Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. I can’t describe how many times I sat across from an engineer describing his exotic approach to an interconnect challenge, only to show him that there is a much simpler, easier and cost effective approach to achieving the same result. It’s not the fault of the engineer, he […]
Many, many moons ago, as a young PCB designer, I remember my boss yelling at me to hurry up with my design. He kept barking “don’t worry about the connector, we’ll deal with it later, just put a ‘keep out’ area in that location and run the signals to dummy IO points.” There were so […]
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When selecting components for their applications, mechanical and electrical engineers, must understand some general guidelines for their PCB interconnect requirements. Below is a short list of nine of the most common and cost-effective pin retention designs and where they may be used. Press-Fit Barb — is specifically for non-plated through holes. This is the easiest and […]
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As Principal Engineer for a large connector manufacturer, each day I am challenged by electrical engineers and mechanical engineers to help bridge their leading edge technology from one module to another. I remember years ago, when the pin grid array went obsolete to the emerging QFP quad-flat pack, people said that “screw machine was a […]
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Continuing the discussion on screw machine technology, here is a look at this technology, the advantages of using it and how to best utilize this technology in your engineering projects. Below is a list of the common styles of press-fit screw machine header pins: Press-fit barb has a fishhook shaped feature, typically featuring 15° angle. It runs […]
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Socket receptacle carriers are probably one of the least known, least understood methods of creating ultra-low profile socket locations onto a PCB. A socket carrier looks just like…
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Probably the fastest growing type of interconnect being used by engineers is the spring-loaded contact. Spring-loaded contacts (aka SLCs) are ideal for creating solderless interconnections between mating modules,…
by Marty Houlroyd I feel my age when bringing up the names DataCon and Mupac, back in the 80s and 90s they were the leaders in wire-wrap technology. At that time, I worked for a little no-name company that tried to compete (mostly miserably) against these industry giants. Some wire-wrap applications, especially telecommunications. used giant […]