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Harwin Provides Industry with Smallest and Most Lightweight Mixed-Layout Connectors To Date

October 22, 2019 by Harwin

This article highlights Harwin Gecko-SL series as part of high-reliability (hi-rel) connector portfolio that all support 10A current delivery applications.

Featuring cable, vertical & right-angle PCB versions that all support 10A current delivery

Harwin continues to extend the scope of its high-reliability (hi-rel) connector portfolio through the introduction of mixed-layout versions of the company’s popular Gecko-SL series. By complementing the data contacts with two or four power contacts (in power/data configurations of either 1+8+1 or 2+8+2), the Gecko-MT products enable significant space and weight reductions in electronic hardware. This means that they address modern system designs where major constraints can be placed on these parameters. The respective power and data current ratings are 10A and 2.8A max per contact.

The initial release comprises female and male cable connectors, plus female vertical and male right-angle PCB connector options. These components are fitted with sturdy, stainless steel screw-lok fixings (in both conventional and reversed formats), to ensure ongoing interconnect integrity in even the most challenging of application environments. They have 20G vibration and 100G shock resilience and their operational temperature range spans from -65°C to 150°C. Low outgassing properties are also exhibited.

By encompassing both data and power in a single compact and lightweight solution, Gecko-MT connectors are highly optimized for avionics, defense, space, and motorsport. Among the key target applications are robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battery management and satellites. They are available from stock and through Harwin’s distribution network. In addition, cable assemblies can be requested for manufacture by Harwin’s in-house operations.

“By specifying Gecko-MT, engineers will be able to streamline their designs, improve the size and weight profiles and reduce bill-of-materials costs by using a smaller and lower-cost component than comparable Micro-D connectors,” states John Brunt, Product Manager for High-Reliability at Harwin. “By combining together power and signal in one robust mating pair, savings can be made in both weight and space, without any compromise in performance or longevity.”


About Harwin

Harwin – it’s all in the detail.

Electrical components engineered to the highest possible standards.

Since 1952, the de Laszlo family have been dedicated to delivering the ultimate in quality. So much so, we manage the whole manufacturing process in house, from R&D to packaging. We even develop our own fixtures and assembly machines. Over the last 60 years, our active portfolio has grown to feature 20,000+ interconnects and PCB hardware items – but our exceptional standards haven’t changed one bit.

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We keep investing in the latest computer-aided design and engineering facilities to drive advancements and retain our position as the industry’s innovators. We also replace equipment on a five-year cycle. Further helping to ensure our future is every bit as bright as our distinguished past.

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We have offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, USA, and Singapore, with sales consultants based in Europe and the USA. This gives us a global reach and comprehensive understanding of the latest technologies and ensures we’re always there for our customers whenever they need us.

Our components might be small, but you can rely on them to play a huge part in your success.