Automotive-Grade Connectors meet Koshiri Security requirements.

Press Release Summary:

Optimized for mating integrity and protection from improper skew insertion, single-row MiniBridge™ Koshiri connectors meet Koshiri Security requirements for automotive LED/lighting applications. Scalable 1.27 mm pitch cable connector system, suited for conserving space in connections between PCBs and decentralized function units, is available with 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 pins and can carry up to 8 A per contact. Passive and active latching options are available.

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Erni Expands 1.27mm Minibridge(TM) Connector Family with Enhanced Koshiri Version

MiniBridge™ connector system now meets Koshiri Security requirements for automotive applications

RICHMOND, VA – ERNI, a leading supplier of connectors and value added services, has expanded its popular 1.27mm pitch MiniBridge™ cable connector family with the introduction of a robust version that is increasing in popularity in automotive LED/lighting applications. The single row MiniBridge Koshiri connectors offer significantly higher mating integrity and protection from improper skew insertion.

“The automotive industry has high demands on process reliability for connectors. For example, during a skewed connection process of the male and female parts, it is imperative the male connectors are not damaged. The new MiniBridge Koshiri connectors fulfill these needs for a reliable mating,” said Sam Hines and Product Coordinator at ERNI Electronics.

Due to its compact design, the scalable connector system is ideally suited for space saving connections between PCBs and decentralized function units, particularly important in the automotive market. Several connection options can be achieved using the straight and angled male and female connectors with 90° and 180° cable outlet. Depending on the application requirements, latching options are either passive (interference fit with soft latch) or active (positive latching). For ease of integration, the active latch is color-coded red in order to show that the cable system is positive latching. Standard offerings include either a black or black/red (active) housing. A new white version is also available for LED lighting applications that want to avoid shadowing effects that can be caused by the connector system.

The new MiniBridge variants with Koshiri security are available with 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 pins, and have a high current carrying capacity extending up to 8 amps per contact depending on the cable plant employed. The male connectors feature SMT termination, while the female parts offer IDC terminations, accepting either ribbon or discrete wire cable. AWG 22 single wire stranded cables can also be used. ERNI companies globally offer full turn-key services for custom cable requirements.

Pricing typically starts at $0.70 in volume with a lead time of 10-12 weeks.

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About ERNI
ERNI Electronics is a leading global manufacturer and worldwide supplier of a broad line of interconnects for the telecommunications, data communications, computer, industrial and medical markets. ERNI Electronics GmbH belongs to the international ERNI Group of companies specializing in electrical engineering and electronics. At present, the ERNI Group employs some 650 people, with annual sales of approximately 150 million Euros. ERNI has manufacturing operations in Europe and Asia, as well as sales offices in more than 40 countries. ERNI products are also marketed via a worldwide network of representatives and leading distributors.

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