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Hirose: Waterproof USB Connector

September 26, 2022

Hirose has expanded its rugged, waterproof USB 2.0 Type-C connector offering to include two new variants. The new IP8X-rated CX90MW6 mid-mount and IPX4-rated CX90BW top mount connectors deliver rugged performance in a wide range of consumer, medical, industrial and automotive applications.

Rated to IPX8 and IPX4 respectively, the waterproof connectors include a front sealing gasket that prevents water penetration into the shell, while potting prevents water intrusion into the connector interior. The IPX8 rated CX90MW6 mid-mount meets the requirements for immersion in 1.5 meter of water for 30 minutes. The IPX4-rated CX90BW top mount protects from splashing water no matter the direction. Both connectors are not only resistance to liquid, but also shock and vibration.

The CX90 connectors have a right angle, SMT, single row mounting option. The CX90MW6 Series mid-mount is a screw-mount design.

With a current rating of 6A, the CX90 Series connectors combine quick USB charging with rugged performance. The small, waterproof USB 2.0 Type-C connectors support data rates up to 480 Mbps.

A symmetrical mating design allows for reversible plug insertion, ensuring easy installation. During plug insertion, a plug stopper prevents direct force applied to the insulator, preventing insulator damage. The plug stopper and welding between the shell and components also enhance the prying force.

“The latest additions to the USB connector family are well-suited for portable and consumer end-products that require quick charging and are often subjected to fluids and drop impacts,” said Mark Kojak, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations for Hirose Electric USA.

The CX90MW6 mid-mount connector has a width of only 15.92 mm, depth of 7.73 mm and height of 4.11 mm with the gasket. The CX90BW top mount connector has a width of only 10.50 mm, depth of 6.30 mm and height of 3.82 mm with the gasket.

The CX90 Series waterproof connectors are commonly used in digital cameras, eBooks, GPSX, IoT, laptops, MP3 players, medical devices, portable storage devices, smart phones, tablets, wearables, vehicle infotainment systems and more.


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