Male & Female 150 Pin DIN 41612 Connectors. Tyco Cross 533911-4, 533914-4

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We are pleased to announce the following crosses.  Tyco parts 533911-4 and 533914-4, male and female 150 pin Din 41612 Connectors.  Please visit the links below for product page and ordering information.

150 Pin Female DIN 41612 Connector

150 Pin Male DIN 41612 Connector


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Scientists At Tokyo Tech Develop Molecular Switch

microswitchScientists at Tokyo Tech have taken the concept of an electronic switch and miniaturized it to the molecular scale.   Shintaro Fujii, Manabu Kiguchi, Kazunori Sugiyasu (NIMS), Hisao Nakamura (AIST) and colleagues, have been able to accomplish this task by  using a single quarter thiophene-based junction bridged between two gold electrodes using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).   They then applied an external mechanical force to the junction via a piezo actuator.   These switches show promise for future applications in molecule sized electronic components.

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About MC4 Connectors

MC4 Solar ConnectorsMC4 is the abbreviation for manufacturer Multi-Contact and a contact assembly pin of 4 millimeters square. Photovoltaic panels are commonly connected using these single contact MC4 connectors. Sometimes a high level of current and voltage can put extra pressure on connectors as well as cables. MC4 connectors can help in safe operation by reducing the probability of wrong connections to a large extent. This is done with the help of a seal that is watertight as well as flexible.

The use of well insulated cable with a proper diameter is essential for a full proof MC4 seal.  Since most cables used in the outdoors get weakened or damaged by the effect of sun rays, the cables need to be double insulated and made of UV resistant material. A special kind of a crimping tool is used for making the connection along with alternative soldering.

Persistent pressure from a spring can result in low resistance contacts. It is extremely important to remember that even in the case of systems that are on low voltage, it is not recommended to disconnect or connect the assembly pins under load. There is a probability of the formation of an electric-arc which may lead to damage and melting of materials coming in contact with it. The result can be high resistance or overheating. This also happens because the arc continues to receive direct current. On the other hand, alternating current which is more commonly used, is self-extinguishing at the voltage point of zero-crossing.

MC4 connectors are usually an inter-connection of a large group of panels in series made up of strings. 17 to 34V of electricity is generated by each of these panels. The voltage per string is around 600V. A direct current circuit breaker is required for obstruction and opening of the circuit.

Most high power solar modules are made up of wires that have MC4 connectors. This is because MC4 connectors make the wiring process of large groups of solar units faster and simpler. MC4 connectors are UL certified and also meet the requirements of the National Electric Code. MC4 connectors are the preferred method of connection for most electrical inspectors and are well suited for outdoor connections because of their locked mechanism which prevents them from getting unplugged easily.

Central Components Manufacturing offers both male and female MC4 Connectors.  View our product page here.

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Forecasts for 2018 of the Global Electronics Market

Forecasts for 2018 in Six Segments of the Global Electronics Market

According to a report released by ReportsnReports, the global electronics market is on a high. With the US and European economies on the recovery path and the Asia-Pacific region reporting robust growth over the past few years, the overall market is expected to continue expanding. Let’s take a look at the forecasts for six important sectors of the global electronics market:

Consumer electronics

It is expected to be worth $1.6 trillion by 2018. This growth will be fueled by the increase in demand for consumer electronic products, like televisions, mobile devices (mobile phones & tablets), digital photography equipment and PCs. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the highest growth region, with a CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) of 17.6 percent. The other high growth regions will be the Middle-East (17 percent CAGR), Africa (16.9 percent CAGR) and Japan (13.9 percent CAGR).

Telecommunication electronics applications

The value of this sector is expected to be about $847.6 billion by 2018. Its growth rate is anticipated to be 12.8 percent year-on-year. As expected the Asia-Pacific region will account for the highest market share – 26.3 percent. India’s growth rate will be higher than that of US; however, America will have the overall highest market share among all countries. The market share of mobile devices will increase at 14.5 percent every year and will be highest by 2018. In terms of CAGR the fastest growing product segment will be Wireless LANs and WANs, with a growth rate of 20.9 percent.

Computing electronics applications

By 2018, this sector will be valued at $436.7 billion, with a CAGR of 10 percent. With a market share of 35 percent, the Asia-Pacific region will be at the forefront of the electronics market. The largest market share will be held by computer peripherals, and super computers will register fastest growth rates – 14.2 CAGR between 2011 and 2018. The demand for video games is also expected to increase over the next few years.

Medical electronics

Medical monitoring systems, surgical systems, diagnostics equipments, imaging solutions, etc will fuel the growth in this sector, which is expected to be valued at $372.4 billion by 2018. Medical therapeutics and imaging solutions will account for over 50 percent of the market share in the coming years. Innovation in medical technology is increasing and this sector is expected to be a frontrunner in next few years.

Industrial electronics

Semiconductors, T&M instruments and process control systems will be the primary growth areas within the industrial electronics market. While the Asia-Pacific region is expected to register a CAGR of 17 percent, both Europe and US aren’t far behind with expected CAGR of 15 percent.

Aerospace and defence

Developing countries like Brazil and India are expected to become the primary marketplace for aerospace and defence electronics. The value of this sector will be around $248.2 billion by 2018.


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Graphene Could Be the Next Wonder Material in the Electronics Industry

Graphene's sp2-bonded carbon atom hexagonal honeycomb crystal lattice

Graphene’s sp2-bonded carbon atom hexagonal honeycomb crystal lattice

If industry reports are to be believed the next ‘wonder material’ is here. Graphene, a form of carbon, was discovered over a decade ago, but its true potential has come to light only in the past few years. 2010 was the year that graphene received popular attention, after a couple of scientists – physicists to be precise – at the University of Manchester won the Nobel Prize for their work with graphene.

Unique mechanical properties

Graphene is the strongest material known to man. American Chemical Society data revealed that it is 200 times stronger than steel. Graphene is also the thinnest material. A single ounce of graphene can be spread across 28 standard-sized football fields. The carbon atoms in graphene are structured in a hexagonal web-pattern; similar to honeycomb.

But the main reason graphene could be a game-changer in the electronics industry is that it can conduct heat. Flexibility, conductibility and transparency are a rare and potent combination for any material to possess.

Mass production of graphene is the main challenge

For researchers, the biggest challenge was the commercial production of graphene. That was the only way to make it a viable alternative material. This challenge has been overcome. Recently, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Sungkyunkwan University made a breakthrough in production of graphene. They successfully produced graphene using the synthesis method. This breakthrough has raised hopes that mass production of graphene could become a reality much earlier than anticipated.

Big boost to semiconductor industry

Graphene produced through this technique can be utilized in the manufacture of semiconductors and components of electronic devices. Speculations regarding what this would mean for the electronics industry have already begun. Experts believe that graphene will allow electronic devices to become thinner and comparatively cheaper than products that utilize silicon. A water resistant and long-lasting battery is another possibility. Graphene’s flexibility could also be used to produce unique electronic devices.

Consumer electronics set for a revamp

The electron mobility of grapheme is 100 times greater than that of silicon. Its other attributes – heat conductibility, flexibility and durability – combined together make graphene perfect for producing the next generation of chipsets and displays with high degree of flexibility. Wearable technology is another sector that has been in the news in the recent past. Graphene can take it to the next level. Commercialization of graphene will reduce the dependency of the semiconductor industry on silicon.

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