Farnell signs EDAC Clipzin Connectors for Raspberry Pi 

Manufactured by EDAC and designed by OpenLX, the Clipzin range of connectors is intended for the Raspberry Pi Pico and PicoW, and Arduino Connect modules. An exclusive deal with the manufacturer and Farnell has been signed. In addition to the modules listed, more options are to follow, said Farnell.

The Clipzin edge connector eases manufacturing and facilitates modularisation, encouraging sustainability by promoting easy in-service upgrades and reusability, said Farnell. It allows customers to produce one design that can be customised and to offer variants, reducing design time and the need to stock many versions.

Clipzin enables rapid connection and disconnection of sensor, communication and compute modules, such as Raspberry Pi’s new Pico. The retention clip is designed for prototyping to production use. It ensures that modules will not shake free after assembly or in service, yet allows PCBs to be easily swapped later if required.

Prior to Clipzin, modules like PicoW required users to solder through-hole connectors to the PicoW as well as fitting a connector to their PCB. Clipzi™ requires only a surface mount connector to be fitted to one PCB, greatly improving production efficiency, advised Farnell.

The range of Clipzin connectors is available in a 20 way model with six, eight and 17 way models coming soon. They are designed to semi-permanently mount one PCB to another and are suitable for surface mount soldering for production efficiency.

Assembly is tool-less, with a positive, confirming click. 

The connector is gold plated for reliability.

Romain Soreau, head of single board computing at Farnell, says, “Clipzin . . . provides a new, solderless way of mounting the Raspberry Pi Pico to another PCB, which allows interchange between Pico models”. 

Dr Andrew Robinson, engineering director at OpenLX added, “With PiFace and CodeBug, we have a strong history of bringing innovative products to market with Farnell. Combined with EDAC’s years of experience it’s a fantastic partnership to develop a new connector that makes it easier for people to use and reuse the growing range of modules such as Raspberry Pi PicoW. Clipzin unlocks the efficiencies of surface mount manufacturing, over the cost and complexity of through hole assembly of existing header-pin solutions.”

The Clipzin PCB connectors from EDAC, OpenLX are now available from stock at Farnell in EMEA, and element14 in APAC.


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