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C&K introduces robust, light and compact SMT D-Sub connectors for use in space applications

New high-reliability space-grade D-Sub series simplifies PCB layout and delivers miniaturization and weight savings

NEWTON, Mass., – November 28, 2018: C&K, one of the world’s most trusted brands of high-reliability connectors, announces the launch of its space-grade D-Subminiature surface mount termination (SMT) range of electrical connectors. The new SMT D-Sub connectors under CS-FR053 specification are primarily intended for aerospace engineering applications such as developing communication and network ports for satellites, spacecraft and launchers.

Reducing weight and making space savings on PCBs are critical requirements for connectors in space and military avionics applications, together with ensuring straightforward implementation and operational reliability. By utilizing SMT, C&K’s D-Sub connectors do not require plated holes to be drilled into the PCB, and free up one side for use by other components, resulting in a simpler, lighter design and a miniaturized footprint overall.

Constructed from a single part of machined aluminium shell, this latest series of connectors draws on C&K’s in-house technological expertise to achieve a smaller form factor than the traditional six-part copper-alloy stamped shell method. This means they can achieve up to 50% less weight compared to standard through-hole technology (THT) connectors. This construction technology also delivers better dimensional capability.

“With its combination of robustness, light weight and small form factor, the SMT D-Sub connectors are in a class of their own in the space and high-performance aerospace applications market,” said Rémi ANTOINE, Global Product Manager and Aerospace Segment Leader.

The D-Sub product lines conform to European Space Agency (ESA) standards and are qualified to the ESA/European Space Components Coordination (ESCC) code 3401. There are a large number of layouts available to serve most mounting configurations.

For more information on C&K’s new SMT range of D-Sub connectors, including details and specifications, click here: https://www.ckswitches.com/media/2646/d-sub-new-gen-smt-cs-fr053.pdf

About C&K

Founded in 1928, C&K (http://www.ckswitches.com) is one of the world’s most trusted brands of high-quality electromechanical switches and high-reliability connectors, offering a large range of ESA and MIL qualified products to cope with vibration, radiation, outgassing, magnetism and corrosion issues and provide the high-quality and reliable solutions demanded in harsh environmental conditions. The company’s unmatched custom design capabilities are recognized globally by design engineers who demand reliable performance. Used in aerospace, automotive, industrial, IoT, wearables, medical, telecom, consumer products and POS terminals, C&K products include high-rel connectors, tactile, pushbutton, snap-acting, toggle, rocker, detect, DIP, keyswitch, navigation, rotary, slide, switchlock, thumbwheel, smart card readers and custom assemblies. C&K is headquartered in Newton, Mass. with global design centers in Newton Mass., Dole France, and Huizhou China. C&K’s global manufacturing operations are in compliance with the stringent standards set by the DoD, NASA, ESA, FAA and all high-quality aerospace manufacturers and suppliers. With C&K’s entire manufacturing chain receiving an AS9100 certification, the company can receive orders directly from all over the globe.

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