Harwin adds more shielding options for Gecko Hi-Rel connectors

29 March 2022

Harwin Adds More Shielding Options for Gecko Hi-Rel Connectors
Harwin Adds More Shielding Options for Gecko Hi-Rel Connectors

New backshells give EMI (electromagnetic interference)/RFI (radio frequency interference) protection to horizontal Gecko connectors.

Interconnect manufacturer, Harwin has introduced horizontal backshells for its Gecko-Screw-Lok (Gecko-SL) series of lightweight, high-reliability (Hi-Rel) connectors. These backshells ensure a fully EMI/RFI shielded connection for horizontal 1.25mm pitch board-to-cable connections. Previously Gecko EMI/RFI shielding was only available on vertical board-to-cable orientations. This new development will be of real value to applications requiring EMI/RFI protection, but where there is very little space to fit the connectors/cabling. Applications include satellites and CubeSats, UAVs, robotics, medical equipment and high-density industrial systems.

Two variants of these horizontal backshells are available. The first features rear panel mount lugs; and the second is without them included. These backshells are compatible with the Gecko-SL horizontal through-board connectors (with standard gender locking) and Gecko-MT mixed layout connectors (which have both power and data-carrying capabilities).

These top mounted backshells are independently secured instead of attached directly to the connector. As a result, they can be added at the build phase as well as during the initial design concept stages. They will withstand the same high vibration, shock and temperature extremes as the rest of the Gecko range, ideal for demanding or extreme environments.

We are now able to offer metal backshells across both vertical and horizontal Gecko interconnect configurations, which will be a major benefit to highly space-limited engineering designs,Ryan Smart, Head of Product Management at Harwin explains. “We are committed to attending the shielding needs of our avionics, space, industrial and defence customers, especially where there are closely stacked together PCBs or tight enclosures involved.

About Harwin
For over 70 years Harwin has been supplying engineers with the connectors they need to meet the most demanding specifications. Harwin’s innovative interconnect portfolio of high-reliability products are 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 globally. These include space, avionics, defence, robotics, oil/gas, healthcare and motorsport, plus industrial drives, factory automation systems, unmanned vehicles, smart agriculture, electric vehicle battery management, and more.

Engineered and manufactured at Harwin’s production facility in Portsmouth, England are Gecko, Datamate, Mix-Tek, M300, Archer Kontrol industrial connectors, and the 60A-rated high-current Kona. Product lines are all fully quality-assured and complimented by EMI/RFI shielding cans, and a comprehensive range of board level hardware including spacers, spring contacts, cable clips and jumper links.

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

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