M12 industrial Ethernet connector integrates transformer, current-compensated choke functions

July 19, 2021
Würth Elektronik's M12 Ethernet Connector WE-LANMX offers rugged connection with integrated magnetics.
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Würth Elektronik, one of the largest European manufacturers of passive components with production sites in Europe, Asia and North America, announced it is expanding its product portfolio with a new industrial Ethernet M12 connector. The special feature of the manufacturer's latest sturdy M12 socket? The transformer and current-compensated choke functions are already integrated.

With the manufacturer’s fitting screw connector, device developers and system builders can implement cabling that meets protection class IP67 used in harsh environments, if in a mated and secured position. The new connector is assembled on the board with through-hole reflow technology. This means that the data connection with Würth Elektronik's M12 Ethernet Connector WE-LANMX is protected against dust and water as well as rugged against vibrations.

The company contends its WE-LANMX is easier and more space-saving than a conventional M12 connector, as the essential components are already integrated into its housing. Describing the connector's design, the manufacturer further adds that it features:

...The particularly small signal transformer WE-STST; the data line filter WE-CNSW, featuring high common-mode attenuation; and the ‘Bob Smith’ termination for Ethernet. [Further,] with the LCP housing material and special housing form, as well as the shape of the pins. Würth Elektronik has made the THT connector reflow solderable.

The operating temperature of the WE-LANMX ranges from -40 to +85°C. The connector is suitable for all types of 10/100Base-T Ethernet connections, such as EtherNet/IP, Profinet, EtherCAT or Ethernet Powerlink.

Würth Elektronik provides free samples for prototyping. The WE-LANMX and the corresponding screw connection are available from stock without a minimum order quantity. Learn more at www.we-online.com.

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