Molex Micro-Change CHT connector packs twin Cat5e data/power lines into IP67-rated M12 design
Brad M12 Circular Hybrid Technology (CHT) connectors combine high signal integrity with IP67-sealing for a wide application range.
Molex (NASDAQ: MOLX) has unveiled its Brad Micro-Change M12 Circular Hybrid Technology (CHT) connector, designed to integrate Cat 5e data speed and power supply functions with a degree of high signal integrity across a wide range of applications.
Combining both power and data lines into one M12 connector, the company says its Micro-Change CHT connector reduces design footprints and may lower installation and cabling costs when used in process and automation control and industrial applications, HVAC systems, telecoms infrastructure, vision systems and surveillance cameras, commercial transportation, and military/aerospace applications.
According to the company, based on the rugged Brad Micro-Change M12 threaded connector design, the Micro-Change CHT comprises two shielded twisted pairs Cat5e data lines. Either two or four contacts are capable of carrying up to 10.0A per contact. Overmolding ensures complete IP67-rated sealing and provides dependable strain relief.
The fully-shielded 4-pin array for the Cat5e lines with wrap-around metal tube (patent pending) allows for optimum signal integrity and performance. The two overlapping tubes channel the signal through the connector without affecting crosstalk and EMI (Electromagnetic Interference).
"As the unique Molex shielding concept of the Micro-Change Circular Hybrid Technology connector is not limited to the M12 format, we are able to adapt the technology to meet specific customer needs and requirements," comments Ted Szarkowski, Global Product Manager for Integrated Products, Molex.
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The Micro-Change CHT connector 4+2 and 4+4 configuration is currently available in the M12 threaded form factor. Future configurations will extend the design into Molex Ultra-Lock, M16 and M23 connector formats.