Molex Debuts MX-DaSH Data-Signal Hybrid Automotive Connector, photo appearing in an article on Electronics Industry Monthly.

Molex Debuts MX-DaSH Data-Signal Hybrid Automotive Connectors

Cables and Connectors

Molex has announced the global market introduction of its MX-DaSH data-signal hybrid connector family. These wire-to-wire and wire-to-board connectors represent a significant technological advancement in automotive connectivity solutions.

Molex Debuts MX-DaSH Data-Signal Hybrid Automotive Connector, photo appearing in an article on Electronics Industry Monthly.
New MX-DaSH Data-Signal Hybrid Automotive Connectors from Molex.

New MX-DaSH connectors are meticulously engineered to support various emerging automotive technologies, from autonomous driving modules to high-resolution displays. They consolidate power, signal, and high-speed data connectivity into a single, compact system, facilitating the transition to zonal architecture in modern automotive applications.

Available in sealed and unsealed options, MX-DaSH connectors offer versatile configurations to meet diverse environmental and design requirements. They support various terminal sizes and types, including 0.50, 0.64, 1.20, 1.50, 2.80, or 4.80mm, alongside high-speed FAKRA Mini (HFM®) modules for seamless high-speed data transmission.

To ensure reliability, MX-DaSH connectors feature industry-leading male blade stabilization and independent secondary locks for robust terminal mating. Additionally, they empower automotive engineers to accommodate a mix of devices and sensors with different network requirements by offering modular sections or cartridges in the wire-to-board option that support various interfaces without changing form factors or footprints.

With the new MX-DaSH family, automotive OEMs and their suppliers can better meet escalating demands for more compact, hybrid connectivity to support a multitude of automotive applications. For example, MX-DaSH makes it possible to reduce the number of inline, wire-to-board connectors required for an instrument panel and body control harness from eight to two while removing up to six meters of copper wiring, depending on the specific vehicle model.

In addition, multiple options in this connector system encompass a variety of wire-to-wire applications. For instance, the 31+1-Way connector system combines 31 power and ground circuits and high-speed data connection to decrease packaging requirements by up to 30%. With added functionality built into every MX-DaSH connector, considerable time savings can be realized through streamlined harness installations. Fewer component requirements also offer increased opportunities to further reduce BOMs. Additionally, MX-DaSH connectors have been designed for automated harness assembly to decrease cycle times and elevate overall manufacturing process efficiency and quality.

“The complete MX-DaSH portfolio enables automotive designers to reimagine vehicle electronics by integrating power and high-speed data transmissions within a single connector system to achieve major savings in size, space, cost and labor,” said Greg Everly, director, new product introduction for Molex, Transportation Innovative Solutions (TIS). “Our holistic approach lets designers mix and match different types of terminals, offering greater freedom and flexibility to support zonal architectures and simplify wiring harnesses.”

Typical applications for MX-DaSH connectors can be found in autonomous driving modules, camera systems, GPS and infotainment devices, LiDAR, high-resolution displays, sensor-device connectivity, and other automotive electronics applications. For more information about MX-DaSH connectors and other Molex products, please click here.

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