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ix Industrial
Since its release in 2017, the ix Industrial Ethernet connector has been used in a variety of industrial markets. The ix Industrial has been adopted for smart factory equipment due to its space-saving and durable Ethernet connection design. The ix Industrial offers a size reduction of 75% compared to conventional RJ45 modular solutions. The ix Industrial also supports 10 mm pitch parallel mounting. The narrow width of the receptacle is particularly beneficial when multiple connectors are positioned on a single PCB side-by-side. The reduced mounting space enables a high degree of board design freedom in applications like servo drives and robot controllers. Either more functionality can be added to a device in the same footprint or the entire device can be made smaller.
The ix Industrial connector plug comes in straight and right angle versions, while the receptacle is available in a vertical, upright, and horizontal right angled versions to offer even more design flexibility and space-saving options. The connector is also offered in two keying options (A and B type) to meet application requirements.
Featuring a rugged and reliable design, the snap-in I/O connector has a positive metal lock with a preload spring mechanism that provides a clear tactile click and ensures complete, secure mating. The preloaded springs are designed to prevent unintended cable removal, and to extend the operating life to more than 5,000 mating/unmating cycles.
The receptacle shell is mounted on the PCB via a through-hole solder leg to enhance PCB retention and to resist the wrenching of the cable assembly, protecting the SMT leads. The wire-termination unit and cable clamp are integrated into a single plug shell, which prevents the connecting part of the cable assembly from being affected by the load on the cable.
Because the ix Industrial connector’s receptacle supports THR soldering as a substitute for manual soldering, the receptacle can be mounted on the PCB containing both THT and SMT components in a single SMT process. This also contributes to the high PCB retention force. The ix Industrial connector technology features an EMC resistant IEC PAS 61076-3-124 design supporting Cat.5e (1 Gb/s) and Cat.6A (10 Gb/s) high speed performance. In addition, the connector also passes Power over Ethernet (PoE++) IEEE802.3bt testing requirements.
The PoE capability and the optimized 360° shielding design, which eliminates EMC and ensures secure high-speed data transmission, makes the ix Industrial an ideal solution for factory and process automation, machine-to-machine communication, robotics, sensors, human-machine interfaces (HMI), and other devices needing Ethernet IIoT connectivity in an automated industrial environment.
In the machine vision market, the ix Industrial has been certified as a GigE Vision standard connector. This global interface standard developed by the Automated Image Association (AIA) is widely adopted for Ethernet (IEEE 802.3) communication standards.

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