Molex Gives Mobile Device Manufacturers More Design Freedom with New mmWave 5G25 RF Connector Series


According to Molex’s recent global survey, The Future of Mobile Devices, 82% of respondents believe consumers will see substantial benefits of 5G in their smartphones within five years or sooner. Survey respondents ranked ultra-fast 5G (eg, mmWave) as the main technology to disrupt the manufacturing of consumer smart mobile devices. Molex is a leading provider of advanced 5G RF board-to-board connectors, bolstered by its legacy of innovation and collaboration with leading developers of RF antenna modules and mobile devices.

Small size ideal for 5G mmWave applications
The Molex 5G25 Flex-to-Board RF connector series supports high-speed data transmission in a space-saving solution that provides additional protection against harsh environmental conditions. Featuring a signal pitch of 0.35mm, a mated body height of only 0.6mm, as well as a short body width of 2.5mm and a length of 3.6 mm, the compact size of the 5G25 provides high printed circuit board (PWB) design flexibility. Additionally, the 5G25 allows designers of RF antenna modules and mobile devices to combine RF and non-RF signals, reducing the need for additional connectors while producing additional space and cost savings.

Industry-leading signal integrity performance
The 5G25 features a full electromagnetic interference (EMI) shield, encompassing both the RF terminal shield and the full connector shield to ensure superior signal integrity. By using a center shield contact with socket and plug, each row can be isolated to improve the overall stability of signal integrity. Additionally, Molex’s fully shielded design provides the best far-field gain performance, which is ideal for connecting 5G antennas to the rest of the transceiver.

Designed for quick and reliable assembly
Molex’s 5G25 series of Flex-to-Board RF connectors facilitate quick and hassle-free assembly with excellent “click feel” to avoid mismatching errors. In addition, the ultra-compact connectors feature robust peel strength to increase reliability and minimize the load on assembly operators or automatic assembly machines.

Global collaboration drives innovation
Molex accelerated the development of 5G25 by bringing together a global team of experts in RF, antennas and broadband communication to balance critical electrical, mechanical and environmental requirements. Engineers based in the United States and Japan worked with a global manufacturer of RF antenna modules on advanced concept development, simulation and testing, as well as rapid design iterations. Using Molex’s internal 5G test chamber helped the team achieve peak signal integrity performance to finalize the design concept in two weeks.

Fueled by its customer focus, Molex quickly designed and delivered working prototypes within months, an impressive achievement given the rigorous mechanical integrity and signal performance required to meet application specifications. As a trusted advisor to a major smartphone maker, Molex then refined the connector to meet specific customer needs while increasing manufacturing volume to produce five million connectors per month. Global collaboration and early customer engagement have been found to be key to accelerating innovative 5G go-to-market strategies.

Molex Consumer and Commercial Solutions
Molex’s legacy of providing mission-critical connections spans the entire mobile device ecosystem with proven expertise in 5G, mmWave, RF, signal integrity, antenna, power, camera and technologies. screen. Precision, volume manufacturing and miniaturization enable Molex to meet dynamic market demands while providing leading mobile device manufacturers and their suppliers with the smallest, densest and most advanced connectors available today.

About Molex
Molex is a global electronics leader committed to making the world a better, more connected place. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex enables transformative technological innovation in the automotive, data center, industrial automation, healthcare, 5G, cloud and consumer devices industries. Through trusted relationships with customers and industry, unmatched technical expertise, and product quality and reliability, Molex realizes the endless potential of Bond for life. For more information, visit

SOURCE Molex Incorporated

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