Lisle, Ill. – Molex Inc. has introduced its IllumiMate 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch wire-to-board connector system that offers a variety of mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and locking types for flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers. By providing a single system, the IllumiMate family allows TV manufacturers to design various models around a single connector type and PCB footprint pattern, said Molex.
The IllumiMate 1.00 mm saves about 50 percent of space compared to the IllumiMate 1.25 mm and offers lower voltage options to help reduce power consumption, said Molex. Although the product families offer different options in areas such as voltage, circuit sizes and wire gauge, they share several features including:
- Positive and friction locks for secure latching and space savings with an anti wire-tangling feature and middle friction lock with window for visible mating assurance.
- Polarization guide ribs that protect the pins while preventing improper mating and side-to-side movement. The 1.00-mm pitch version has guide ribs located on the housing ends, while the1.25-mm pitch version has them towards the middle.
- Wide front solder tabs for strong PCB retention.
- Dual-contact terminal design, which offers electrical contact assurance with low insertion force.
“The application of LED backlights to flat panel TVs continues to grow as manufacturers look to achieve more brilliant resolution and lower power consumption while providing thinner screens and a greater variety of sizes and functions. Previously, there wasn’t one connector family that could meet all these different needs,” said Goji Tanabe, regional product manager, Molex, in a statement. “The new IllumiMate 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch series from Molex not only addresses the demand for narrow-width, low-power connectors, but also the need for greater versatility by providing the widest range of mating and voltage configurations in the industry today.”