Micro power connectors provide design flexibility

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By Nick Flaherty

The mPower connector family has a 2.00 mm pitch (UMPT/UMPS) and is half the size of traditional power connectors that carry 20 A per blade in a larger form factor. This frees up the board for other components or minimising package size.

A wide variety of stack heights means mPOWER can be added to new or existing architectures alongside one of Samtec’s high-speed connector systems for a two-piece power and signal/ground solution. Stack heights range from 5 mm to 12 mm with up to 16 mm in development for increased compatibility with other high-speed connector systems. Compatible Samtec high-speed systems include AcceleRate HD, Edge Rate, SEARAY, SEARAY 0.80 mm, LP Array, Q Strip, Q2 and Tiger Eye.

Further design flexibility is available with a choice of 2, 3, 4 and 5 power blades (up to 10 blades in development). Matte Tin or 10 µ” Gold plating are standard with optional 30 µ” Gold plating to meet specific regulations. Additionally, the power blades have 2 stage mating, and can be selectively loaded to achieve any specific creepage and clearance requirements. Optional weld tabs provide increased stability on the board.

“I’m excited to add mPOWER to Samtec’s power portfolio – a product that will allow any signal connector to become a power/signal combo,” said Terry Emerson, micro rugged product manager at Samtec. “This product is a good fit for several industries and will aid with size minimization across all applications.”

A variety of other options are in development for mPOWER connectors including a right-angle version with 2 to 10 position counts, and a socket cable assembly to mate with both the vertical and right-angle terminal. The cable assembly will include latching for more rugged applications.

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