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PCB Connector Overview

PCB Connector overview - Board to board connectors are designed to allow the connection of two printed circuit boards without cable.

This connection can be permanent in the case of "hard soldering", soldering a pin header to the PCB at both ends, this approach may be used in a ‘fit and forget' solution where no mating cycles are required.

However, in most applications the printed circuit boards are required to be connected and disconnected to simplify assembly and allow design flexibility. Pin headers (male) and socket (female) connectors are used as a pair, one mating and umating is described as a mating cycle.

Pin Header Soldered to a PCB at both sides Pin Header & Socket on each PCB
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Basic Types

Number of Rows

GCT offer headers and receptacles in single, dual, triple and quad row configurations. Single and dual row are popular choices, while triple and quadruple row are offered in a smaller number of pitch and style options.

Single In-Line (SIL)

pcb connector single row

Dual In-Line (DIL)

pcb connector dual row

Triple In-Line

pcb connector triple row

Quad In-Line

pcb connector quad row

PCB Mount Types