Panasonic Will Mass Produce New Board To FPC Connectors

       In recent years, with the ever-changing regulations of European and Japanese automotive LED lights, the use of daytime running lights has gradually increased, and the design of automobile dashboards has been increasingly updated. Demand for automotive flexible circuit boards (FPCs) is expected to increase and will be more widely used in cable connection applications such as battery management systems (BMS).

      According to foreign media reports, Panasonic announced that it will comprehensively mass-produce "board-to-FPC connectors." The new connectors are unique in construction, use less components, make assembly easier, and make room for improvements in automotive LED lights and other similar applications. At the same time, it can reduce the weight of the vehicle and reduce fuel consumption.

      Panasonic's new motherboard has the following features of the FPC connector:

      The unique metal terminal connection allows the FPC to be directly connected to the substrate without the need for a main harness, reducing the number of components used and simplifying the assembly process.

      Automotive connectors need to meet stringent vibration standards. The Panasonic connector's double-clip contact structure provides excellent vibration resistance, making it compatible with automotive applications such as LED lights and BMS. The connector can also be used in flexible circuit boards (FPCs), battery packs and panels connected to battery management systems (BMS), and shock-proof LED lights.

      The connector is a two-piece type consisting of a plug (FPC side) and a socket (board side) for easy connection. In addition, the connector uses an inertial locking structure to prevent the socket and plug from fully engaging during assembly, improving product reliability.

      According to Matsushita, the new connector is suitable for daytime headlights, taillights, rear-view mirrors, instrument panels, shifters, steering switches, BMS, cameras and more.