Ardent Concepts, Inc., Aims to Eliminate Surface Mount Connectors with new QUICKLINK Coaxial Connector

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Outstanding AC performance to 70 GHz+, quick twist-to-lock connection, and no solder-down leave behinds will lead to immense reduction in cost and test & manufacturing time

QUICKLINK Coaxial Connector

We listened to our customers’ needs; They were faced with the expensive problem of having to access multiple high speed test points on their boards by soldering on surface mount connectors.

Ardent Concepts, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance Multi-GHz connectors used in the development and production of semiconductor applications and systems looks to upend the status quo by introducing a twist-to-lock compression mount connector that replaces cumbersome surface mount connectors that require a receptacle on the PCB. Ardent’s patented QUICKLINK Connector mounts directly to the PCB with a twist-to-lock footprint design that requires only two small thru holes and a gold pad for the connector to land on. QUICKLINK footprints can be placed anywhere on your board to allow easy access to any channels from your device without having to solder on costly SMA or SMP surface mount receptacles.

Utilizing Ardent’s patented contacts, QUICKLINK customers can expect the superior level of high AC performance and electrical repeatability they’ve come to expect from our TR Multicoax Series. With extremely low loss out to 70 GHz and beyond, QUICKLINK can meet the bandwidth requirements of industry leading applications like PAM4 signaling and Ka/Ku band applications.

The QUICKLINK's unique design doesn’t require any threading or tools like many connectors, so users will be able to reduce test and manufacturing time significantly without sacrificing connector reliability. The connector is also designed to produce an open signal if not properly connected so users don’t have to worry about skewed results from a bad connection.

“We listened to our customers’ needs; They were faced with the expensive problem of having to access multiple high speed test points on their boards by soldering on surface mount connectors. With each new board spin those connectors were discarded as a sunk cost and those costs added up. We knew we could produce a better high frequency solution that could save our customers money while adhering to our motto: Signal integrity is our passion,” said Gordon Vinther, CTO of Ardent.

About Ardent Concepts

Ardent Concepts is a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance multicoax assemblies, probes, connectors, and sockets used in the development of next generation semiconductors and electronics systems. Our core technology is the smallest, fastest, most electrically efficient compression mount connector technology worldwide. It is used to connect: integrated circuits and printed circuit boards to instrumentation and to each other offering superior signal integrity in a high speed environment. Markets for our products include: Semiconductor, Test & Measurement, Military/Aerospace, Communications and Medical.

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