HARTING ix Industrial® - The new miniaturized Ethernet interface

Ethernet is the dominant communication standard and continues to penetrate more and more areas of our lives. The globally popular RJ45 connector is synonymous with Ethernet connections. However, with advances in miniaturisation the RJ45 has now become simply too large for many applications. HARTING take the occasion of this autumn’s trade fairs electronica and SPS IPC Drives 2016 to introduce the new ix Industrial®, a clear commitment to miniaturisation that sets a new standard for IP20 Ethernet Connections.

Up till now, the RJ45 connector has been the epitome of the Ethernet interface in the IP20 environment. Certainly the world's most used connector, the RJ45 is present everywhere and is consequently loved so much by users. However, given the prospect of ever-smaller devices and sensors, the RJ45’s size limits the potential for miniaturisation. Consequently, a smaller and more rugged connector is on the wish list of many users and developers, one which can also offer Cat. 6A performance for 1/10Gbit/s Ethernet at the control Level.

HARTING ix Industrial®

With the ix Industrial®, HARTING is presenting an integrated system which meets all of these requirements, and just in time for autumn trade shows electronica and SPS IPC Drives.

Socket sizes slashed by 70% compared to the RJ45 enable device manufacturers to use the ix in much smaller devices. For device integration, a small yet robust socket with five THR shielding contacts is available for maximum stability on the PCB. The ix connectors feature stable latching effected via two metal hooks, and together with the new socket ensure an absolutely secure and vibration-proof connection from the cable to the circuit board -- for a minimum 5.000 mating cycles.

With respect to device wiring, users can avail themselves of flexible, thin system cables with a tight bending radius which can be assembled with the ix mating face on both ends or mixed, i.e. with the ix and the RJ45 connector on opposite ends. This enables a gradual adaptation of individual elements in the control level without the need to directly acquire all systems anew.

The HARTING ix Industrial® interface is standardised in accordance with IEC/PAS 61076-3-124, making it an option for additional market participants.