Contact Systems

Rugged Contact Systems
High-Reliability • High Mating Cycles • Design Flexibility

Tiger Eye, Samtec’s most rugged contact system rated to 1,000+ mating cycles, features multiple points of contact for high-reliability in board-to-board, discrete wire and IDC cable assemblies with a variety of ruggedizing options. Rugged Edge Rate® contacts are optimized for high speeds to 56 Gbps PAM4 and designed for increased wear life. Micro Mate™ discrete wire systems offer design flexibility for cable-to-cable, cable-to-board and panel-to-board applications.

Rugged Contact Systems Brochure

Rugged Contact Systems Brochure

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Rugged Tiger Eye™ SystemsRugged Tiger Eye™ Systems

These rugged, high-reliability, high-cycle interconnects feature Samtec's Tiger Eye™ contact system.

  • High-reliability Tiger Eye™ three-finger BeCu contact system
  • Optional locking and latching systems for higher withdrawal force
  • Extended Life Product™ testing available
  • Standard and cost-saving designs

1.00 mm Pitch Micro Mate™1.00 mm Pitch Micro Mate™ Discrete Wire System

Space saving discrete wire system that supports cable-to-board, cable-to-cable and cable-to-panel applications.

  • One product family that supports cable-to-board, cable-to-cable and cable-to-panel applications
  • Extremely small form factor compared to other 28 AWG assemblies
  • Rugged single or double latching for a solid connection
  • Panel mount version fits .033" - .090" panel thickness
  • Crimp-style dual leaf contact system
  • 2 through 20 total contacts (single row)
  • 4 through 40 total contacts (double row)
  • 28 or 30 AWG wire
  • Teflon® wire available for high temp or halogen free applications
  • Extremely low profile, right-angle board mount connector/cable mate
  • Available as components or complete assemblies
  • Assembly tooling available
  • Vertical and right-angle PCB connectors
  • PVC or Teflon® cable
  • Assembly tooling available (Visit

Edge Rate®Edge Rate® Connector Strips

Rugged Edge Rate® contact systems optimized for signal integrity performance.

  • Edge Rate® contacts optimized for signal integrity performance
  • 1.5 mm contact wipe
  • Robust when "zippered" during unmating
  • Up to 56 Gbps PAM4 performance
  • 0.50 mm, 0.635 mm or 0.80 mm pitch systems
  • Stack heights from 5 mm to 18 mm
  • Extremely slim 2.5 mm body width on 0.635 mm pitch system
  • 0.50 mm pitch system for up to 40% PCB space savings vs 0.80 mm pitch system

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