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Molex Incorporated Introduces World’s Smallest FPC Connector that Offers Secure Contact Retention

LISLE, Ill. – October 22, 2008 – Molex Incorporated introduces a new 0.25mm (.010”) pitch FPC connector, which saves up to 40 percent of space compared to similar 0.30mm pitch connectors for applications in cell phones and other mobile devices. This new SMT ZIF (zero insertion force) connector offers the smallest overall size in terms of height, depth and length of any FPC connector in the market today.

Available from 21 to 39 circuits, Molex’s SMT ZIF connector includes spring features on the terminals, ensuring secure electrical contact is maintained even if the cable is pulled up or down after actuation. The terminal design also provides full ZIF functionality, which means no contact is made between the cable and connector during insertion, providing protection against wear or damage to the FPC contact pads.

The front flip Easy-OnTM actuator offers easy cable access and strong cable retention. An actuator-to-housing friction lock provides additional cable retention and an audible click when mating. The 0.25mm pitch cable has a similar layout and tolerances as 0.30mm pitch cable, which makes it more economical and easier to source than 0.20mm pitch cable.

The SMT ZIF bottom-contact series is rated at 0.2 amps and 50 volts. Operators can ensure the cable is properly placed, because it includes a large open area where the cable is inserted. The housing design also features a flat, open area to accommodate pick-and-place equipment. Front solder tabs under the housing provide space savings, stability, and strain relief for SMT solder joints.

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