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Autonomous Driving: Mobility of the Future with the Zero8 Connector

A few years ago, it was a scenario from science fiction movies, but now it is becoming reality. Self-driving vehicles are not only revolutionizing the entire automotive industry, they are also presenting technology companies with new challenges.

Requirements of autonomous driving for the connectors of the future

Vehicles that were once entirely mechanical are now modern high-performance computers with highly complex technology.
Multiple sensor systems are the prerequisite for vehicles to detect external circumstances such as road conditions, other vehicles, or unexpected obstacles.
Passenger safety has the highest priority in the car. For this reason, intelligent high-performance computers cannot experience any malfunctions or even failures at any time, placing the highest demands on the connectors of the future.
  • Highspeed data transfer rates
  • EMC protection
  • Robust and fail-safe
  • High tolerance compensation

Zero8: State-of-the-art board-to-board connectors for autonomous driving

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We are developing a connector series with our Zero8 product family that meets the high demands of autonomous driving.

The double-sided, robust ScaleX technology offers contacts that are particularly reliable and can withstand even continuous stresses such as shocks and vibrations. At the same time, the board-to-board connector offers full flexibility due to the scalability of the board-to-board connectors and ensures a high tolerance compensation both during installation and when mated.

For more information on the Zero8 product family, click here.

Connectors for autonomous driving:

Zero8, shielded version, stack height 11.5 mm, 80-pin

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The double-sided, shielded, 80-pin Zero8 connector with a stack height of 11.5 mm is used since the installation density in high-performance computers of autonomous driving is enormous, involving a high risk of mutual electromagnetic interference occurring. Its excellent EMC shielding protects the highspeed signals in the high-performance computer even under shock and vibration, and its robust contact system and high tolerance compensation completely eliminate the possibility of interference or even failure. What’s more, with the ScaleX technology, it is virtually impossible to incorrectly operate and thus destroy the connector during the plugging process.

ept is a flexible partner for High-Performance Computing in autonomous driving

We support our customers in the development and execution of tomorrow’s mobility solutions with individual tests and specific inspections. Our qualified engineers contribute not only their wealth of experience in the automotive field, but they also have been involved in the development of connectors for embedded systems from the field of data communication for decades. This means that ept combines long-established knowledge with cross-industry expertise and is the perfect partner for the connection technology in high-performance computers for autonomous driving.
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