Molex has introduced 4.3-10 RF Connector System and Cable Assemblies that offer high-performance signal transmission with low passive intermodulation (PIM), 100 percent data traceability and less torque than current interfaces. The solutions include a connector that is 30 percent smaller and 60 percent lighter than DIN 7/16 and a cable assembly with a one-piece, patent-pending weatherproof boot ideal for use on outdoor cellular sites.

“These complete solutions meet the performance needs of next-generation mobile network equipment including base station antennas, network radio and signal optimization equipment,” said Darren Schauer, global product manager, Molex. “The evolving demand on bandwidth and cellular radio sensitivity has put greater demands on the transmission of RF signals from the cellular antenna to the remote radio head. At the same time, connector size and weight restrictions have become more stringent.”

Telecom OEMs and wireless service providers require coaxial jumpers in varying lengths and with various connector interfaces. Molex’s custom, factory-fabricated coaxial cable assemblies eliminate a vendor as well as the need for customers to assemble the solution themselves. Three mating options are available for right-angle and vertical plugs: hand tight, quick lock and wrench tight. These provide design flexibility without compromising electrical performance, while the smaller connector size decreases operational costs by reducing tower loading.

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