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(Sep '16) Hirose, HARTING Team Up on 10 Gbit Ethernet Connector Standard

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Miniaturized connection technology system for 10 Gbit ethernet

Interconnection component suppliers Hirose Electric Co., Ltd., based in Tokyo, and HARTING Electronics GmbH, Espelkamp Germany, have reached an agreement on the joint development, product standardization and marketing of a miniaturized connection technology system for 10 Gbit ethernet. The technology will overcome the limitations of RJ45, which is not ideally suited for industrial environments and could only be deployed with certain modifications.

In light of this situation, HARTING developed reportedly the world’s first industry-compatible field attachable RJ45. The miniaturization of components and interfaces in connection technology has become a key factor in global digitalization through the Internet of Things and Services.

“As a form of the Internet of Things, there is one thing that ‘Industry 4.0’ requires above all else: an ethernet connection to each and every ‘Industry 4.0’ component,” said Philip Harting, Chairman of the Board at the HARTING Technology Group, in a statement. “The standardization and international norms for new high-performance components and infrastructure is an essential requirement for market success and provides planning security.”

Hirose Electric is known for offering miniature connector solutions for small handheld devices, including mobile phones, tablets and cameras, and has contributed to the miniaturization and the high-speed communication of electronic devices. This includes interface connectors such as micro-USB (USB 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1), which were originally developed by HIROSE.

To meet the challenging market demand for global digitalization, both partners have developed a miniaturized and robust ethernet interface for high-speed data transmission rates to set a new standard for "Industry 4.0" applications.

“Our customers benefit from the bundled expertise of two technology leaders, on one hand, and global presence and customer proximity on the other,” said Hirose President, Kazunori Ishii, in a statement.

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