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AVX has expanded its 917x series of discrete wire-to-board connectors with the 9176-400 series contact and cap for solid-state lighting (SSL), automotive and industrial applications.

The 9176-400 series is said to be the smallest discrete surface-mount IDC wire-to-board connector with a 6A rating.

917x series connectors are suitable for almost every applications where there is a requirement to connect a single wire to a PCB.

The new connector offers a smaller-profile and lower-cost alternative by providing a simple, reliable SMT termination point for 22-24AWG wires, especially SSL and industrial applications.

Individual contacts can be located anywhere on the PCB, enabling design freedom.

Originally developed to meet harsh environment automotive and industrial applications, the IDC contact system has been tested to automotive levels of shock, vibration, and temperature cycling to prove their reliability and robustness.

The single, standalone component enables a range of devices to be connected to the PCB without soldering, simply by inserting a wire into the SMT contact with a small tool or optional retention/termination cap.

While the IDC contact provides a gas-tight connection to conductor of the wire, the optional cap provides a positive strain relief in severe vibration applications.

To facilitate repair, wires can be removed and replaced up to three times.

A large SMT solder base provides maximum stability on the PCB.

Tom Anderson, product manager at AVX, said: ’This single contact meets the cost and performance requirements for the repeatable wire termination of leaded devices and individual wires for harsh environment applications.

’In SSL applications specifically, these contacts are used to bring power and signal onto the PCB or to daisy chain multiple boards together in a long string.

’Other important applications include smart-grid meters and industrial devices,’ he added.

Supplied on tape and reel packaging for standard SMT processing, these 9176-400 contacts reduce the total applied cost when compared with two-piece systems, and the simple IDC termination process provides reliability, repeatability and easier repair than solder terminations.

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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