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   ARINC       ARINC is a technical standard for the avionic industry. An ARINC connector complies with this standard and is used to interface avionic equipment. 
   Audio Connectors       Audio connectors are used in audio, microphone and other related systems. 
   Automotive Connectors       Connectors are mainly used by the automotive industry. 
   Battery / Power Supply Connectors       Battery and power supply connectors include standard devices such as 9-volt, AAA, AA, C, and D batteries as well as specialized devices such as NiCad batteries. 
   Board-to-Board Connectors       Board-to-board connectors are used to connect printed circuit boards (PCB). Each terminal connects to a PCB. 
   Edge Card Connectors       Edge card connectors are edge-on printed circuit board connectors for single or double-sided PCBs. Examples include PCI and ISA bus connectors. The edge card, the portion of the PCB used to provide external electrical connection, is normally gold plated. 
   Centronics Connector       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. Centronics connectors, which are also known as blade connectors, are the standard connector for the Hewlett-Packard interface bus (HPIB). They are generally available in 50 and 68 pin varieties.      
   Circular / Cylindrical Connectors       Circular connectors and cylindrical connectors are multi-pin connectors used primarily for external interfacing. In general, they are used in military applications and are built in accordance with military specifications. Their design takes into account the need to protect the connection from environmental factors, which allows them to be used in military and aerospace applications. 
   Coaxial Connectors       Coaxial cables 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 have the capacity to carry vast quantities of information. They are typically used in high-speed data and CATV applications. 
   CompactFlash® Card Connectors       CompactFlash® is a very small, removable, mass storage PC card. At approximately half the size of an ATA Flash card, CompactFlash can have extremely high megabyte (MB) capacities. CompactFlash is a registered trademark of the CompactFlash Association. 
   Telecom / Data / Network Connectors       Connectors are used in the telephone, data and network industry. 
   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. Both male and female DIN connectors are available. Male connectors plug into receptacles, jacks, and outlets and contain three to fourteen pins ranging in size from approximately 5/8” to just under 1” in diameter. Female connectors contain sockets for pins from other devices. The number of pins or sockets in a DIN connector corresponds to the number of wires in the coaxial cable. Often, DIN cables are referred to numerically so that, for example, a four-wire DIN cable is called a “DIN 4”.  
   European Type Connectors       Connectors are made using European standards. 
   Fibre Channel Connectors       Connector used in Fibre Channel systems. Fibre Channel technology uses optical fibers to connect computers and peripheral devices that require high bandwidth. It functions via a serial data transfer architecture that is compatible with SCSI. The most prominent Fibre Channel standard is Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL), which can support full-duplex data transfer rates of 100MBps. 
   IEEE 1394FireWire® (IEEE 1394)       IEEE 1394 or FireWire® is an interface standard adopted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for very fast digital data transfers such as streaming video. IEEE 1394 connectors are used to transmit and receive data among FireWire devices, and are designed to replace external high-speed peripheral connections to personal computers, including hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, graphics cards, high-speed scanners, direct video, monitors, etc. Tiny, robust FireWire connectors will also become important parts of home entertainment, communication, and appliance networks. FireWire is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.  
   Gender Changer       Gender changers are connectors that make it possible to change the end of a cable into another type. Simply put, they are double-ended connectors that enable converting a male connector into a female connector, and vice versa. 
   Header Connectors       Header connectors constitute the base or mounting plate of an electronic package to which chips and leads are attached.  This is a broad category of connector types. Headers are common inside personal computers connecting disk drives, CD drives, and the serial and parallel ports to the motherboard. Box headers have an enclosure around the contacts. Pin headers do not have an enclosure. 
   Rectangular Connectors, Heavy Duty       Heavy-duty rectangular connectors are designed to accommodate large electrical loads and direct signals under a multitude of operating conditions. 
   IEEE 1284 Connectors       IEEE 1284 connectors use a parallel port protocol. Three connectors conform to the IEEE 1284 standard: 1284 Type A (25-pin DB-25 connectors), 1284 Type B (full-size Centronics connectors), and 1284 Type C (half-size Centronics connectors). 
   Internal Computer Connectors       Internal computer connectors are used to connect devices inside computers. Examples include power connectors, RAM memory slots (SIMM, DIMM, etc.), LEDs, processors, etc. 
   Memory Card Connector       Connectors used to interface memory cards with motherboards. 
   Micro Connectors and Nano Connectors       Micro connectors and Nano connectors exhibit contacts with a pitch of 0.05" (micro) and 0.025'' (Nano), respectively.  
   Military Connectors       Military connectors (MIL-SPEC) are shell type connectors 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 connectors and registered jack (RJ) connectors are similar, yet distinct types of connectors. Modular connectors and RJ connectors are plug-in units used in many networking and telecommunications applications. In general equipment are said to be modular when they made of plug-in units that can be added together to make the system larger or to improve its capabilities. Registered Jack (RJ) type connectors are one type of modular connectors. RJ is a telephone and data jack standard/application registered with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The names of devices such as RJ-11 and RJ-45 are widely misused in the telecommunications industry. A more precise way to identify a jack is to specify the number of positions (width of opening) and the number of conductors. Examples include “8-position, 8-conductor” and “6-position, 4-conductor". Some jacks have protective capabilities such as integrated filters to protect against unwanted signals or some type of magnetics to provide filtering signal conditioning, and isolation. 
   Panel Interface Connectors       Panel interface connectors (PIC) are devices installed in the outside of a panel that houses a PLC, a computer, or other devices. The PIC allows the user to interface the PLC or the computer without opening the panel door avoiding potential safety hazards. 
   PCB Connectors       Printed circuit board (PCB) connectors include USB, BNC, Centronics and D-Subminiature connectors, as well as headers, sockets, etc. 
   PC Card Connectors       PC cards are credit card size peripherals that add memory, mass storage, and I/O capabilities to computers in a rugged, compact form factor. Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) is a non-profit trade association and standards body that promotes PC card technology, miniature cards, and SmartMedia® cards by defining technical standards. In the past, PC cards were known as PCMCIA cards. Now, the industry refers to products based on this technology as PC cards, PC card hosts, and PC Card Software. Only the association itself is referred to as the PCMCIA. SmartMedia is a registered trademark of Toshiba Corporation. 
   Phone Jacks / Plugs       Phone jacks (female) and phone plugs (male) are connectors used for telephone installations. They are also known as modular jacks and modular plugs. The word "modular" refers to a phone construction format introduced by AT&T in the 1970s that allowed installers to assemble phones at customer locations by selecting specific components that plugged together, instead of needing hard wiring. 
   RF and Microwave Connectors       Connectors are used in RF and microwave applications. 
   Flat or Ribbon Cable Connectors       Ribbon connectors attached to ribbon cables. This broad category includes Centronics, D-Subminiature, and edge card connectors. 
   SCSI Connectors       Small computer system interface (SCSI) connectors are used to connect peripherals to computers. These connectors are parallel devices. 
   Solenoid Valve Connectors       Solenoid valve connectors are used to connect solenoid valves and pressure switches. 
   USB Connectors       Universal serial bus (USB) connectors support USB standard ports. USB is an external bus standard that supports data transfer rates of 12 Mbps in version 1.1 and 480 Mbps in version 2.0. A single USB port can be used to connect up to 127 peripheral devices, such as mice, modems, and keyboards. USB also supports both plug-and-play and hot plugging. 
   Other       Other unlisted application types. 
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   AdvancedTCA       Advanced telecom computing architecture or AdvancedTCA (ATCA) connectors are used to connect or interface AdvancedTCA devices and boards to systems or motherboards. 
   Banana Plug       Banana plugs or connectors are slender, slightly bulged metal prongs that are attached to the stripped end of a speaker cable by a setscrew in a plastic or metal sleeve.  Banana plugs can be inserted into a special jack that sits almost flush with the component's surface or into a binding post (see below); the slight bulge keeps the plug firmly in place. A dual prong version (dual banana plug) is also available. 
   BNC       Bayonet Neil-Councilman (BNC) connectors were designed for military applications, but are used widely in video and RF applications to 2 GHz. BNC connectors have a slotted outer conductor and a plastic dielectric that causes increasing losses at higher frequencies. BNC connectors are usable above 4 GHz as long as the slots radiate signals; however, these devices may not be mechanically stable to 10 GHz. Both 50Ω and 75Ω BNC connectors are available. BNC connectors are also known as bayonet navy connectors or baby Neil connectors. 
   CompactPCI       CompactPCI (cPCI) connectors are used to connect or interface CompactPCI devices and boards to systems or motherboards. 
   DVI       Digital video interface (DVI) connectors are used to transfer digital, audio or video signals. 
   D-Sub       D-Subminiature (D-sub) connectors have a mating face that is shaped like the letter "D". This shape provides polarization since D-shaped male and female connectors fit together in only one way. 
   Type F       Type F connectors have a screw-type coupling and frequency range up to 1.5 GHz. Applications include CATV, TV, and antennas. 
   FPC / FFC       Flexible Flat Cable Connectors (FFC) and Flat Printec Circuit Connectors (FPC) are used for card and PCB connections. 
   Type G       Type G connectors are 75Ω impedance devices with Snap-on coupling. They are well-suited for CATV applications. 
   HDMI       High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a standard digital audio/video interface protocol. 
   MicroTCA       MicroTCA is a bus and protocol system that is based on the AdvancedMC mezzanine card standard. MicroTCA allows the AdvancedMC card to be plugged directly into the MicroTCA backplane. This means that the AdvancedMC card can be used without a carrier card. This is not the case for the AdvancedTCA (ATCA) system; however, which needs an AdvancedMC carrier card to connect the modules. 
   MCX       Miniature coaxial (MCX) connectors provide broadband capability through 6 GHz and are used in applications where weight and physical space are limited. They provide good electrical performance and are used to address the rapid implementation of the U.S. digital cellular PCN infrastructure. MCX connectors are also used in global positioning systems (GPS) and wireless LAN (WLAN) applications. 
   MMCX       Micro-miniature coaxial (MMCX) connectors are smaller than MCX connectors and feature a more robust interface for greater durability. They are ideal for high volume, wireless SMT or PCMCIA applications in cellular base stations, cellular phones and personal communicators. MMCX connectors are also used in global positioning systems and wireless LAN (WLAN) applications. 
   Type N       Type N connectors include an integrated gasket to protect against environmental ingress and create an air gap between the center and the outer conductor. They primarily have 50Ω impedance, but 75Ω versions for CATV, are available. 
   PC/104       PC/104 modules are tied to the integrated system architecture (ISA) bus standard that is used mainly in embedded systems. Modules are 3.6" x 3.8" and can be self-stacked to save space. 
   RCA       RCA connectors are round, press-on connectors commonly used for consumer-grade audio and composite video connections.  In most recent home stereo equipment, the jacks are color-coded as follows:  red (audio-Right), black or white (audio-Left) and yellow (composite video). 
   RJ-11       Registered Jack 11 - A four or six wire connector used primarily to connect telephone equipment in the United States. 
   RJ-45       Registered Jack 45 - An eight-wire connector used to connect computers, printers and other devices into a network. 
   Safety Jacks / Plugs       Safety jacks and safety plugs are special connectors that include safety features not found in other connectors. 
   SATA       Serial ATA (SATA) connectors are computer bus connectors used for connecting motherboards to mass storage devices.  SATA replaces the parallel AT Attachment standard (ATA) interface. 
   SMA       Subminiature-A (SMA) connectors are intended for use on semi-rigid cables in components. They directly interface the cable dielectric without air gaps.  They are not intended for permanent connections. 
   SMB       Subminiature-N (SMB) connectors are snap-mount connectors that are available either in 50Ω or 75Ω impedances.  They are used for frequencies from DC to 4GHz. 
   SMC       Subminiature C (SMC) connectors are 50Ω or 75Ω devices with a frequency range of 7 - 10 GHz. They are smaller than SMA connectors, but can accept flexible cables with diameters as large as 3.17 mm or 0.125". 
   Strip Connectors       Strip connectors have many contacts. They can have one or more rows (strips) of contacts. 
   TNC       Threaded Neil-Concelman (TNC) connectors are similar in size to BNC connectors but feature a threaded coupling nut for applications that require performance to 11 GHz. TNC connectors are durable, reliable devices that are widely used in the cellular and mobile communication industry for equipment cabling and antenna interfaces. 
   Type II Card       Type II card dimensions are 54mm x 85.4mm and can be up to 5.5 mm thick. Common uses of these cards: I/O devices such as data/fax modems, LAN adapter, non-rotating mass storage devices, etc. 
   Twinax       Twinax connectors are used with twinaxial cables for balanced low level and high sensitivity circuits. Twinax connectors feature polarized key and keyway construction as well as threaded coupling. 
   Type I Card       Type I card dimensions are 54mm x 85.4mm and can be up to 3.3 mm thick. These cards are normally used as memory cards (RAM, ROM, Flash RAM, etc.). 
   UHF / PL259       Ultra high frequency (UHF) connectors are economical, all-purpose connectors designed with non-constant impedance for use in comparatively low voltage and low frequency applications such as citizens' band (CB) communications systems. UHF connectors are also used in public address systems, closed circuit television (CCTV), civil defense, landing systems, ground control apparatus, ship-to-shore communications, and mobile radio equipment hookups between antenna and transmitters or receivers. 
   Mini-UHF       Mini-UHF connectors are a miniature version of the original UHF connector. They feature a threaded coupling mechanism for reliable mating. Mini-UHF connectors are designed for use in cellular mobile telephone systems where size, weight and cost are critical. With crimp cable termination for low installation costs, these connectors provide excellent RF performance in applications through 2.5 GHz. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary connectors. 
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Gender
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   Male / Plug       Male connectors or plugs are often referred to as header or free connectors. In coaxial RF connectors, the plug is normally the movable portion and is usually attached to a cable or removable sub-assembly. In shell type multiple-contact connectors, the plug usually contains the socket contacts and is mounted on the "hot" (rack) side of the system. Plugs mate with receptacles, jacks, outlets, etc. 
   Female / Jack       Female connectors or jacks are connecting devices into which plugs are inserted to make circuit connections. 
   Other       Other unlisted gender type. 
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RoHS Compliance
   RoHS Compliant       Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a European Union (EU) directive that requires all manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipment sold in Europe to demonstrate that their products contain only minimal levels of the following hazardous substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl, and polybrominated diphenyl ether. RoHS will become effective on July 1, 2006. 
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Terminal Option
          Terminals are devices designed to terminate a conductor to be affixed usually to a post, stud, chassis, or other conductor or the like in order to establish electrical connection.
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   Cage Clamp       Electrical connections are made using a cage clamp. 
   Crimp       Crimp is the physical compression (deformation) of a contact wire barrel around a conductor to make an electrical and mechanical connection to the conductor. 
   IDC       Insulation displacement connectors (IDC) slice through the cable insulation to make a connection. Electrical connection is made when an insulated conductor is forced into a restrictive slot in the connection part of a contact, during which time the insulation is displaced, and the bare wire engages the sides of the slot. IDC are mass termination connectors for flat cables with contacts that displace the conductor insulation to complete termination. They eliminate the need to strip insulation. 
   PCB Solder / Solder Pin       In PCB solder or solder pin termination, electrical connection is made by soldering wires or pins onto a printed circuit board (PCB). 
   Screw       Electrical connections are made using screws. 
   Screw-on or Lugs       Electrical connections are made using screw-on or lugs. 
   Solder Cup       A solder cup is the end of a terminal or contact in which the conductor is inserted prior to being soldered. In solder cup terminations, soldering the connector onto the mounting location makes electrical connection. 
   Tabs       Electrical connections are made through quick connect tabs. 
   Through Hole / Pin       Through-hole technology (THT) mounts components on printed circuit boards by inserting component leads through holes in the board and then soldering. In pin termination, components are mounted on PCBs without soldering. 
   Wire Wrap       Electrical connection is made by using a special tool to wrap a solid stripped or unstripped wire around a terminal post containing a series of sharp edges. 
   Press-fit / Solderless Technology       With press-fit technology the pins of the connectors (especially for board connectors) are not soldered into the PCB (thus avoiding heat stress) but rather are 'pushed (pressed)' into the PCB. 
   Other       Other unlisted terminal types. 
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Contacts
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   1.98 mm (0.078")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.078'' or 1.98 mm. 
   2.08 mm (0.08'' )       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.08'' or 2.08 mm. 
   2.286 mm (0.09")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.090'' or 2.286 mm. 
   2.413 mm (0.095")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.095'' or 2.413 mm. 
   2.54 mm (0.100")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.100'' or 2.54 mm. 
   2.74 mm (0.108")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.108'' or 2.74 mm. 
   2.77 mm (0.109")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.109'' or 2.77 mm. 
   2.84 mm (0.112")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.112'' or 2.84 mm. 
   3.96 mm (0.156")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.156'' or 3.96 mm. 
   5.08 mm (0.20")       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.200'' or 5.08 mm. 
   0.50 mm (0.0197'' )       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.0197'' or 0.5 mm. 
   0.635 mm (0.025'')       The contact pitch (distance between pins) is 0.025'' or 0.635 mm. 
   1.27 mm (0.05'')       The contact pitch (distance between pins) 0.05'' or 1.27 mm. 
   Other       Other unlisted contact pitch. 
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   Number of Contacts       The number of contacts is the number of conductive elements that mate with a corresponding element to provide an electrical path. 
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Features
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   Underwater Use       The connector can be used in underwater applications. 
   Water Resistant Connector       A connector capable of being used under water permanently. 
   Cryogenic Use       The connector can be used in a cryogenic (subfreezing) environment. 
   EMI or RFI Filter / ESD Shield       The connector has a filter to eliminate electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio frequency interference (RFI), and/or shielding to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) or EMI. 
   Environment Resistant       The connector can be used in a hazardous chemical environment. 
   Integrated Filter / Magnetics       The connector has a filter to protect it against unwanted signals, or magnetics to provide filtering, signal conditioning or isolation. 
   Hermetically Sealed       The connector is hermetically sealed, allowing no internal moisture leakage. 
   Moisture / Oil Resistant       The connector has gaskets or seals to protect against moisture, oil, or other contaminants. 
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