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FCI Flex Connectors & Clincher™ Connectors  <ul><li>Source: FCI </li></ul>
Introduction <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This   training   module   provides   a   better   understanding   of  ...
Flexible   Circuitry   Uses Board to Board Signaling Display to Board Termination Backlight Applications
Flexible   Circuitry   Applications <ul><li>Mobile Handsets </li></ul><ul><li>Car navigation systems/ other CMD </li></ul>...
Cable Types <ul><li>FFC – Flat Flexible Cable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat metal conductors laminated between two dielectric...
Flex Circuit Connector Board Termination Styles Termination type (Through Hole & SMT)
Contact Spacing <ul><li>Also known as pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Refers to the distance, measured center to center, between c...
Applications – Contact Spacing               MP3 player               PDA's               Handheld scanners               ...
Contact Locations <ul><li>Provides design flexibility allowing for different positioning of PCB’s and easy routing of the ...
Cable Insertion - ZIF <ul><li>Very Small (“Zero”) insertion force of conductor into the connector </li></ul><ul><li>Preven...
Flip Actuation - ZIF ①  Open ②  Cable insertion ③  Close ①  Open ②  Cable insertion ③  Close Back side flip actuator Front...
Cable Insertion – LIF (non-ZIF) <ul><li>Low insertion force (LIF) of cable into the connector. </li></ul><ul><li>Simpler p...
ZIF vs. LIF Comparison Better Better Good Good LIF Good Good Better Better ZIF Size Cost Reliability Durability
Industry and Connector Trends <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Miniaturization: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sma...
Flex Product Range
Clincher ™ Flexible Circuitry Connectors <ul><li>“ Clinch” cable termination provides four gas-tight, contamination-free c...
Effective Cable Lock Alignment Systems <ul><li>Provides effective strain relief for demanding applications </li></ul><ul><...
Back Side Flip Actuation <ul><li>Back side flip design makes insertion and actuation a one-handed process. </li></ul><ul><...
Visual Assurance of Proper Cable Insertion Proper Insertion of FPC Space is left between FPC and Housing   Slanting condit...
Solder Wicking Prevention Ni barrier <ul><li>In lower profile applications, solder wicking into the contact area has becom...
Additional Resource <ul><li>For ordering Clincher connectors, please click the part list or </li></ul><ul><li>Call our sal...
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FCI Flex Connectors

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A better understanding of the types of flexible circuitry connectors.
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FCI Flex Connectors

  1. 1. FCI Flex Connectors & Clincher™ Connectors <ul><li>Source: FCI </li></ul>
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This training module provides a better understanding of the types of flexible circuitry connectors that are available in the marketplace, as well the latest technology that makes these connectors more versatile than ever. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses and applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market Trends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cable and connector types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clincher connectors and their features </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>21 pages </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Flexible Circuitry Uses Board to Board Signaling Display to Board Termination Backlight Applications
  4. 4. Flexible Circuitry Applications <ul><li>Mobile Handsets </li></ul><ul><li>Car navigation systems/ other CMD </li></ul><ul><li>Point of Sale equipment (terminal & printer) </li></ul><ul><li>Test and measurement equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Medical equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Education & Retail </li></ul><ul><li>DVD-player / writer </li></ul><ul><li>Flat panel televisions </li></ul><ul><li>LCD / TFT </li></ul><ul><li>Set-top boxes </li></ul><ul><li>Handheld scanner </li></ul><ul><li>PDA’s </li></ul><ul><li>MP3 player </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cable Types <ul><li>FFC – Flat Flexible Cable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat metal conductors laminated between two dielectric films, typically polyester or polyimide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest current carrying capability, most robust </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FPC – Flexible Printed Circuit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemically etched copper conductors on a base film of Mylar or similar material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lighter weight, utilizes stiffener for termination into board connector </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CIC – Conductive Ink Circuit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conductive paste of carbon or silver laminated within Mylar or polyester film </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lightest weight, lowest current carrying capability, requires stiffener for termination </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Flex Circuit Connector Board Termination Styles Termination type (Through Hole & SMT)
  7. 7. Contact Spacing <ul><li>Also known as pitch </li></ul><ul><li>Refers to the distance, measured center to center, between contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Flex connectors are currently available in .3mm, .4mm, .5mm, .8mm, 1.0mm, and 1.25mm contact spacing </li></ul>Pitch (contact area 0.3mm) 0.3mm Product Pitch 0.4 to 1.25mm Product Terminal Pitch (0.6mm)
  8. 8. Applications – Contact Spacing               MP3 player               PDA's               Handheld scanners               Set-top boxes               LCD / TFT               Flat panel televisions               DVD - player / writer               Eductation and Retail               Medical equipment               Test and measurement equipment               Point of Sale equipment               Car navigation systems / other CMD               Mobile Handsets 2.54mm 1.25mm 1.0mm .8mm .5mm .4mm .3mm Application / Market Contact Spacing
  9. 9. Contact Locations <ul><li>Provides design flexibility allowing for different positioning of PCB’s and easy routing of the cable. </li></ul>Bottom contact connector Top contact connector Conductive side (for Top contact) FPC cable Conductive side (for Bottom contact) Contact point Contact point
  10. 10. Cable Insertion - ZIF <ul><li>Very Small (“Zero”) insertion force of conductor into the connector </li></ul><ul><li>Prevents cable buckling </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids excessive scraping of contact surfaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows highest possible number of mating cycles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Utilizes an actuator to retain cable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slider activation ensures a smooth insertion and a firmly locked connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flip lock activation provides easy operation </li></ul></ul>Top Flip Actuator Slide Actuator 1. Open 2. Cable insertion 3. Close
  11. 11. Flip Actuation - ZIF ① Open ② Cable insertion ③ Close ① Open ② Cable insertion ③ Close Back side flip actuator Front flip actuator
  12. 12. Cable Insertion – LIF (non-ZIF) <ul><li>Low insertion force (LIF) of cable into the connector. </li></ul><ul><li>Simpler product design </li></ul><ul><li>Straight-forward insertion process </li></ul><ul><li>Lower number of mating cycles than ZIF </li></ul><ul><li>The contact positioning provides reliable and easy mating operation </li></ul>
  13. 13. ZIF vs. LIF Comparison Better Better Good Good LIF Good Good Better Better ZIF Size Cost Reliability Durability
  14. 14. Industry and Connector Trends <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Miniaturization: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller pitch sizes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced weight / low profile </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher speed signal requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Error proof actuation and cable insertion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for continued cost reduction </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Flex Product Range
  16. 16. Clincher ™ Flexible Circuitry Connectors <ul><li>“ Clinch” cable termination provides four gas-tight, contamination-free contact points to each conductor </li></ul><ul><li>Housing window permits crimp inspection to verify proper termination </li></ul><ul><li>Receptacle design features highly reliable Mini PV® dual-metal contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Standard un-keyed receptacles available in 2 through 32 positions </li></ul><ul><li>Keyed and latching receptacles available in 6 through 34 positions </li></ul><ul><li>Gold/GXT or lead-free pure Tin plating options </li></ul><ul><li>Mass termination to unprepared cable reduces assembly costs </li></ul><ul><li>Mates with industry standard headers </li></ul>
  17. 17. Effective Cable Lock Alignment Systems <ul><li>Provides effective strain relief for demanding applications </li></ul><ul><li>Clincher systems have passed the most rigorous customer drop test specifications in the industry </li></ul>
  18. 18. Back Side Flip Actuation <ul><li>Back side flip design makes insertion and actuation a one-handed process. </li></ul><ul><li>Back side flip allows the user to insert the cable and close the actuator in one smooth motion. </li></ul><ul><li>Results in higher quality of customer’s end product because of higher assurance the cable is inserted properly. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Visual Assurance of Proper Cable Insertion Proper Insertion of FPC Space is left between FPC and Housing Slanting condition of FPC Improperly Inserted FPC
  20. 20. Solder Wicking Prevention Ni barrier <ul><li>In lower profile applications, solder wicking into the contact area has become a concern </li></ul><ul><li>This results in shorts as well as connectors that fail mechanically </li></ul><ul><li>FCI utilizes a proprietary Ni barrier to prevent solder wicking in the contact and actuator locations </li></ul>
  21. 21. Additional Resource <ul><li>For ordering Clincher connectors, please click the part list or </li></ul><ul><li>Call our sales hotline </li></ul><ul><li>For additional inquires contact our technical service hotline </li></ul><ul><li>For more product information go to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://portal.fciconnect.com/portal/page/portal/FcicntPublic/FFC_FPC_2.54MMClincher </li></ul></ul>

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