A research report providing a description of the major connector initiatives and their impact on technology driving the connector industry has been published by Bishop & Assoc in the US. The aim of the report is to create a resource for understanding the new technologies, their purpose and uniqueness and to provide a basis for determining their viability in an ever-changing world of electronic systems.
A standalone cable wiring configuration tester to identify and test most common PC connection leads includes a range of connector types and is suitable for testing data cables, network cables, printer cables, monitor cables, modem cables, mouse cables, game cables, USB cables, etc.
If all goes as planned, two rovers named Spirit and Opportunity will explore the surface of Mars next year, gathering geologic information and beaming the results back to Earth. However, the environment is so extreme that the rovers will be equipped with heaters to keep the electronic gear warm enough to operate properly as temperatures can dip to -120 degrees C. Futures space probes will involve even more extreme environments, with temperatures as high as 460 degrees Celsius on Venus and as low as -180 Celsius on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.
Bishop and Associates has released a report covering technology roadmapping on electronic connectors. It includes the National Electronic Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) 2002 Electronics Industry Roadmap on CD.
Hirose has released a 0.3 mm contact pitch, 1.25 mm above the board connector. FH23 series type FPC has a low insertion force and a high holding force. There is no need to hold the FPC after insertion in the connector. The connector will hold it in the correct position, allowing closing of the actuator. The number of contact positions available are 17, 27, 31, 33, 39 and 61.