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TE Connectivity's Hermaphroditic Blade and Receptacle Design Promotes Fast Assembly

TE Connectivity has introduced new wire-to-board plug connectors and board-to-board connectors to its family of hermaphroditic blade and receptacle connectors. The connectors are designed to make connecting of aluminum-clad printed circuit boards faster and easier.

The new plug connectors use tin-plated brass crimp-snap contacts for 18 to 22 AWG (0.3 to 0.9 mm2) stranded wire and a 94 V0-rated thermoplastic housing. The plug connector mates with board-mount connectors and features positive latching for a secure connection.

The low-profile surface-mount board connector uses a hermaphroditic blade and receptacle design to allow LED printed circuit board strips to join with more flexibility than traditional post-and-receptacle headers. Connections can be made by sliding the two boards together horizontally or vertically. The unique capability to slide the two boards together vertically makes replacement of a board in mid-strip easier by lifting up the strip to be replaced and lowering in the new one.

The same board-mount connector is used for both board-to-board and wire-to-board connectivity. The hermaphroditic design results in only one board-mount part needing to be inventoried and simplifies design by using the same footprint on both ends of the strip. Contacts are supplied in reeled form for processing by high-speed terminating equipment.

Connectors are available in 2, 4, or 6 positions. They are rated to 6 amps and 125 VAC/VDC, with an operating temperature range from -40°C to +105°C. They are UL/cUL recognized in File No. E28476.

TE Connectivity Left and Righ Hand Plugs

Key Features:

  • Available in 2, 4, and 6 positions
  • Positive latching
  • Connector accepts crimp-snap contacts
  • Connector mates to new hermaphroditic blade and receptacle board-to-board part number


  • LED Lighting Controls
  • LED Lighting Strips
  • Channel Lettering

See also:
Hermaphroditic Blade and Receptacle Connector (.pdf) for more product information, specifications, applications and ordering information.

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