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        6 major development trends and market opportunities in the connector industry

           2020-08-15 13:52:04

        The connector is an indispensable device in most electronic products. It is responsible for transmitting current, voltage or optical signals. It has a wide range of applications, including aerospace, automotive, industrial, 3C, medical and other industries. As China has developed into the world's largest connector market, in recent years, the major industries driving the growth of connectors are 5G communications, electric vehicles and Industry 4.0. This is a rare market opportunity for connector companies. .

        Traditional connectors need to achieve three major performances, namely mechanical performance, electrical performance and environmental performance. The so-called mechanical performance refers to the performance guarantee for the insertion and removal of the connector; the electrical performance includes the requirements for contact resistance, insulation resistance and electrical strength; and the environmental performance requires the connector to have basic temperature resistance, humidity resistance, vibration resistance and Shocks, etc., for these basic requirements, emerging markets also need to maintain.

        In addition to the above-mentioned basic requirements, the new application market also has new requirements for connectors, that is, new connectors are smaller, more reliable, and have stronger wireless performance while possessing a certain degree of intelligence. This is a new market demand. As far as enterprises are concerned, only when connectors meet such requirements can they grasp new market opportunities. Generally speaking, the development trend of connector technology in the next few years is as follows:

        Six development trends of connectors

        1. High-frequency and high-speed connector technology

        In many 5G communication applications, connectors carry the important task of converting optical and electrical signals. With the advent of the 5G Internet of Everything era, 5G’s high data and high transmission requirements are destined to require connector performance upgrades, while high frequency and high speed Features have become a new requirement.

        2. Connector technology for wireless transmission

        In the era of the Internet of Things, wireless technology will also be ubiquitous. In addition to realizing contact-type connection as before, the connection of wireless transmission in many occasions such as industry and automobiles will also be a guarantee in the future. After all, double protection is the safest.

        3. Smaller and more convenient connector technology

        Previous connectors were used for many contacts, and they were filled in many expansion card slots. Of course, in the 5G era, there may be dozens of connectors in an optical fiber device, which requires smaller connectors to achieve higher performance connections.

        Fourth, higher accuracy and lower cost

        Since automobiles have very high requirements for safety, automobile connectors are originally a very large market. With the development of electric vehicles, connectors will require higher accuracy and cost, and they will be more popular than previous connectors. .

        5. Smarter connector technology

        With the advent of the AI era, connectors may not only implement simple transmission functions. In the future, in switching power supplies, in addition to ensuring the data of electrical signals, connectors may be able to perform simple intelligent judgment and protection, output correct data while avoiding power failure. Damage, of course, this requires the support of IC technology.

        6. Automated production technology of connectors

        In the traditional connector design and production, manual labor accounts for the main part. With the development of industrial automation, especially the precision processing of connectors, abrasive tools and CAD, these advanced machines will become the main force of the industry.

        Connector companies usher in new development opportunities

        Connectors are very basic electronic devices. Compared with slow-growing application markets such as computers and mobile devices, new markets will bring new profit growth points to enterprises. They are 5G communications, automotive and industrial markets. China's connector market has gradually expanded in capacity, maintaining a double-digit growth trend every year, with huge potential.

        5G will be another key factor in the outbreak of the communications market. Connectors carry the task of data connection between computers and terminals in communications. In data communications, wired and wireless communications coexist. This is the wireless connector demand mentioned above. Will greatly increase, and connectors will continue to grow in communication equipment.

        In automotive applications, due to the demand for connectors for automotive entertainment systems and electric systems, in addition to data transmission between engine management systems and devices, connectors are also needed between automotive entertainment systems and electronic devices.

        Industrial connectors need stronger reliability and performance. With the construction of the Industrial Internet, stronger connectors are needed between industrial equipment and networks. They have new requirements for connector performance.

        Companies want to seize these opportunities to overcome the six technical problems listed above. Connectors do not have to have these technologies at the same time. For different markets, their requirements may be different. As the market advances, these requirements will be gradually implemented.