Harwin Provides Industry with Smallest & Most Lightweight Mixed-Layout Connectors to Date
Featuring cable, vertical & right-angle PCB versions that all support 10A current delivery
Portsmouth, UK, 22 October 2019 – Harwin continues to extend the scope of its high-reliability (hi-rel)
connector portfolio through the introduction of mixed-layout versions of the company’s popular Gecko-SL
series. By complementing the data contacts with 2 or 4 power contacts (in power/data configurations of
either 1+8+1 or 2+8+2), the Gecko-MT products enable significant space and weight reductions in
electronic hardware. This means that they address modern system designs where major constraints can be
placed on these parameters. The respective power and data current ratings are 10A and 2.8A max per
The initial release comprises female and male cable connectors, plus female vertical and male right-angle
PCB connector options. These components are fitted with sturdy, stainless steel screw-lok fixings (in both
conventional and reversed formats), to ensure ongoing interconnect integrity in even the most challenging
of application environments. They have 20G vibration and 100G shock resilience and their operational
temperature range spans from -65°C to 150°C. Low outgassing properties are also exhibited.
By encompassing both data and power in a single compact and lightweight solution, Gecko-MT connectors
are highly optimised for avionics, defence, space, and motorsport. Among the key target applications are
robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battery management and satellites. They are available from
stock and through Harwin’s distribution network. In addition, cable assemblies can be requested for
manufacture by Harwin’s in-house operations.
“By specifying Gecko-MT, engineers will be able to streamline their designs, improve size and weight
profiles and reduce bill-of-materials costs by using a smaller and lower-cost component than comparable
Micro-D connectors,” states John Brunt, Product Manager for High-Reliability at Harwin. “By combining
together power and signal in one robust mating pair, savings can be made in both weight and space,
without any compromise in performance or longevity.”
Harwin will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo Europe 2019 at stand F90.