Connector may be a strange product for consumers, but it is the most commonly used product for electronic engineers. Connector is an indispensable device in most electronic products. It is responsible for transmitting current, voltage or optical signals. Its application is very broad. It has been applied in aerospace, automobile, industry, 3C, medical and other industries. According to relevant statistics, the global connector market will be 53.5 billion US dollars in 2016. Driven by 5G data communication, automobile, industry and other industries, the global connector market demand will keep growing. It is estimated that the global connector market will reach 60 billion US dollars in 2020. As China has developed into the world’s largest connector market, in recent years, the major industries driving connector growth are 5G communications, electric vehicles and industrial 4.0, which is a rare market opportunity for connector enterprises.
Traditional connectors need to achieve three major performance, namely mechanical performance, electrical performance and environmental performance. The so-called mechanical performance refers to the performance assurance of connector insertion and pull-out; electrical performance includes contact resistance, insulation resistance and electrical strength requirements; and environmental performance requires connectors with basic temperature, moisture, vibration and shock resistance, for these basic requirements, emerging markets also need to maintain.
In addition to the above basic requirements, the new application market also has new requirements for connectors, that is, new connectors are smaller, more reliable, more wireless and have certain intelligence. This is the new demand of the market. For enterprises, connectors can grasp new market opportunities only if they meet such requirements. Overall, the development trend of connector technology in the next few years is as follows:
Six Developing Trends of Connectors
I. High Frequency and High Speed Connector Technology
In many 5G communication applications, the connector bears the heavy task of transforming optical and electrical signals. With the advent of the age of 5G interconnection, the high data and high transmission requirements of 5G are bound to require the performance upgrading of connectors, and the high frequency and high speed characteristics become new requirements.
2. Connector Technology for Wireless Transmission
In the era of the Internet of Things, wireless technology will also be everywhere. In addition to the contact connection mode of connectors as before, in many future occasions such as industry, automobiles and so on, wireless transmission connection is also a guarantee. After all, dual protection is the most secure.
3. Smaller and more convenient connector technology
Previous connectors were used for many contacts, which were filled in many expansion slots. Of course, in the 5G era, there may be dozens of connectors in a fiber optic device, which requires smaller connectors to achieve higher performance connections.
4. Connector Technology with Higher Accuracy and Lower Cost
Because of the high safety requirement of automobiles, automotive connectors are a very large market. With the development of electric vehicles, connectors will require higher accuracy and cost, and they will be more popular than previous connectors.
5. More Intelligent Connector Technology
With the advent of AI era, connectors may not only realize simple transmission functions. In the future, in switching power supply, in addition to ensuring the data of electrical signals, connectors can make simple intelligent judgment and protection, output correct data while avoiding power supply damage, of course, this requires the support of IC technology.
6. Automation Production Technology of Connectors
In the traditional design and production of connectors, manual occupies the main part. With the development of industrial automation, especially in the precision processing of connectors, abrasives and CAD, these advanced machines will become the main force of the industry.
Connector Enterprises Welcome New Development Opportunities
Connectors are very basic electronic devices. Compared with the slowly growing application market such as computers and mobile devices, the new market will bring new profit growth points to enterprises, they are 5G communication, automobile and industrial markets respectively. Today, China’s connector market capacity is gradually expanding, maintaining a double-digit growth trend every year. It has great potential.
5G will be another key factor in the outbreak of communication market. Connectors carry the task of data connection between computers and terminals in communication. In data communication, wired and wireless communication coexist. That is to say, the demand for wireless connectors mentioned above will increase, and connectors will continue to grow in communication equipment. In automotive applications, because of the need for connectors in automotive entertainment system and electric system, connectors are also needed between on-board entertainment system and electronic equipment in addition to data transmission between engine management system and equipment. Industrial connectors need stronger reliability and performance. With the construction of industrial internet, stronger connectors are needed between hard industrial devices and networks. They have new requirements for connector performance.
If enterprises want to seize these opportunities, they have to overcome the six technical problems listed above. Connectors do not necessarily have these technologies at the same time. For different markets, they may have different requirements. With the promotion of the market, these needs will be gradually implemented.
Post time: Jan-14-2019