When it comes to wire to board connections, customers are presented with myriad options. So, why are flat flexible cables and connectors preferable to wire to board solutions, such as IDC/IDT or discrete wire types? In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of flat flexible cables (FFC) and flexible printed circuit (FPC) solutions over traditional wire to board connectors.
The first key advantage of FFC/FPC solutions is simple: their overall cost is much lower. However, there are multiple other advantages presented by the use of these connectors. The first of which is the connector profile and footprint. When compared to other solutions, FFC/FPC connectors tend to offer a lower height profile and smaller PCB (printed circuit board) footprint. This also makes them lighter weight and more simple for operators to use. The vast majority of FFC/FPC connectors are ZIF, or Zero Insertion Force. This means that, during assembly, there is no force exerted on the cable contacts. This results in a convenient assembly process without the possibility of contacts being damaged. The locking actuator holds the cable in place, which is especially beneficial in applications where the connection could be subject to shock and significant vibration.
A second advantage presented by FFC/FPC is that they can be pre-formed and tailored to your exact specifications. They can be a single fold or feature multiple complex folds, custom-designed to fit your needs. If required, cables can also be supplied with labels, sticky tape, and insulators.
The final advantage of FFC/FPC connectors is that they can be used in both traditional and modern applications. They are typically favored in applications where mechanical flexibility is of great importance, such as scanners, photocopiers, and display devices. Standard wire cable assemblies would fail in these applications, while FFC is designed to be flexed thousands of times without damage to the cable or connector. For these reasons and more, FFC connectors are used in countless modern applications where cost-effective PCB linking is required.
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