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Omron's New XD2B Battery Connector For Smartphones And Other Mobile Devices Is The Smallest In The Industry, And Will Make Further Miniaturization Of Mobile Devices Possible. (Photo: Business Wire)

OMRON Corporation (TOKYO:6645)(ADR:OMRNY) today announced the planned launch of its new XD2B battery connector in mid-December 2012. With a pitch of 2mm and a depth of 2.6mm, this new battery connecter is the smallest of its kind currently available in the industry.* The ultra-compact XD2B battery connector is compatible with batteries for smartphones and other mobile devices.

Omron's new XD2B battery connector for smartphones and other mobile devices is the smallest in the i ...

Omron's new XD2B battery connector for smartphones and other mobile devices is the smallest in the industry, and will make further miniaturization of mobile devices possible. (Photo: Business Wire)

* As of December 6, 2012, according to an OMRON survey

Development BackgroundAs mobile devices such as smartphones incorporate increasingly higher functionality and slimmer designs, it is necessary to reduce the size of components embedded in these devices without compromising reliability. Connector contacts are usually formed using a pressing process, but pressing technology has several serious drawbacks. For instance, with pressing technology it is difficult to make the width of formed products smaller than the thickness of the original sheet to be pressed, and there are limitations on how far the bending radius of metal can be reduced. These drawbacks make it difficult to satisfy customer demand for greater miniaturization and higher contact reliability.

OMRON has found a way around these problems by specially developing a new electroforming technology based on further advancement of the company's microfabrication and materials technologies. This advancement has led to the development of a battery connector with a 2mm pitch and a 2.6mm depth, using subminiature contacts that are impossible to form with conventional press technology.

Features

The industry's smallest pitch and depthThe XD2B's significantly reduced PCB footprint contributes to further miniaturization of devices and larger battery sizes.

High contact reliabilityThe XD2B's contact is significantly stronger than conventional pressed contacts. Its spring-contact configuration fits tightly to the battery contact pad improving contact force, and providing greater resistance against momentary power outages caused by drop impacts.

PriceOpen

Sales Target1,000,000 units/month

Factory in ChargeYasu Plant, Omron Corporation

Ratings and Specifications

Rated current/voltage   2A DC, 5V DC
Contact resistance 35 mΩ max. (2-pin contact, at 20 mV DC max., 100 mA max.)
Battery insertion/removal tolerance 5,000 times
Ambient operating temperature   -30° to +85°C (with no icing or condensation)
 

Material

Housing   LCP resin (UL94V-0)/black
Contacts Nickel alloy/nickel substrate

Gold-plated contact section/mounting section

Hold-down clips   Brass/nickel substrate

Gold-plated mounting section

 

Future PlansOMRON plans to expand the range of applications of its electroforming technology to include a variety of other high-precision micromachined components such as inspection sockets for semiconductors, etc.

OMRON's Electroforming TechnologyElectroforming is a metal forming process that forms ultra-thin metal components through an electroplating process. The components are produced by developing a layer of metal onto a base form (master). Once the plated layer has been built up to the desired thickness, this newly formed part is stripped off the master substrate. Electroforming enables high-precision production of extremely small, thin, and fine parts. OMRON also produces dies using microfabrication technology to meet more exacting needs for shapes and sizes, thus enabling transfer of a pattern with submicron-scale (0.0001mm) accuracy.

Visit the website below for more information about Omron's micro contacts and electroforming technology: http://www.omron.com/ecb/products/cn/special/index.html

About OMRONHeadquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933, and headed by President Yoshihito Yamada, OMRON has more than 37,000 employees in over 35 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including industrial automation, electronic components, social systems, and healthcare. The company has five regional head offices in Kyoto (Japan), Singapore (Asia Pacific), Shanghai (Greater China), Amsterdam (Europe, Africa, and the Middle East), and Chicago (the Americas). For more information, visit OMRON's website: http://www.omron.com/



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