Favorite board connectors

The Lucky Resistor blog writes:

In most of my last projects, I used nice miniature connectors from TE. This is, again, no sponsored post. If you ever evaluated connectors, you may know how overwhelming the range of products is. I like to introduce these connectors to you, in the hope you find them as useful as I do.

In this project, I had to connect 10 traces between two boards. There was very little space and after several design iterations, I found the Micro-MaTch connectors from TE.

They take very little space on the board which simplifies the routing and allowing very compact boards. Also, because they use SMD pads, all other layers below can be used for routing or components.

Requirements:

  • The connector has to be hand-solderable.
  • There has to be an SMD variant of the connector.
  • I like to have a male connector on the board side, to prevent accidental shorts if it gets in contact with a wire or metal part.
  • I like to assemble the connector by hand, without an expensive tool.
  • They have to be cheap, less than $1 per connection, even in small quantities.

See the post for how things turned out.


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