Design Guide

Connector Basics

Design engineers tasked with specifying interconnect components, including wire-to-wire, board-to-board designs must understand the many types of components available. The editors of Design World and EE World Online have assembled some of the most commonly asked questions about connector basics from the different mating options to contact types and materials down to the dangers of using counterfeit designs. 

Mary Gannon - Senior Editor, Design World

Mary Gannon is a Senior Editor of Design World and has been a technical editor for more than 12 years, having covered a range of industrial topics including interconnect, fluid power, motion control, and power transmission technologies.

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Connector Tips Editor Mary Gannon...

has assembled a summary of information on connector basics. Topics include:

Contact beams in connector designs

Compliant pins in connector designs

Gold alternatives in connector designs

Dangers of counterfeit connectors

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