Bulgin Unveils Programmable Compact Smart Connector

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The smart connector enables the system designers to deploy serialisation, help to save valuable space, identify the possible use of counterfeit products

Bulgin, a leading manufacturer of environmentally sealed connectors and components, announced the launch of a smart connector that enables easy pairing of devices and connectors, electronic device serialisation and real-time connection status sensing.

Due to its rugged and miniature design, the connector is resistant to the harshest possible environmental conditions like extreme temperature, dirt exposure, chemical spray and water immersion.

Initially, Bulgin has designed the first smart rugged connector in 2017 that features a built-in integrated circuit as a customisation project for agricultural control and sensing application. The company went on to develop the connector as an off-the-shelf solution for a comprehensive array of other applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), medical, agriculture and industrial.

Save space, time and cost

The latest product enables the system designers to deploy serialisation, help to save valuable space, identify the possible use of counterfeit products and saving time and costs related to the labelling or marking of connectors.

The new environmentally-sealed connector is equipped with a 7 x 5 mm print circuit board (PCB) with an EEPROM (electrically erasable programmable read-only memory) device, positioned securely under the overmould of miniature connector of Bulgin 400 Series.

The EEPROM device can be used in a connector for a vast variety of applications that require an electronic security check to set up a connection, that include those requiring accessory or PCB identification, analog sensor calibration and sensor calibration data storage.

Due to its ability to store data and file systems reliably for decades, EEPROM data memory technology enables easy calibration and security code changes. It can also allow efficient customisation of application programmes including appliance settings and transmitter codes.

The Bulgin 400 Series is one of the most compact series of connectors within the company’s Buccaneer range. In addition, it is ideal for designs that require a small footprint.

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