SMA connector range includes solderless version

November 10, 2020 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
SMA connector range includes solderless version
Solderless connectors provide an alternative to conventional types that speeds manufacturing and facilitates field replacement with no loss in performance or reliability.

Intelliconnect (Europe) has extended its popular range of 2.9 mm and SMA connectors with the addition of a solderless version which offers customers faster assembly time and field replaceable connectivity.

SMA semi-precision coaxial RF connectors offer a minimal connector interface for coaxial cable with a screw-type coupling mechanism. The connectors have a 50 Ω impedance and are designed for use from DC (0 Hz) to 18 GHz. Popular applications include microwave systems, hand-held radio and mobile telephone antennas, and more recently with Wi-Fi antenna systems and USB software-defined radio dongles. They are also commonly used in radio astronomy, particularly at higher frequencies (5 GHz+).

Intelliconnect offer a standard range of bulkhead and panel mount connectors, including a waterproof version and right-angle adapters.

The arrival of the award-winning range of solderless, field-replaceable connectors which provide solderless attachment to semi rigid cables including 0.047-, 0.085- and 0.141-inch types not only extends the product range but also opens up new markets including medical, defence, space, industrial and cryogenics. Cryogenic electronics is a fast-growing, cutting-edge market which includes quantum computing, medical and research applications.

The Intelliconnect stainless-steel solderless 2.9 mm and SMA connectors have been designed for applications where reliability, durability, robustness and high-frequency performance are very important. Key features include faster assembly time,  high repeatability, guaranteed equivalent performance to solder connection, no special tooling required, cable retention force similar to soldered versions and field replaceable connectivity in the event of wear or damage to the connector.

Roy Philips, managing Director of Intelliconnect (Europe), comments, “SMA connectors have a very wide range of applications and our new solderless connectors provide customers with a very useful alternative to conventional types for assembling connectors to 0.085-inch (RG405) and 0.14-inch cables with no loss in performance or reliability. Solderless assembly speeds manufacture and facilitates field replacement in the event of wear or damage to the connector.”

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