonet locking mechanism. The C Series compliments the N-Type series by offering the same size fitting for the same cable groups. They are generally used in applications up to 11GHz

The final two standard product ranges available from Intelliconnect are Triaxial connectors designed primarily to reduce noise levels in systems along with providing an isolated ground. Both products are non-constant impedance and feature a state of the art clamping construction and weatherproof sealing features which ensures excellent termination to various twinaxial and triaxial cables. The TRB Series has the appearance of a BNC connector but incorporates a third conductor. The TRT Series has a thread coupling mechanism as designed on the TNC Series and has the appearance of a TNC but incorporates a third conductor.

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect Europe comments; "From the beginning Intelliconnect set out to offer high quality UK manufactured RF connectors which not only meet our customer’s technical requirements but also their manufacturing system’s requirements. Reliable component supply and on-time deliveries are more important now than ever, UK sourced components and manufacture mean we can support our customers with a full JIT and Kanban service."

Typical specifications for the Intelliconnect standard range of RF connectors include temperature range of -65°C to +165°C, vibration to MIL-STD-202, Method 204, shock to MIL-STD-202, Method 213, corrosion (Salt Spray) to MIL-STD-202, Method 101 and moisture Resistance: MIL-STD-202, Method 106. All Intelliconnect RF connectors are designed in accordance with US MIL-PRF-39012, MIL-STD-348, CECC: 22 110, IEC: 169-15 and BS9210N0006

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