High Reliability Flex Circuit Assemblies Datamate J-Tek and Gecko

Discover the added versatility of flexible printed circuits (FPC) from Harwin. These low profile designs combine the go-anywhere routing of cables with the reduced vertical space required by SMT connectors. When you replace standard cable connectors with these flex-mounted SMT connections, you’ll be able to stack your PCBs closer. The FPC design allows for a right-angled connection.

Choose between Datamate J-Tek for 2mm pitch connectors and 1mm pitch FPC, or Gecko for 1.25mm pitch connectors and 0.5mm pitch FPC. Standard 10-contact assemblies in single- and double-ended designs are available from stock – contact Harwin to specify other options. Stainless steel jackscrews are fitted to the Datamate connectors and latches to the Gecko, ensuring secure connection under duress.


Features & Benefits

1A per contact on 1mm pitch FPC, 0.4A on 0.5mm pitch FPC
Good signal capacity in a compact cable alternative
Low profile connection
Denser PCB stacking possible, or space for other devices over the board
Tight bend radius under static and dynamic conditions
Sharper bend than standard cables, well suited to dynamic movement under bending
Shock (100G) and vibration (up to 20G) proof
Maintain electrical contact in harsh environments
Stainless Steel locking screws or latching
Ensure reliability with a strong and secure connection
4 finger Beryllium Copper signal contact
Signal integrity is assured under heavy vibration
Additional designs available upon request
Easily integrate ready-made assemblies and avoid tooling and process costs
Operates at extreme temperatures up to -65°C to +150 °C
Can be used in a wide variety of extreme environments

Key Applications

Flight control systems, Gimble cameras, Radar and tracking, flight surface controls
Motorsport & Electric Vehicles
Navigation, GPS and tracking equipment, communications and telemetry, camera systems, ERS controls
Satellites & CubeSats, radar, communications, launch systems
Defense & Security
UAVs, ground communications, rugged vehicle electronics, handheld portable equipment

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