Unified connector system for thin, LED-backlit LCD display panels

April 11, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Molex’ IllumiMate 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch wire-to-board connector system provides design flexibility with multiple mating and voltage configurations.

IllumiMate 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch wire-to-board connector system offers display, flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers more mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and locking types than any similar connector system, Molex asserts. By providing a single system, the IllumiMate family allows set makers to design various models around a single connector type and PCB footprint pattern.

The IllumiMate 1.00 mm saves about 50% of space compared to IllumiMate 1.25 mm and offers lower voltage options to help reduce power consumption. Both the 1.00 and 1.25 mm product families have different options in areas such as voltage, circuit sizes and wire gauge and share several key features including:

· Positive and friction locks for secure latching and space savings with an anti wire-tangling feature and middle friction lock with window for visible mating assurance.

· Polarisation guide ribs that protect the pins while preventing improper mating and side-to-side movement. The 1.00 mm pitch version has guide ribs located on the housing ends, while the1.25 mm pitch version has them towards the middle.

· Wide front solder tabs for strong PCB retention.

· Dual-contact terminal design, which offers electrical contact assurance with low insertion force.

Molex; www.molex.com/link/illumimate.html