Intelliconnect manufactures connectors for cochlear ear implants
Among the RF and waterproof connectors available from Intelliconnect for diagnostic, treatment and wearable medical device technologies, the company manufactures micro-miniature waterproof coaxial connectors for use in cochlear ear implants.
This very demanding application requires a rugged and reliable quick-disconnect waterproof connector capable of making several thousand disconnects during its product lifetime. The Intelliconnect design meets IP68, is comfortable to wear close to the skin and may be used in normal domestic environments including swimming pools, showers, baths and high humidity environments such as saunas and steam rooms, says the company.
In addition to standard coaxial and tri-axial types, Intelliconnect provides a fast turnaround custom design service for non-standard medical connector requirements. There are no non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs to customers and low minimum order quantities.
Intelliconnect products in medical systems include connectors for RF cancer treatment, radiation dosimeters and detectors, bio-medical test equipment and bionics.
Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments;” Increasing use of wearable medical electronics such as cochlear ear implants and monitoring equipment and the growth of RF treatments continues to provide us with new design-in opportunities. Our wide range of standard products and ability to produce custom connectors cost effectively and quickly, typically in just seven weeks from confirmation of design, ensures our customers can a get no-compromise connector solution at a very competitive price.”
Standard products available from Intelliconnect for medical applications include the TRB and TRT tri-axial connector series designed primarily to reduce noise levels in systems while providing an isolated ground. The TRB series has a bayonet locking mechanism as designed on the BNC series while the TRT series has a 7/16-28 thread coupling mechanism as designed on the TNC series. Both the TRB and TRT series are non-constant impedance and incorporate a third conductor. These two products feature a state-of-the-art clamping construction and weatherproof sealing features which ensure excellent termination to various twin axial and tri-axial cables.
The waterproof ABMS micro miniature size connector series is similar to, and offers the same weight and space benefits of, the standard MCX connector series. The ABMS connector is a more rugged design, rated to 3,000 mating cycles and waterproof to IP68. It offers a quick snap-on locking mechanism and is used with small, semi-rigid and flexible cables. These connectors can also accommodate various PCB, surface, edge, press fit and bulkhead mounting configurations.
All Intelliconnect RF connectors are designed in accordance with US MIL-STD-348 and US MIL-PRF and have an operating temperature range of -65 to +165 degrees C and the ABMS series is waterproof to IP67/68.