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Harwin wins prestigious EE Times/EDN ACE Award with Hi-Rel high performance Gecko 1.25mm pitch connector family

Connectors cut space and weight in harsh environment applications where failure is not an option.

Harwin Inc, the leading manufacturer of hi-rel interconnect solutions and cost-saving PCB hardware products, today announced that its Gecko G125 high reliability, high performance 1.25mm pitch connector family has been named the winner of the EETimes/EDN ACE Awards in the category Ultimate Products – Passives, Interconnects and Electromechanical.

Gecko connectors enable engineers to reduce the size and weight of systems for harsh environment applications such as commercial and defense aerospace and unmanned aerial vehicles, down-hole exploration and drilling applications and robotics. Gecko connectors offer exceptional performance in a miniature package – they feature pin spacing of 1.25mm and up to 50 contacts per connector, a dense pin count in a small package which achieves a 35% space saving over other high-performance connectors such as Micro-D.

Current rating is 2A per contact simultaneously and contact resistance of 20mΩ. Environmental performance is also outstanding, with products classified for 65/150/96 hours at 95% RH, and featuring an operational temperature range of -65 to 150°C and the ability to withstand shock of 981m/s² (100G) for 6ms. Vibration sensitivity with latched connectors in 10Hz to 2000Hz, 1.5mm, 198mm/s² (20G), duration two hours. The durable mating system is tested to 1,000 mating operations.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 1 at The Fairmont San Jose, during EE Live! A panel of EE Times and EDN editors narrowed down the entries to five finalists in each category, then the winners are determined from among the finalists by a panel of independent judges.

“We are continually amazed at the level of creativity in the design, innovation and technology exemplified by these award winners,” said Patrick Mannion, VP, Brand Director, UBM Tech Electronics. “We are pleased to be able to celebrate their achievements.”

ACE Award presented to Doug Steele

Doug Steele, VP of Global Distribution receives the award from Kevin Parmenter, Mouser Electronics

We are delighted that our new Gecko connectors have been so well-received around the world, enabling product differentiation in very many market sectors. We thank UBM Tech Electronics for this wonderful recognition.

Doug Steele | VP of Worldwide Distribution, Harwin