When you were a child, did you enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together? If you did, you are familiar with the idea of module design. Modular design uses a series of parts to create a complex unit. It’s often used in the furniture and electronics. One example of its’ use in electronics is in modular connectors.
When it comes to the world of connectors, the context of modular design manifests itself in a family of products that can be customized to meet the unique demands of the consumer. These customizations can include custom parameters, specs, and yes…limitations.
There are 4 main types of modular connectors. Let’s review them.
- Fixed envelope (factory-assembled)
- Fixed envelope (user-assembled)
- Expandable envelope (factory-assembled)
- Expandable envelope (user-assembled)
Modular connectors allow design engineers (and novices alike) to attain an ideal set of specs, including size, weight, and power combinations by assembling these components to their individual tastes, preferences, and needs. That makes them both incredibly effective and versatile.
Are you curious about the history of this unique adaptation in the world of power connectors? Then it may interest you to know that modular connectors were first developed and then patented by
Modular connectors were originally developed and patented by Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1975. This was a welcomed development in the world of technology, as they replaced screw terminals and 3-4 pin telephone jacks in commercial and residential buildings.