According to foreign media reports, Amphenol RF, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of RF interconnect solutions, announced the launch of the latest automotive interconnect technology – the AUTOMATE Mini-FAKRA connector series. The family provides the space-aware, high-performance interface that is critical for next-generation automotive applications. Compared to the previous FAKRA connector, the AUTOMATE connector has a data transfer speed of up to 20 Gbps and an 80% reduction in installation requirements.
Mini-FAKRA connector (Image credit: Amphenol RF)
The AUTOMATE connector series features a color-coded housing design that acts as a visual guide during assembly. In addition, the connector is mechanically controlled by a key, which prevents the connector from being mis-mated. The connector is easy to install and is suitable for automotive applications such as autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and 360-degree surround view cameras.
Currently available in a Type A right angle PCB and cable mount configuration, AUTOMATE connectors feature many of the same popular design elements as traditional FAKRA connectors, including push-fit (providing an audible confirmation of a secure connection) and end position assurance (TPA) , the latter is a secondary locking mechanism located on the cable mount connector, providing additional security during installation and will lock into place when the connector is properly mated.
The Type A connector series is fully compatible with existing mini FAKRA connectors commonly used in automotive applications. Additionally, custom cable assemblies and IP rated sealing solutions are available upon request.