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Connector Basics You'll Want to Know

What is a connector? What role do connectors have? How do I choose the right one? What should I pay attention to when designing? Hirose Electric, with over 80 years of history as a specialized manufacturer of connectors, introduces basic knowledge on connectors over a series of Connector 101 articles.

​(Part 1) The Role of Connectors and What to Pay Attention to During Design​

What is the role of a connector? In the first article, we will start with why connectors were first made.
In addition, we will discuss the common requirements of connectors for various applications, which will lead to points of caution when designing.

​(Part 2) Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: Cable Connection

Part 2 focuses on the topic “Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: Cable Connection”.
There are three main types of cable connection methods: solder, which has been around for a long time, crimp, in which the metal terminals are compressed and reshaped; and insulation displacement connection (IDC), in which the cable core is pushed into the slit of the terminal. Let's take a look at the differences and features of each.

(Part 3) Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: Board Mounting​

In this third article titled “Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: Board Mounting”, we discuss the second of the three key connection points for the correct transmission of electricity. There are two main methods of board mounting: through hole technology and SMT soldering. Let's take a look at the differences and features of each.

[Coming Soon] (Part 4) Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: Contact Portion

[Coming Soon] (Part 4) Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: Contact Portion

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The final step in the connector assembly process, connector mating, in which the connectors are fit together, is important. This article covers the key points to ensure stable and correct electricity transmission.

[Coming Soon] (Part 5) Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: Connection Components by Material

[Coming Soon] (Part 5) Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: Connection Components by Material

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Connector types are classified based on the parts and materials used in the connecting portion. Each type has its own name. This section introduces shielded cable, FPC/FFC, coaxial cable, and optical fiber based on material.

[Coming Soon] (Part 6) Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: connecting parts of connection, by material

[Coming Soon] (Part 6) Key Interconnection Points for Connectors: connecting parts of connection, by material

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This section defines the words and terminology that you often see in catalogs when selecting connectors. Component types and their naming including external interface, internal mounting, and lock, are explained.

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