Connector market trends: An investigation

9 11 2011

Judging by recent trends, connectors are getting smaller while also integrating greater levels of functionality. But why exactly is this happening?

Paul Jones, a leading product specialist, has suggested that manufacturers are making a deliberate effort to offer connectors that can handle increased levels of power and data.

“There is increasing demand for computing power,” suggested Jones. He also suggested there is a demand for “smaller interconnects. These are opposing forces and designers are having to explore the effects.”

But what is driving this new trend? Bob Hult, Director of Product Technology for connector market research specialist Bishop & Associates, said; “Product managers at leading connector manufacturers report demand for power connectors with increased current ratings in smaller envelopes, particularly in board-to-board interfaces used in the datacom industry.

“Although each chip may consume less power than its predecessor, systems often incorporate many more chips to provide greater functionality, upping the total current draw.”

Defining the product requirements

There also seems to be a general consensus among manufacturers that engineers and companies need to specify what they need from a connector a lot more.

Decisive estimations over how much power is required, how much power they can handle and what the ultimate aim of the product is can all help manufacturers deliver the correct product.

Customer satisfaction, within the context of the connector manufacturing industry, is related to how well the product meets the needs of the client.

The more a client can help the manufacturer by offering concise and detailed specifications, the more likely they are to get a product which they are happy with.

For further details on a vast range of connector supplied by leading manufacturers such as Amphenol, ebm-papst and interconnect, visit www.challengercomponents.com

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