Edge Connectors

An edge connector or card edge connector is a female socket which mates directly with the edge part of single or double-sided PCB (Printed Circuit Board). The edge of the PCB has metallic tracks on it that engage with the contacts in the socket to provide an external electrical connection. In this way, the edge of the PCB acts as a male connector. The connector is held in place by the friction between the board and the socket


Features of an Edge Connector



  • Housings: The female edge connector consists of a plastic housing which has an opening on one side into which the edge of the PCB is inserted. Edge connector socket housings are often keyed to ensure that they are used the right way up preventing assembly error. Notches or bumps on the housing help to prevent an incorrect device from being inserted

  • Contacts: Inside the edge connector housing are contacts which connect with the metal traces on the edge of the PCB on insertion. The contacts are made of metal with a thin metallic plating that improves conductivity and prevents rust and corrosion

  • Termination Types: Edge connectors with IDC contacts can be terminated directly onto ribbon cable. Edge connectors with pins are soldered onto a PCB.

Variations


Edge connectors vary in terms of the following:



  • Rows: Edge connectors are available with one or 2 rows of contacts
  • Pitch: Edge connectors are available with a range of contact pitches
  • Number of Contacts: Edge connectors are available with different numbers of contacts
  • Orientation: Edge connectors are available with a vertical or right angle mounting orientation.

Where are edge connectors used?


Edge connectors are commonly used in personal computers for connecting expansion cards or daughtercards and computer memory to the motherboard. These expansion cards include PCI, PCI Express and AGP cards


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RS Stock No. 471-266
BrandRS PRO
SGD19.97
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Right Angle Female to Female 20 2 2.54mm Edge Mount - Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 1A - 350 V Glass Fibre Reinforced PET -
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Mfr. Part No.MM70-314-310B2-1-R500
BrandJAE
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Straight Female 314 - 0.5mm Surface Mount - Gold over Nickel Copper Alloy 500mA Yes - - MM70
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BrandSullins
SGD73.563
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Straight Female 50 2 2.54mm Side Mount Solder Gold over Nickel Beryllium Copper 30A Yes 600 V dc PPS -
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Mfr. Part No.7-5530843-5
SGD2.725
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Straight Female 12 2 2.54mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 3A - 400 V ac PET -
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Mfr. Part No.7-5530843-5
SGD3.27
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Straight Female 12 2 2.54mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 3A - 400 V ac PET -
RS Stock No. 901-2046
Mfr. Part No.MEC6-150-02-L-D-RA1
BrandSamtec
SGD15.70
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Right Angle Female 100 2 0.635mm Surface Mount Solder Gold over Nickel, Tin over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 1.7A - 195 V ac Liquid Crystal Polymer MEC6-RA
RS Stock No. 864-3355
Mfr. Part No.1479305-1
SGD7.874
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Straight Male - 1 - Surface Mount Screw Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze - - - ABS -
RS Stock No. 767-6926
Mfr. Part No.MEC1-160-02-L-D-A
BrandSamtec
SGD13.92
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Straight Female 120 2 1mm Surface Mount Solder Gold over Nickel Beryllium Copper 2A - 300 V ac Liquid Crystal Polymer MEC1
RS Stock No. 162-1982
Mfr. Part No.10018783-10113TLF
SGD1.73
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Straight Female 164 2 2mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Copper Alloy - - - Nylon -
RS Stock No. 615-9530
Mfr. Part No.10018783-10113TLF
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Straight Female 164 2 2mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Copper Alloy - - - Nylon -
RS Stock No. 901-2080
Mfr. Part No.MEC8-150-02-L-D-RA1
BrandSamtec
SGD14.02
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Right Angle Female 100 2 0.8mm Edge Mount Solder Gold over Nickel, Tin over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 2A - 265 V ac Liquid Crystal Polymer MEC8-RA
RS Stock No. 681-2161
Mfr. Part No.5145154-4
SGD6.04
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Straight Female 120 2 1.27mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 1A - 203 V ac Thermoplastic -
RS Stock No. 165-0653
Mfr. Part No.5530843-3
SGD2.705
Each (In a Box of 540)
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Straight Female 36 2 2.54mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 3A - 1 kV ac PET Standard Edge II
RS Stock No. 165-0621
Mfr. Part No.5145154-4
SGD5.30
Each (In a Box of 210)
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Straight Female 120 2 1.27mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 1A - 203 V ac Thermoplastic -
RS Stock No. 864-3526
Mfr. Part No.5645235-4
SGD2.972
Each (In a Pack of 540)
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Straight Female 18 (Dual) 2 2.54mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 3A - 400 V ac Glass Filled Polyester Standard Edge II
RS Stock No. 901-2140
Mfr. Part No.MECF-20-02-L-DV-WT
BrandSamtec
SGD7.65
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Straight Female 40 2 1.27mm Surface Mount Solder Gold over Nickel, Tin over Nickel Beryllium Copper 3.5A Yes 280 V ac Liquid Crystal Polymer MECF
RS Stock No. 681-2238
Mfr. Part No.5530843-3
SGD3.82
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Straight Female 36 2 2.54mm Through Hole Solder Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 3A - 1 kV ac PET Standard Edge II
RS Stock No. 483-865
Mfr. Part No.BA000070000E000
BrandCinch
SGD12.65
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Straight - 18 2 3.96mm - Solder Gold over Nickel Brass 5A Yes - Glass Fibre Reinforced PET -
RS Stock No. 860-2607
Mfr. Part No.89898-326LF
SGD11.03
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Straight Female 52 2 2.54mm Surface Mount Solder Gold over Nickel Phosphor Bronze 2 (Load) A, 3 A - 1 kV ac Glass Filled Thermoplastic -
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Straight Male 164 2 1mm PCB Mount Solder Gold Copper Alloy 1.1A - 50 V ac Thermoplastic 187 Series
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