Molex recently launched the stAK50h Unsealed Connection System, designed to deliver both signal and Ethernet connectivity in automotive body electronics, safety and driver assist, and comfort and infotainment devices and modules.

“An ever-expanding array of functionality and demand for connectivity in today’s automobiles is driving up the complexity of in-vehicle electronics. By eliminating the need for two separate connection systems for signal and Ethernet, the new hybrid stAK50h Connector System optimizes space and design flexibility,” said Scott Marceau, Global Product Manager, Molex.

The USCAR-2-compliant stAK50h Connection System is intended to expedite validation time for Tier One automotive manufacturers making design changes and launching new vehicle models. The stackable header design is meant to eliminate custom tooling, engineering, and validation time typically required in multi-bay automotive device and module configurations.

Incorporating through-hole style unsealed headers and hybrid connectors, the single- to multi-bay stAK50h Connector System meets industry-standard footprints based on 0.50 mm, 1.20 mm, and 2.80 mm terminal sizes widely used in automotive applications. The hybrid system is available with 12- to 56-circuit receptacles and can be used in applications ranging from low-current signal (5.0 A) to high-power applications (30.0 A). The headers and receptacles are color-matched to enable quick identification and easy assembly, while the Connector Position Assurance (CPA) latching feature prevents accidental disengagement of the stAK50h connection system.