The connector is an indispensable component in most electronic products. It is responsible for transmitting current voltage or optical signals. It is widely used in aerospace, automotive, industrial, 3C, medical and other industries. As China has developed into the world’s largest connector market, in recent years, the major industries that drive connector growth are 5G communication, electric vehicle and industrial 4.0, which is a rare market opportunity for connector companies. .
Traditional connectors require three major performances, namely mechanical, electrical and environmental performance. The so-called mechanical properties refer to the performance of the connector insertion and extraction; electrical properties include contact resistance, insulation resistance and electrical strength requirements; and environmental performance requires the connector to have basic temperature, humidity, vibration and For shocks, etc., for these basic requirements, emerging markets also need to be maintained.
In addition to the above basic requirements, the new application market also has new requirements for connectors, that is, new connectors are smaller, more reliable, wireless performance is stronger, and certain intelligence is available. This is a new demand in the market. For enterprises, connectors can only grasp new market opportunities if they meet such requirements. In general, the development trend of connector technology in the next few years is as follows:
Six major trends in connectors
First, high frequency and high speed connector technology
In many 5G communication applications, the connector carries the transformation of optical signals and electrical signals. With the advent of the 5G Internet of Things era, 5G’s high data and high transmission requirements are destined to require connector performance upgrades, while high-frequency high-speed Features have become new requirements.
Second, wireless transmission connector technology
In the era of the Internet of Things, wireless technology will also be ubiquitous. In addition to the contact connection method as before, the connector will guarantee the connection of wireless transmission in many occasions such as industry and automobile. After all, the dual protection is the safest.
Third, smaller and more convenient connector technology
Previous connectors used for many contacts, which were populated in many expansion card slots. Of course, in the 5G era, there might be dozens of connectors in a fiber optic device, which required smaller connectors for higher performance connections.
Fourth, higher precision and lower cost
Since the car is very demanding on safety, the car connector is originally a very large market. With the development of electric cars, the connectors will be more demanding in terms of accuracy and cost, and they will be more popular than the previous connectors. .
Five, smarter connector technology
With the advent of the AI era, the connector may not only implement a simple transmission function, but in the future, in the switching power supply, in addition to ensuring the electrical signal data, the connector can perform simple intelligent judgment and protection, output correct data and avoid power supply. Damage, of course, this requires the support of IC technology.
Sixth, the automatic production technology of the connector
In the traditional connector design and production, the artificial part is the main part, and with the development of industrial automation, especially the precision machining, grinding tools and CAD of the connector, these advanced machines will become the main force of the industry.
Post time: Oct-31-2019