FCI Augments Its Cost Saving, Easy Mating, Fine Pitched Mezzostak Mezzanine Connect

These new variations’ stub-less contact interface supports PCIeGen2 compatibility and facilitates high speed performance of up to 5Gb. These characteristics enable the connectors to support communications and networking applications with higher signal transmission while allowing engineers to still tap on this category’s core value propositions – cost-savings, easy mating and space optimization.

The MezzoStak® Mezzanine connectors features an innovative hermaphroditic “mate-toitself” design that reduces product mix and simplifies connector selection, documentation and component maintenance. This allows engineers to significantly reduce cost and time spent in the design and maintenance phase.

In addition, this unique design catalyzes the consolidation of part numbers and components, which helps to increase the relative volume of this connector category and further drive down manufacturing cost. The consolidation also alleviates supply chain and inventory burdens for electronics component distributors and manufacturers alike. The significant cost savings that FCI’s MezzoStak® Mezzanine connectors provide make them a viable low cost alternative to high-speed mezzanine connectors across many industries.

Easy mating is another value proposition that these solutions provide. The four guidance “scoops” integrated in their design permit easy mating and precise connections even when mis-aligned. Their polarization feature also eliminates the chance of mis-mating and prevents errors in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) placement. This helps OEMs to save assembly time during the production stage and accelerate time-to-market. This also safeguards the quality of end products by reducing assembly errors.

This family of 0.5mm fine pitched, high density mezzanine connectors is also compact and allows design engineers to save real estate on the PCB. This space-optimizing feature allows design engineers to use the freed PCB space to integrate more functions or boost existing performance, while still retaining an overall compact design.

“Cost savings, easy mating and space optimization have always been behind the MezzoStak® Mezzanine connectors’ huge success and popularity across different industries,” said Fabrizio Stango, Commercial Portfolio Director at FCI. “By building on these connectors’ core value propositions and expanding our product offerings with the 80 and 90 position variations, we hope to boost this product family’s applicability and ensure that these connector solutions will continue to stay relevant in today’s rapidly developing technology and industrial sectors.”

Since its debut in 2011, FCI has shipped over 100 million lines of these popular connectors to over 200 end-customers from a myriad of industries. This includes manufacturers in the portable and mobile electronics, communications and networking, automotive and military sectors.

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