28. March 2017

Robust transformer in a connector: M12 Magnetics

M12 Magnetics

Transformers in RJ45 sockets required for Ethernet have been known for a long time - but connector manufacturers have not been able to offer the market an IP65/67 protected unit consisting of socket and transformer - until now, that is. With the new M12 Magnetics, HARTING now offers just that - and it’s a world first. The M12 socket contains transformers and all the other necessary components that would otherwise have to take up space on the circuit board - and all in the same size socket as before.

Integral transformers in IP20 protected RJ45 sockets have been in industrial use for a long time now. To give customers the benefits of saving space and mutually compatible Ethernet components to miniaturise their field applications, HARTING launches the M12 Magnetics at Hannover Messe 2017 - and it’s a world first.

A device side M12 socket that stays the same size but already contains the transformer unit required for Ethernet. In the past, transformers and various other electrical components had to be accommodated next to the socket on the circuit board, but are now integrated as part of a space-saving design that also simplifies the circuit board layout. Conductor tracks can be made a lot lighter and more direct because they don’t have to be arranged around lots of different components, making planning simpler and cheaper.

Greatly increased reliability is a further benefit to our customers. In the past, sockets and transformers made by different manufacturers had to be combined, which could sometimes be problematic. The HARTING solution is a mutually compatible unit providing greater process security. With 10Gbit and max PoE+, M12 Magnetics is the ideal miniaturised interface for Power and Data.

Launch date and production scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.

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