Molex has introduced the MXMag Gigabit Single-Port RJ45 connector. With options suitable for automated reflow-solder assembly, the integrated magnetic jack provides OEMs with a high-speed assembly solution without compromising the robust and reliable through-hole PCB connection.
Traditionally, RJ45 connectors with integrated magnetics are hand placed and wave soldered to ensure that the through-hole PCB connection is robust and reliable. “Transitioning to pick-and-place magnetic jacks must not compromise the quality of through-hole solder joints and needs to be cost-effective,” said Patrick Tunn, global product manager, Molex. “The MXMag Gigabit Single-Port RJ45 connector is designed for automated reflow-solder assembly processes, providing an alternative custom magnetic RJ45 jack solution for OEMs looking to lower component placement costs without the need for an expensive PCB redesign.”
Capable of 10/100/1,000 Mb speeds, the magnetic jack is available with variable pin assignments, circuits, LEDs and EMI shield options to meet requirements for the majority of right-angle custom magnetics. Suitable for both commercial (0 to +70˚C) and industrial (-40 to +85˚C) operating temperatures, applications for the connectors can range from set-top boxes and point-of-sale terminals to security cameras and vision equipment. The connectors are appropriate for industrial, infrastructure, commercial, telecom and networking applications.
Other key features of the MXMag Gigabit Single-Port RJ45 connector are its robust design and compact size, with a depth of just 21.56mm (0.85″). “Developed with the highest mechanical, electrical and environmental performance features in mind, the magnetic jack is tested to withstand 2,500 mating cycles,” Tunn added. “That is more than three times as many mating cycles as comparable products currently used in high-vibration environments and mission critical applications.”
Many OEMs are looking to transition to automated assembly processes in order to increase productivity and reduce costs, and the MXMag Gigabit Single-Port RJ45 connector offers multiple packaging options to support that process. Those options include tape and reel packaging for pick-and-place and tray packaging for standard assembly.