More off-the-shelf data/power contact combinations are now available for Gecko-MT.

For over 70 years, Harwin has supplied engineers with the connectors needed to meet the most demanding specifications. Harwin’s innovative interconnect portfolio of high-reliability products is designed for ultra-high-performance applications in the harshest operating environments or within the tightest of spaces.

Today, Harwin products are found in a wide range of markets and applications around the globe. These include space, avionics, defence, robotics, oil and gas, healthcare, motorsport, industrial drives, factory automation systems, autonomous vehicles, smart agriculture, electric vehicle battery management, and more.

Recently, Harwin expanded the contact layout options of its Gecko-MT high-reliability (Hi-Rel) connectors. Announced at Electronica in Munich, the new variants have been added to complement the existing symmetrical 2-power/8-signal and 4-power/8-signal layouts.

There are six new contact arrangements that feature 2 to 6 power contacts and 4 to 24 signal contacts. These have a non-symmetrical structure, with the power contacts situated at one end and the data contacts at the other. The power contacts have a 10A current rating, while the signal contacts are rated for 2.8A (maximum).

A range of hardware fixings are available for each contact layout. Both male and female connectors can be supplied in either standard gender or reverse fix. There are front and rear panel mount options, plus board-mount fixings to reduce any strain placed on solder joints. In total, 72 extra Gecko-MT connector variants have been added.

As with all the Gecko connectors in Harwin’s HRi product offering, these latest variants have high resilience to shock and vibration, plus compact size and lightweight construction. They support a –65°C to +150°C operating temperature range, and 1,000 (minimum) mating cycle durability (evaluation samples are available on request).

All of these new Harwin Gecko-MT connectors can be rapidly shipped from stock. The company also provides a cable assembly service on all Gecko connectors, supplying ready-made, fully inspected harnesses.

Harwin’s products are available from an extensive network of leading global distributors and local specialist partners, all supported by Harwin’s worldwide aftersales team. Combined, this gives customers access to comprehensive stock and support whenever and wherever they need it.