Panasonic will start delivering samples of its new "Board to FPC" and "Board to Wire" connectors in June 2016.
Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed two types of connectors for connecting in-vehicle LED lamp modules to control boards. These connectors allow for greater freedom and refinement in designing in-vehicle LED lighting. One of these is a "Board to FPC (Flexible printed circuit) Connector", the first of its kind in the industry*1 that is suitable for cable connection to daytime running lights (DRLs), which are kept switched on during the daytime, and in rear lamps. The other is a "Board to Wire Connector", the lowest-profile connector in the industry*2 that is suitable for LED headlamp modules.
These new products have the following features:
<Board to FPC Connector>
- This connector has a metal terminal connection structure that eliminates the need for FPC contacts for the first time in the industry*1, realizing direct connection between the LED-chip-mounted FPC and the control power board. It requires no relay harness, allowing the use of fewer components and fewer man-hours.
- The connector's double-clip structure (clip metal contact structure) ensures its resistance to vibration and temperatures up to 125℃, both extremely desirable properties for headlamps.
- The connector's inertial lock structure prevents incomplete engagement, thereby offering improved workability.
<Board to Wire Connector>
- This connector has an in-house-developed terminal shape that gives the connector a height of only 3.4 mm, the lowest profile of any connector in the industry*2. This low profile connector exerts a minimal effect on the lighting angle of the LED, enabling smaller and low profile LED lamp modules to be easily manufactured.
- The connector's unique LED headlamp terminal structure gives it vital vibration resistance as well as heat resistance up to 125℃.
- The connector is equipped with a lock failure prevention guard that eliminates any failure in locking action, offering improved workability.
- *1:On May 27, 2016, it was developed as a two-piece type board to FPC connector (according to research by Panasonic).
- *2:On May 27, 2016, it was developed as a connector for in-vehicle LED lamp modules (according to research by Panasonic).
The products will be exhibited at the JPCA Show 2016 held at Tokyo Big Sight from June 1 to 3 this year.