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  • IMPROVED SEARCH FILTERS AND ACCOUNT SERVICES

    filtersFinding the right Amphenol RF connector has never been easier.  Our new filtered search feature allows you to focus on the features you need, to find the right parts for your application. Simply clicking on what's most important in your search, for example - the product series or the cable type, you can quickly zero in on the products that are best for you.

    NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED?

    We've provided an assortment of pre-filtered searches, based on market trends and popular searches, including terms like QPL, IP-67 sealed and Board-to-Board. These feature searches provide an excellent starting point for your designs.

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    KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PARTS

    It's easy to create an account with Amphenol RF. Registering with us gives you access to a parts list where you can save parts, make notes, and easily check stock with our distribution partners. It's a great feature when you've got a BOM with multiple part numbers, and you need to find suppliers with stock - all with one click.

    Amphenol RF is the world’s largest manufacturer of coaxial connectors for use in radio frequency, microwave, and data transmission system applications. We've got the right solution for your solutions.

  • NEW AMPHENOL RF WEBSITE SIMPLIFIES RF INTERCONNECT SEARCH

    The NEW AmphenolRF.com features improved search functionality making it easy to explore thousands of connectors, adapters and cable assembly products.

    Danbury, CT – Amphenol RF announces the launch of a new corporate website, www.amphenolrf.com. The new website is home to more than 9000 standard products and boasts an advanced feature set that will allow buyers and engineers searching for RF connectors, coaxial adapters and cable assemblies to quickly and intuitively find the ideal solution.

    homepageThe site boasts dramatically improved search functionality including a full parametric search allowing visitors to narrow their search by product attribute and an ultra-fast full-text search engine that provides search suggestions as keywords and part numbers are entered. Once the ideal part number is identified, an improved distributor inventory locator makes it easy to find stock at one of our distribution partners. Downloadable product data includes 2D PDF customer drawings, 3D models, assembly instructions and other documents. Additional features include:

    Product Compliance Center and Product Compliance Search – Search for environmental documentation and learn about compliance regulations.

    Competitor Cross Reference Search – Search for Amphenol RF equivalents to many of our competitor’s part numbers.

    Video Library – Features informational and instructional videos

    These features plus a responsive design ensure the site will be a useful tool for visitors when accessed on any device including mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers.

    About Amphenol RF

    Amphenol RF is a leading manufacturer of coaxial connectors for use in radio frequency, microwave, and data transmission system applications. Headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, Amphenol RF has global sales, marketing and manufacturing locations in North America, Asia and Europe. Standard products include RF connectors, coaxial adapters and RF cable assemblies. Custom engineered products include multi-port ganged interconnect, blindmate and hybrid mixed-signal solutions.

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  • IP ratings in RF connector applications

    Most engineers (including this author) have at one time or another been accused of over-designing or over-engineering a product.  It is often claimed that tolerances that are unnecessarily tight, or a requirement is impossible to meet, or an electrical spec can't be met.  Whether its the manufacturing engineer, the purchasing manager, or a supplier, someone will be sure to give you an earful about how you don't need something that performs that well.  One such topic that runs across my desk fairly often is the IP rating of connectors.

    Lets start with some definitions!  Since ratings less than IP54 become meaningless in the connector world, lets start there and work our way up the most common ratings.  IP67 and IP68 are the two most common seen in the marketplace.  IP ratings are split between 2 numbers that reflect the products ability to resist solid particles and liquid particles.  The first number represents the solids and second number represents the liquids.

    IP54: 5 = dust protected,  4 = splash proof

    IP67: 6 = dust sealed, 7 = submersion to 1 meter for 30 minutes

    IP68: 6 = dust sealed, 8 = submersion to customer specification

    For the full breakdown please see the Connex page.

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    The critical take-away from this brief explanation is to show that the rating can be vague, so a full understanding of the connector is critical to not over-designing your application.  In most applications when a customer purchases an IP67 connector for a non-submerged application, IP54 would achieve their goals.  If you need your panel sealed - is the connector IP67 rated to the panel or just through the interface? Is it only sealed to the panel and not through the interface?  Is it sealed in the mated condition only?  In all cases, a connector may be labeled as IP67, even though it may seem that it is a misrepresentation of the product.

    Is IP68 better than IP67?  Well, it depends - is the application fully submerged for longer than 30 minutes and at depths more than 1m?  If not, then the two ratings are largely indistinguishable.  Just because 8 is a higher number than 7, does not mean that it is "better" or more appropriate for the application.  Furthermore, IP68 is achieved to a customer specification - there is no industry standard.  Be sure to investigate the actual test (or equivalence of the test done) to determine the capabilities of the connector.  IP68 could mean that the connector is capable of 1.1m for 31 minutes or it's capable of 100m for 10 years.  Those are wildly different, but achieve the same rating.  This is a bit of trickery that marketers love to exploit.  Conversely, a well designed IP67 rated connector may meet the customer’s IP68 requirements, but because it has not been tested to that customer's specification, it has not been granted the IP68 rating.

    For a comprehensive list of our IP67 parts available through distribution, please see our Digi-Key page.

    Amphenol RF is your source for RF interconnect information, please contact us with any questions you may have!

  • Food Pantry Challenge!

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    This month at Amphenol RF, we got together for some friendly competition to donate peanut butter and jelly to the Daily Bread Food Pantry, and to challenge each other's creativity!  We hosted a peanut butter vs jelly tower build, and the results were fantastic.  Overall, nearly 200 jars of peanut butter and over 100 jars of jelly were donated (as well as a few jars of Fluffernutter)! Thanks to everyone who donated!

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  • Community Participation: 5K Charity Run!

    Amphenol RF has sponsored the annual United Way King of the Hill 5K in 2014!  We had a great turn out for the race, with 20 participants coming out to run or walk for the United Way charity.  The event coordinators put together a great, fun race for the participants and luckily, the weather was perfect!  Congratulations to all the finishers an everyone who made the podium!

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    Follow the link to see the official pictures and race site:

    http://www.uwwesternct.org/koth

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  • Smart Lighting RF Solutions

    Thank you Mr. Edison, but we’ll take it from here

    Since the first commercialized incandescent light bulb was invented in the 1800s, lighting has remained largely unchanged.  Recently, wireless technology has made lighting the next revolutionizing ‘smart’ technology. "Smart lighting" is the catch all term for lighting technology designed for energy efficiency and aims to reduce electrical energy consumption, as well as, minimize energy waste.  This technology includes automated lighting, wireless control systems, light sensing systems, and remote monitoring controls. That is where Amphenol RF come in.

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    Don’t be left in the dark

    Smart lighting is a high growth global opportunity with many market segments reaping in the benefits and cost savings of this innovative technology. Smart lighting applications are utilized in: commercial buildings, warehouses, municipal street lighting systems, parking garages, and residential homes.  Upward of 20% of the electricity in the world is used simply to keep the lights on.  Smart lighting can reduce electricity used by 75-90%, significantly reducing the strain on our infrastructure.  It is expected that the wireless lighting control market will double in the next six years.

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    Let Amphenol RF help light the way

    RF connectors, adapters and cable assemblies are imperative for creating the wireless control system for smart lighting applications. All lighting must be connected to a wireless network which allows the light system to be controlled by wall switches, remote controls or even internet connected devices. RF components are seen within the bulbs, controls, and gateway coordinators to create a wireless light network.

    RF interconnects are an integral part of smart lighting technology, and Amphenol RF offers the largest selection of RF interconnect products to complete your networked lighting solutions. We offer IP67 rated solutions for outdoor and harsh environments, as well as low cost solutions for non-rugged use. Our full range of standard and customizable connectors, adapters and cable assemblies are an ideal RF solutions for your smart lighting application.

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  • Non-Magnetic Connectors a Solution for the Medical Market

    Why the need for Non-Magnetic Connectors

    Non-magnetic coaxial connectors are used for carrying 50 Ω RF signals within the magnetic field of MRI equipment where a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is required.  MRI equipment is typically found within the medical market. Safety becomes a major concern because where extreme magnetism is present, even a small amount of magnetic response can cause catastrophic failures and injuries within this application.  These non-magnetic connectors are engineered specifically for this application. By utilizing and controlling the amount of effect magnetic flux has on the connector, allows the equipment to function safely and effectively.  

    Magnetism is an electromagnetic phenomenon that can be created by either a magnetic material or by an electrical current creating a magnetic field.  MRI machines are designed to stimulate hydrogen atoms in a person’s body through an oscillating magnetic field. The RF signals are extremely weak and the equipment must be very sensitive to pick them up, so the components cannot be electrically affected by the magnetic fields.  The magnetic fields created are extremely strong.  On occasion people are injured by either flying metal objects that are accidentally left in the same room as the machine or if the patient has any metal within their bodies.  It is crucial that the components of the machine itself are not physically affected by the magnetic forces created.  

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    How Amphenol RF manufactures non-magnetic connectors

    Non-magnetic connectors are not made with typical connector materials.  Most RF connectors are made of brass or stainless steel, which have trace amounts of iron, making them magnetic.  They might not stick to the door of your refrigerator, but in an MRI machine they will not function properly.  The requirements for low levels of magnetism needed for use in a MRI machine are very strict.  In order to be manufacturable, be plated, be economical, meet RF performance and meet the magnetism specifications; the application requires non-magnetic materials.  For over 5 years, Amphenol RF has been manufacturing non-magnetic connectors by utilizing Berrylium Copper (BeCu), which is an extremely low magnetic flux material. Amphenol's non-magnetic connectors have replaced all of the metallic components with BeCu.  Within this RF connector components made of metallic materials are also plated with white bronze and/or gold to comply with the magnetism specifications.

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    Due to the critical nature of this application, Amphenol RF's non-magnetic connectors are manufactured under strict quality procedures to ensure that each connector will not produce image artifacts during MRI scans. All products are 100% tested for magnetism prior to shipping and are available in the following interfaces: SMBMCXand MMCX. All products are 100% tested for magnetic permeability in our incoming raw material inspection, after machining and the incoming inspection of plated components.

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    For more information on this line of connectors please contact us. Stay tuned for the next blog post.

  • FIXED LENGTH RF CABLE ASSEMBLY LINE INCLUDES STANDARD METRIC LENGTHS

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    Danbury, CT – Amphenol RF is pleased to add an addition to their pre-configured fixed length RF cable assembly line to include standard metric lengths. These assemblies are ideal for a variety of commercial and industrial applications that require standard configurations or lengths.

    The pre-configured metric assemblies feature gold and nickel plated Amphenol RF connectors. They are available with straight plugs, right angle plugs and bulkhead jacks as well as a variety of popular configurations; BNC, SMA, SMB and between series. Extended lengths are also available. Flexible cable types for these assemblies include RG-316, RG-316 Double Braided, RG-58, RG-59, RG-174. Conformable semi-rigid options include both 0.085” and 0.141” diameter cables. All components are RoHS compliant.

  • LOW-PIM TESTED MINI-DIN ADAPTERS

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    Danbury, CT –Amphenol RF, the premier global RF solutions provider, is pleased to announce the release of a complete line of Low-PIM tested Mini-DIN adapters for use in wireless applications.

    The Amphenol RF line of Low PIM Mini-DIN, or 4.1/9.5, adapters are ideal for wireless applications requiring consistent electrical performance, low return loss and low IMD. This series has been engineered to exceed wireless industry performance standards and to match the physical performance expectations of its larger predecessor, the 7/16 connector.

    The 4.1/9.5 adapters are available with Type-N and 7/16 DIN connector interfaces. These coaxial adapters feature precision machined brass bodies and contacts. Bodies are plated with white bronze offering the same Low PIM performance as silver without fear of tarnishing. Contacts are either white bronze or silver plated.

    For more information about Passive Intermodulation Distortion in RF connectors and how to combat it, please download the Amphenol RF white paper.

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