FCI expands Flex Connector offering to address mobile market’s low-profile requirements

In addition, the VLP series, an enhanced version of the previous SFVL series of FPC ZIF connectors, is also now available with 0.5mm pitch and 0.7mm height, providing secure mating in confined board spaces. The connectors meet the accepted standards for ZIF connectors used in backlight and touchscreen applications and are commonly used in smart phone and mobile phone applications due to higher cable retention force and the back-flip actuator.

The SFGL and VLP series round out FCI’s family of flex connector products, which includes both ZIF (zero insertion force) and non-ZIF, top and bottom contact options, vertical and right-angle orientations, surface-mount and through-hole terminations in contact spacing options all the way down to 0.2mm.

“The market for smart phones and tablet computers is evolving quickly, and product re-designs may necessitate shrinking times-to-market,” said Koji Kowata, Marketing and Business Development Manager, FCI. “FCI was the first company to offer the option of an FFC/FPC connector under 1mm in height, and we continue to advance the technology and expand the options offered to our customers.”

Additional features in the FFC/FPC product series include optional cable locks and mounting devices.

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