Leading figure points to enduring popularity of circular connectors

29 11 2011

A leading figure in the UK connector industry has suggested that manufacturers are tending to fall back on ‘tried and trusted’ designs in uncertain times for electronics manufacturing.

David Phillips, UK Managing Director of Binder Connectors, suggests; “A lot of market sectors are very conservative, so designers fall back on tried and trusted products.

Nevertheless, circular connectors offer good price/performance, good electrical properties, ease of mating and simple locking”.

This market analysis follows news that, 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.”

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.”

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.

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