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ix Industrial™ Press Release
November 9, 2016.

A Compact Future Ethernet Interface: ix Industrial™
Our Mission: To Improve Performance!

HIROSE Electric Co., Ltd., based in Tokyo, Japan, and HARTING Electronics GmbH, Espelkamp Germany, held a joint press conference presenting a miniaturised high-speed connector for robust Ethernet cabling at the autumn trade show "electronica" on 9 November 2016 in Munich (Hall B2 / stand 542)


The ix Industrial™ arose from a collaboration between HIROSE and HARTING. It offers a broad technological basis for a new standard in the area of the familiar RJ45.


As a response to the challenging and increasing demand for global digitalisation, both partners – HIROSE and HARTING – recently agreed to combine their strengths. The result of this joint effort is the ix Industrial™ – a new miniaturised Ethernet interface for high-speed data rates. The two partners have jointly standardised the ix Industrial™ mating face in compliance with IEC/PAS 61076-3-124. Meeting this standard provides for future technologies and applications in IoT (Internet of Things) and others. The mass production is planned to start in April 2017.


"Together, HIROSE and HARTING will now be able to offer our customers the combined expertise of two leading interconnect technologies, with their global presence and proximity to customer design and manufacturing locations." said HIROSE President Kazunori Ishii at the press conference held at electronica. Speaking at the same event, Philip Harting, Chairman of the Board of the HARTING Technology Group, added: "Successful collaboration in developing, standardising and marketing the miniaturised connection technology for 10Gbit Ethernet is a genuine win-win situation for both companies. We want to extend this partnership further."


HIROSE and HARTING will collaborate even more closely in research and development in the future. More standards are also planned.


Miniaturisation with a more robust construction

The mission of the ix Industrial™ is clear: for a better high-speed performance in industrial data traffic. It is smaller, more robust and powerful in comparison with the RJ45. Due to this small robust design, it makes fast Ethernet available in a number of different industrial applications.


With a 70% size reduction compared to a conventional RJ45, the ix Industrial™ connector provides more connections using less space on the PCB, space that can be utilized more efficiently. The ix Industrial™ is ideal for the continuous miniaturisation of applications especially in the Industrial communication network.(PLC’s / Controllers / Motion and Drives / Robotics / FA cameras, etc.)


The socket has 5 THR (Through-hole reflow) shielding contacts for maximum retention on the PCB. The robust structure of the ix Industrial™ ensures stability in harsh environments.


With performance to Cat. 6A, the ix Industrial™ interface is configured for 1 / 10 Gbit/s Ethernet and is therefore future-proof. High current load capacity accommodates the PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) applications of today and tomorrow. The combination of high-speed data transmission and power in one interface, provides ideal solutions for space saving requirements.

Caption: The HIROSE ix Industrial™ interface is standardised in compliance with IEC/PAS 61076-3-124.



HIROSE Electric, as one of the world’s leaders in the connectivity industry, specializes in the challenging development and manufacture of electronic connectors in a wide range of industries, including industrial, automotive, information & communication, medical and consumer electronics particularly for the smartphone. With about 80 years of experience, our expertise is not only miniaturizing, but also high-speed, high-reliability, high-power and advanced manufactory technologies. HIROSE has 24 sales offices globally, 8 manufacturing facilities and 5 R&D centers in 13 different countries, with dedicated teams of over 4,000 professionals generating sales of JPY 120 billion in the 2014/15 fiscal year.



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