AVX’s New Single-Piece, Bottom Entry, Card Edge Connector Solves Space, Cost, Process, and Reliability Issues in Edison

  AVX’s New Single-Piece, Bottom Entry, Card Edge Connector Solves Space,
  Cost, Process, and Reliability Issues in Edison-Replacement LED Bulbs

 High-performance board-to-board connector system eliminates labor-intensive
             hand soldering of wires on PCBs in SSL applications

Business Wire

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- December 13, 2012

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect
solutions, has developed a new high-performance, bottom entry, board-to-board,
card edge connector system designed for use in Edison-replacement LED bulb
assemblies. Providing significant cost and process improvements over existing
products and termination methods, AVX’s new 9159-500 surface mount, bottom
entry, card edge connector allows a perpendicular PCB to be mated to a
top-mounted main FR4 or metal core PCB from the bottom side using standard
pick and place equipment and reflow soldering. Consequently, the new 9159
Series card edge connector provides a single-piece volume production solution
that eliminates the labor-intensive process of hand soldering wires to the top
side of the PCB in LED replacement bulbs.

“AVX developed its new 9159 Series bottom entry, card edge connector in
response to the steady growth of the LED replacement bulb market and, in
particular, the popularity of Edison-replacement LED bulbs,” said Tom
Anderson, product manager at AVX. “Edison-replacement bulbs pose several
electronic design challenges with regards to space, cost, and reliability, but
this latest addition to the 9159 connector series satisfies all of these
application challenges by providing both high performance and high reliability
in a compact, cost-effective design.”

AVX’s new 9159-500 single-piece, bottom entry, board-to-board connector is
available in a range of 2-6 positions, which allows for increased
functionality in application designs, such as color control or specific line
control. For example, white bulbs only require two connections, while
architectural bulbs require two connections for power and ground in addition
to four control lines to support red, green, blue, and white coloring.
Featuring dual PCB slot widths, the bottom entry, card edge connector is also
compatible with both 0.8mm and 1.6mm PCBs, which provides design engineers
with increased flexibility regarding PCB layout and selection. The connector
is also available with or without a safety cap, which can be supplied either
preassembled or separately, and features an extremely low-profile
through-board height (1.00mm with the cap and 0.6mm without) to avoid
interfering with light output.

Rated for 10 mating cycles, 2A per contact, 250VAC/DC, and use in temperatures
ranging from -40°C to +120°C, the 2mm pitch connector provides high
performance in a compact design, as well as facilitates fast assembly and
board removal. Featuring gold-plated beryllium-copper (BeCu) spring contacts,
the connector also provides long-term reliability, substantial insertion force
tolerance, and maximum mating travel to absorb common manufacturing

Fully insulated with halogen-free material, AVX’s 9159-500 bottom entry, card
edge connector features UL1977 approval, as well as meets the UL94 V-0
flammability standard.

Advantages over competitive surface mount, bottom entry, board-to-board, card
edge connectors designed for use in solid-state lighting applications include:
multiple position offerings, nearly twice the position density, twice the
current capacity, a higher voltage rating, compatibility with two PCB
thicknesses, a higher maximum operating temperature, better electrical
characteristics, superior contacts, an optional versus integrated cap for
reduced height, 33% less height above the PCB, 20% less board space, and
larger assembly tolerances.

Although targeted at the LED bulb and spotlight markets, AVX’s new 9159-500
single-piece, surface mount, bottom entry, card edge connector can also be
used for rear connections on strip PCBs in addition to several other
application that require rear plug-ins.

For more information, please visit www.avx.com, call 864-967-2150, or write to
One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.

About AVX

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive
components and interconnect solutions with 24 manufacturing and customer
support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range
of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit
protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New
York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).


AVX Corporation
Tom Anderson, 843-241-2179
Product Manager
BtB Marketing
Christine Stieglitz, 919-872-8172
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