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Solderless Vertical Launch Connector:The Ultimate Guide

When it comes to high-frequency applications and microwave communication, the choice of connectors becomes crucial. The Solderless Vertical Launch Connector, as a key connection solution, plays a vital role in supporting the design and performance of electronic devices. This connector not only simplifies the layout and assembly process of circuit boards but also helps ensure the quality and stability of signal transmission.

What is Solderless Vertical Launch Connector

The Solderless Vertical Launch Connector, a type of Solderless PCB Connector, is used for high-frequency and microwave applications. It is typically employed to transmit signals vertically onto a PCB without the need for soldering. This RF connector is uniquely designed to offer a stable signal transmission path, simplify assembly processes, and reduce issues associated with traditional soldering methods.

The Solderless Vertical Launch Connector usually consists of a specially shaped connector head that can be directly inserted into holes on the PCB, facilitating the connection with the circuit board. This design helps minimize signal attenuation and distortion during signal transmission, enhancing the reliability and stability of the connection.

Features

  • Wide frequency range: Supports various frequency ranges including DC to 27GHz (SMA), 40 GHz (2.92 mm), 50 GHz (2.4 mm), 65 GHz (1.85 mm), suitable for a variety of high-frequency and microwave applications.
  • Optional male and female head design: Offers an optional male and female head design, allowing for the selection of the appropriate connector type based on requirements to meet the connectivity needs of different devices and systems.
  • Excellent RF performance: Demonstrates outstanding RF performance, including ultra-low VSWR and low insertion loss, ensuring signal transmission stability and quality.
  • Easy solderless installation: Utilizes a solderless installation method, making the installation process simpler and quicker, while reducing issues associated with traditional soldering methods.
  • Suitable for various types of microstrip and stripline: Provides two specifications for microstrip and stripline, catering to the connectivity needs of different types of transmission lines, offering flexibility and versatility.

Applications

  • Printed circuit board design validation: Used to validate high-frequency signal transmission paths in printed circuit board designs, ensuring that the design meets performance requirements in actual applications.
  • High-speed data transmission: Employed in communication equipment, computer systems, and data centers to connect high-frequency signal paths, ensuring the stability and reliability of data transmission.
  • Bit error rate testing: For devices and systems undergoing bit error rate testing, used to connect high-frequency signal paths between test equipment and the device under test, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of test data.
  • RF applications: In the RF domain, such as radar systems, satellite communication equipment, and mobile communication base stations, utilized to connect RF signal paths to ensure stable signal transmission and high performance.
  • High-frequency measurement and analysis: In laboratories and research fields requiring high-frequency measurement and analysis, used to connect high-frequency signal paths between test equipment and the device under test, supporting precise measurement and analysis tasks.

How to Installation

  • Step 1: Preparation: Ensure the surface of the PCB board is flat and clean the interfaces of the connector and the PCB board.
  • Step 2: Insert the connector: Ensure the depth and angle of insertion are correct for proper contact between the connector and the PCB board.
  • Step 3: Tighten the installation screws to secure the connector.
  • Step 4: Inspection: Carefully inspect the contacts to ensure there is no looseness or misalignment.
  • Step 5: Connection testing: Conduct tests using instruments to verify the quality and stability of signal transmission.
How to Install the Solderless Vertical Launch Connector
How to Install the Solderless Vertical Launch Connector

Test Report

Here we take the 1.0mm female straight PCB connector launched by Vinstronics as an example, let’s take a look at its characteristics and performance data.

Electrical parameters: 

  • Impedance: 50Ω 
  • Frequency: DC~110GHz 
  • VSWR: ≤1.4 
  • Dielectric withstand voltage: 500Vrms 
  • Insulation resistance: 5000MΩ

 

1.0mm female straight PCB connector test report
1.0mm female straight PCB connector test report

Vinstronics offers a variety of high-performance Solderless Vertical Launch Connector and Solderless End Launch Connector  for single-layer or multi-layer printed circuit board applications. A variety of connector types are available for 2.92mm (40GHz), 2.4mm (50GHz), 1.85mm (67GHz), and 1.0mm (110GHz). Contact us for more RF microwave solutions!

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