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Molex introduces MXMag Gigabit Single-Port
RJ45 connector for automated reflow-solder assembly

Withstands up to 2,500 mating cycles, exceeding highest customer requirements for durability and mechanical performance.

Molex, LLC augments its product offering for magnetic jacks with the introduction of the MXMag Gigabit Single-Port RJ45 connector. With options suitable for automated reflow-solder assembly, the integrated magnetic jack provides OEMs with a high-speed assembly solution without compromising the robust and reliable through-hole PCB connection.

Manufacturers under pressure to increase productivity while reducing overall costs are looking to fully automate their assembly lines. Historically, RJ45 connectors with integrated magnetics are hand placed and wave soldered to ensure that the through-hole PCB connection is robust and reliable. "Transitioning to pick-and-place magnetic jacks must not compromise the quality of through-hole solder joints and must offer the customer competitive product pricing," explained Patrick Tunn, global product manager, Molex. "The MXMag Gigabit Single-Port RJ45 connector is designed specifically for automated reflow-solder assembly processes, providing an alternative custom magnetic RJ45 jack solution for OEMs looking to lower component placement costs without the need for an expensive PCB redesign."

Capable of 10/100/1000Mbit transmission speeds, the magnetic jack is available with varied pin assignments, circuits, LEDs and EMI shield options to meet requirements for the majority of right-angle custom magnetics. Suitable for both commercial (0 to +70˚C) and industrial (-40 to +85˚C) operating temperatures, applications can be varied, from set-top boxes (STBs) and point-of-sale (PoS) terminals to security cameras and vision equipment. Typical industry applications cover the industrial, infrastructure, commercial, and telecoms and networking sectors.

Other notable features of the MXMag Gigabit Single-Port RJ45 connector are its compact size, with a depth of just 21.56mm (0.85"), and robust design: "Developed with the highest mechanical, electrical and environmental performance features in mind, the magnetic jack is tested to withstand 2,500 mating cycles, which is more than three times that of comparable products on the market currently for use in high-vibration environments and mission critical applications," added Tunn.

Multiple packaging options are available to support OEMs during their transition to automated assembly processes - tape and reel packaging for pick-and-place and tray packaging for standard assembly.

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Molex Incorporated in profile
Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace anddefense, medical and lighting. Established in 1938, the company operates 41 manufacturing locations in 15 countries.

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