Unsealed connector drives for USCAR

28 January 2014

The Mini50 connector is the only USCAR-approved interface for unsealed transportation vehicle environments.

The connectors are ideal for low-current electrical circuits found in unsealed transportation vehicle environments, says Molex.

USCAR (US Council for Automotive Research) supports co-operative research and development to advance automotive technologies. The Mini50 USCAR 050 approved interface delivers 50% space savings over traditional USCAR 0.64mm connectors, with smaller terminals to fit more low-current electrical circuits in interior, unsealed transportation-vehicle environments. They are for use in applications where space is limited, such as lighting, radios, navigation systems, HVAC systems, mirrors and cameras. Harness weight savings are achieved  by allowing wire-harness customers to crimp and process smaller wire gauges versus traditional 0.64mm terminal systems.

An independent secondary lock, part of the housing, reduces the number of components.  In addition, PCB headers are released in both vertical or right angle orientations to provide wire-routing and module design flexibility.  The high-temperature thermoplastic housing that can withstand infrared and wave lead-free solder processing at a maximum temperature of +260ºC.

Current configurations are available in single-row, four- and eight-circuit versions and a dual-row, 12-circuit version.

The Molex Mini50 4/8/12 circuit interface was chosen by USCAR as the standard 050 interface. The Mini50 4, 8 and 12 circuit connectors are available in through-hole and SMT versions and meet USCAR standards.

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