|[December 13, 2012]
AVX's New Single-Piece, Bottom Entry, Card Edge Connector Solves Space, Cost, Process, and Reliability Issues in Edison-Replacement LED Bulbs
GREENVILLE, S.C. --(Business Wire)--
AVX (News - Alert) Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and
interconnect solutions, has developed a new high-performance, bottom
entry, board-to-board, card edge connector system designed for use in
Edison-replacement LED bulb assemblies. Providing significant cost and
process improvements over existing products and termination methods,
AVX's new 9159-500 surface mount, bottom entry, card edge connector
allows a perpendicular PCB to be mated to a top-mounted main FR4 or
metal core PCB from the bottom side using standard pick and place
equipment and reflow soldering. Consequently, the new 9159 Series card
edge connector provides a single-piece volume production solution that
eliminates the labor-intensive process of hand soldering wires to the
top side of the PCB in LED replacement bulbs.
"AVX developed its new 9159 Series bottom entry, card edge connector in
response to the steady growth of the LED replacement bulb market and, in
particular, the popularity of Edison-replacement LED bulbs," said Tom
Anderson, product manager at AVX. "Edison-replacement bulbs pose several
electronic design challenges with regards to space, cost, and
reliability, but this latest addition to the 9159 connector series
satisfies all of these application challenges by providing both high
performance and high reliability in a compact, cost-effective design."
AVX's new 9159-500 single-piece, bottom entry, board-to-board connector
is available in a range of 2-6 positions, which allows for increased
functionality in applcation designs, such as color control or specific
line control. For example, white bulbs only require two connections,
while architectural bulbs require two connections for power and ground
in addition to four control lines to support red, green, blue, and white
coloring. Featuring dual PCB slot widths, the bottom entry, card edge
connector is also compatible with both 0.8mm and 1.6mm PCBs, which
provides design engineers with increased flexibility regarding PCB
layout and selection. The connector is also available with or without a
safety cap, which can be supplied either preassembled or separately, and
features an extremely low-profile through-board height (1.00mm with the
cap and 0.6mm without) to avoid interfering with light output.
Rated for 10 mating cycles, 2A per contact, 250VAC/DC, and use in
temperatures ranging from -40°C to +120°C, the 2mm pitch connector
provides high performance in a compact design, as well as facilitates
fast assembly and board removal. Featuring gold-plated beryllium-copper
(BeCu) spring contacts, the connector also provides long-term
reliability, substantial insertion force tolerance, and maximum mating
travel to absorb common manufacturing tolerances.
Fully insulated with halogen-free material, AVX's 9159-500 bottom entry,
card edge connector features UL1977 approval, as well as meets the UL94
V-0 flammability standard.
Advantages over competitive surface mount, bottom entry, board-to-board,
card edge connectors designed for use in solid-state lighting
applications include: multiple position offerings, nearly twice the
position density, twice the current capacity, a higher voltage rating,
compatibility with two PCB thicknesses, a higher maximum operating
temperature, better electrical characteristics, superior contacts, an
optional versus integrated cap for reduced height, 33% less height above
the PCB, 20% less board space, and larger assembly tolerances.
Although targeted at the LED bulb and spotlight markets, AVX's new
9159-500 single-piece, surface mount, bottom entry, card edge connector
can also be used for rear connections on strip PCBs in addition to
several other application that require rear plug-ins.
For more information, please visit www.avx.com,
call 864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C.
AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic
passive components and interconnect solutions with 24 manufacturing and
customer support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers
a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters,
timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is
publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).
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