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Connectors

Connectors are components used to conduct and transfer signals (electrical, optical, rf, etc.) or power from one cable to another.

AC Power Connectors - AC power connectors transfer alternating current through a variety of electronic devices. AC power connectors include simple AC inlets, outlets, and power entry modules.

Audio Connectors - Audio connectors are used to affix cables to other audio equipment, providing electronic signal transference and grounding protection.

Automotive Electrical Connectors - Automotive Electrical Connectors are designed to be used specifically in vehicles.

Board Mount Connectors - Board Mounted Connectors or Circuit Board Connectors are connectors that can be used as components embedded on a computer board.

Board to Board Connectors - Board to board connectors are used to connect printed circuit boards (PCB). Each terminal connects to a PCB.

Centronics Connectors - Centronics connectors are standard parallel interface devices for connecting printers and other peripherals such as portable disc drives, tape backup drives, and CD-ROM players to computers.

Circular Connectors - Circular connectors are multi-pin connectors primarily used for external interfacing.

Coaxial Connectors - Coaxial connectors are composed of an insulated central conducting wire wrapped in another cylindrical conductor (the shield). The cable is usually wrapped in another insulating layer and an outer protective layer. Coaxial cables and connectors have the capacity to carry vast quantities of information. They are typically used in high-speed data and CATV applications.

DIN Connectors - DIN connectors are high frequency, multi-pin, electrical connectors that meet standards established by Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), a German national organization for standardization. The ends of DIN connectors are round, notched, and protected by a metal skirt to ensure that pins line up correctly.

D-Subminiature Connectors - D-subminiature or D-sub connectors are sturdy electrical connectors with a mating face shaped like the letter D. They provide polarization because male and female connectors can fit together in only one way.

Edge Connectors - Card edge connectors are edge-on connectors designed for single-sided or double-sided printed circuit boards (PCBs).

Electrical Connectors - Electrical connectors are devices that join electrical circuits together. Male connectors plug into receptacles, jacks, and outlets. Female connectors contain sockets to receive other devices.

Electrical Receptacles - Electrical receptacles, outlets, and wall sockets accept plugs and provide current to run electrical devices.

Fibre Channel Connectors - Fibre Channel connectors are high-speed connectors used in Fibre Channel systems.

FireWire® Connectors - IEEE 1394 connectors are used to connect FireWire® devices such as host controllers, adapters, hard drives, hubs, repeaters, and card readers. FireWire, a registered trademark of Apple Computer, is a communications protocol for the transmission of data, video, and audio over a single cable at very high bit rates.

Flexible Circuits - Flexible circuits use polyimide films and other foldable substrates to meet the requirements of complex electronic manufacturing applications.

Gender Changers - Gender changers are devices that change the end of a cable into another type, allowing two cable assemblies with the same or different genders to mate.

Heavy Duty Rectangular Connectors - Heavy duty rectangular connectors are designed to accommodate large electrical loads and direct signals under a multitude of operating conditions.

IC Interconnect Components - IC interconnect components interface or connect a microelectronic semiconductor chip to a board or larger scale device.

IC Package Converters and Adapters - IC package converters and adapters are electronic interconnect devices that are used to interface different types of integrated circuit (IC) sockets.

IC Pin Probes - IC pin probes are used to test integrated circuits (ICs).

IC Probing Adapters and Analysis Adapters - IC probing adapaters and analysis adapters are interconnect devices used for in-circuit testing of integrated circuit (IC) packages. The adapter provides connections for test equipment and logic analyzers.

IC Sockets and Headers - IC sockets and headers are board-mounted female connectors that serve as carriers for integrated circuit (IC) chips.

Inductive Couplings - Inductive couplings are used in the non-contact transmission of electrical power or electronic signals through stationary, rotating, or moving equipment via an inductive connection.

Instrument and Computer Power Connectors - Instrument power connectors and computer power connectors are used to connect a computer’s power supply to a hard disk, floppy disk, compact disk (CD), digital video disk (DVD), or other type of disk drive.

Interposers - Interposers are special connecting devices that are used to interface one socket to another.

Medical Electronics Connectors - Medical electronics connectors are used with medical devices and medical equipment in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, and other healthcare facilities.

Micro Connectors and Nano Connectors - Micro connectors and nano connectors exhibit contact pitches of 0.05'' (micro) and 0.025'' (nano), respectively.

Military (MIL-SPEC) Connectors - Military (MIL-SPEC) connectors are built in accordance with military specifications. Their design takes into account the need to protect the connection from environmental factors, allowing them to be used in military and aerospace applications.

Modular Connectors and RJ Connectors - Modular enclosures consist of smaller components that can be assembled to create custom enclosures, often for temporary or mobile systems. These modular components are available in standard sizes and allow modular enclosures to be used for a variety of purposes.

PC Card Connectors - PC card connectors are used to connect PC cards, CompactFlash cards, and other devices to computers.

PCB Pins and Receptacles - PCB pins and PCB receptacles are electronic interconnect devices for printed circuit boards (PCB). PCB pins are male connectors. PCB receptacles are female connectors.

PCB Terminal Blocks - PCB terminal blocks are modular, insulated devices that mount on printed circuit boards (PCBs) and secure two or more wires together. Some have integral pin terminals and mount through holes in the board. Others plug into PCB-mounted pin strips.

Phone Jacks and Plugs - Phone jacks and plugs are connectors used with telephones. They are also known as modular jacks (female) and modular plugs (male).

Power Connectors - Power connectors transfer AC or DC through a variety of electronic devices and are used in a variety of commercial, industrial, and residential applications. Power connectors range from simple AC or DC inlets and outlets to sophisticated power entry modules

Power Entry Modules - Power entry modules are composed of a connector and a mounting case with features to produce the highly conditioned output necessary for medical or sensitive instrumentation.

Power Plugs - Power plugs are male connectors used to distribute power to electrical devices.

Quick Disconnect Cordsets - Quick disconnect cordsets are special power connectors that incorporate a quick-connect mating geometry, typically by twisting and seating for positive contact. These devices are used on machinery and equipment for safety purposes.

RF and Microwave Connectors - RF and microwave connectors are used to connect the ends of cables in systems that operate in the radio frequency (RF) or microwave spectrum. They include threaded or bayonet-style couplings that snap, screw, or push into place.

Slip Rings - Slip rings are metal rings that provide a continuous electrical connection through brushes on stationary contacts. They are generally mounted on the rotating part of a machine.

Solar Connectors - Solar Connectors are connectors specially designed to be used in the transmission of current produced in solar systems.

Solenoid Valve Connectors - Solenoid valve connectors are used to connect solenoid valves and pressure switches.

Terminal Blocks - Terminal blocks are modular, insulated blocks that secure two or more wires together. Terminal blocks consist of an insulating body and a clamping device. Their flexibility allows wiring to be centralized and makes it easier to maintain complex control circuits.

Thermocouple Connectors - Thermocouple connectors are used to transmit temperature readings from a thermocouple (T/C).

USB Connectors - USB connectors are used with universal serial bus (USB) ports. They can be used to connect USB products together, or to connect USB wires and peripherals to other standard port types.

Video Connectors - Video connectors are electrical connectors used for carrying analog or digital data and video signals. They can be used on the end of a cable, as part of an electronics device, or with another device with a video input or output.

Wire to Board Connectors - Wire-to-board connectors are used to interconnect printed circuit boards (PCBs) by using connectors attached to wires.

Wire to Wire Connectors - Wire-to-wire connectors are used to connect two wire-terminated connectors.

Wire, Cable, and Connector Tools - Wire, cable and connector tools are used to assemble and install wires, cables and connectors.

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