Micro and Nano Miniature Connectors for Unmanned Systems

Omnetics Introduces New PZN Miniature Connectors

By Caroline Rees / 08 Mar 2013
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Omnetic's Nano-SMT PZN Connectors shown on circuit board

Miniature wire harnesses and connectors are increasingly being adapted to the more rugged environment of portable military electronics. Reduced space for interconnections, demand for smaller more flexible wiring and tight area circuit board contact systems have pushed the limits of conventional connector systems.

To meet the new demands, Omnetics‘ PZN connectors have been designed, built and tested using military style nano-pin and sockets to sustain constant signal integrity during shock and vibration for portable electronic systems.

The connector contact spacing is set at 25 one-thousandths of an inch and uses both the male and female within the same insulator design. The connector design provides self-alignment during the mating process. Shell and lead formats for SMT and other shapes are readily available with contact counts from 4 to 24 leads. Typical wiring for cable interconnection is accomplished using 32 AWGTeflon® insulated multi-strand copper wire rated for up to 1 ampere of current.

Modern military equipment, robotics and surveillance circuitry typically requires reduced size, rugged portability and higher quality signal processing. Circuits using the new PZN connector family range from differential signal processing for digital image processing to low lever power routing to sub-circuits in modules.

The new format allows substantially more interconnection to fit within a smaller space envelope, enhancing capabilities of UAV electronics, probe handles and optical tools for surgery. In robotics applications each mechanical joint area can be addressed using the ultra-miniature PZN connectors to help signal routing and fit into the flexible circuit design being considered.

Omnetics is also able to offer a custom connector design service, allowing the production of custom design shapes of the PZN connector for directly fitment into existing circuitry. Custom connectors and cable systems can be delivered in as little as two days, and can include EMI shielding and/or multiple sets of shielded twisted pairs to keep circuit instructions separate and prevent noise intrusion.

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact