Hirose has reduced the size of its 2.5 GHz high frequency antenna connector to offer significant space-savings in automotive antenna systems. Employing a one-step crimp termination design, the GT21 Series antenna connector is also said to reduce assembly time and cost. Furthermore, the crimp termination design enables the cable assembly to be completed without touching the centre conductor, which provides precise centre conductor positioning and consistent operation.
The GT21 Series antenna connector utilizes a highly reliable locking mechanism constructed to handle the shock and vibration commonly found in automotive applications. With a lock strength of 98N, the lock emits a clear tractile click when properly mated. A lock confirmation window further prevents incomplete mating.
The rugged GT21 Series connector is available in three termination variations, including a pin-through hole version, an SMT version and an in-line version. The antenna connector supports single coaxial, 2-port, 3-port and 4-port cable terminations. The single coaxial version is offered in 4 colour coded keying options.
“Out-performing industry standard FAKRA connectors in high frequency characteristics, the GT21 not only offers superior performance compared to competing products, but also space-savings up to 37%,” said Mark Kojak, VP of sales and marketing for Hirose Electric USA. “The GT21 Series also reduces assembly time and total cost of ownership.”
The GT21 Series is rated for exposure to shock and vibration, sulfur dioxide, high humidity and thermal shock. The antenna connector has an operating temperature of -40 to +105 degree C.