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Molex is now a licensed second source for Radiall SMP-MAX board-to-board coaxial connectors. As a second source, Molex will manufacture and market the connectors. To date, there are no other manufacturing companies offering customers an alternative where they can purchase their preferred large misalignment connectors.

The SMP-MAX connector line offers a SMP interface with the largest misalignment tolerances in the industry, making it simpler and more reliable to make connections even in blind-mate applications. They address the most demanding wireless telecom applications required for the new generation of infrastructure compact equipment such as base stations or handheld devices. 

New SMP-MAX features a patented impedance-matching insulator that is optimized for a larger operating gap between connectors, making it capable of handling a maximum board-to-board tilt (radial travel) of 3 degrees, and up to at least 0.078" (2 mm) of distance (axial) misalignment without a spring—which is 300 percent more than the standard SMP. The connectors have an operating frequency range of DC-6 GHz, a 1.2 max VSWR guaranteed up to 3 GHz, and power handling of up to 300 watts at 2.7 GHz.

“We are pleased to welcome Molex as a second source for SMP-MAX large misalignment connectors,” says Nicolas Dupuy, manager of RF Business Development at Radiall. “The innovative  interface is already being designed into numerous telecom , industrial and defense projects, and Molex is a perfect fit to spread what will undoubtedly become a RF board-to-board standard."


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