What are the connectors used in a coaxial cable?

Coaxial cable connectors are utilized to connect cables to other devices and are especially created to preserve the shielding on the cable. High-quality connectors offer strong, long-lasting connections.

There are two different connector types; male and female. Male connectors have a protruding metal pin in the middle, in contrast to female connectors that have a receptacle to receive that pin. Based on the connector frequency and size, some could be sexless and mounted flush instead of mating.

Within video, audio, digital, RF, and microwave industrial sectors, there are numerous types of coaxial wire connector types. Each provides unique advantages depending on the end-use or application. Below are some of the most popular coax connector types, along with their characteristic features and intended applications.

What are the connectors used in a coaxial cable?

Types of Coaxial Connectors

BNC:  Initially produced for military employment, the Bayonet Neil-Concelman (BNC) coax connector is a miniature-to-subminiature radio frequency connector utilized for fast connect/disconnect in RF devices, test instruments, radio, television, and video signal. BNC connectors include two bayonet lugs for a twisting interface on the female connector and are best suited for frequencies below 4GHz, as connectors lose mechanical stability as they get closer to 10 GHz.

TNC: The Threaded Neil-Concelman is the threaded variation of a BNC connector, that works much better microwave frequencies than BNC connectors. TNC Connectors are weatherproof, tiny units that operate up to 12 GHz and are usually utilized in cellular phone and RF/antenna connections to resolve leakage and stability problems.

SMB: Subminiature edition B connectors are smaller sized versions of SMA connectors and give a better electrical performance from DC to 4 GHz. SMB connectors are one of the most common RF/microwave connectors versions for industrial and telecommunications equipment and provide a simple snap-on coupling design for semi-rigid cables with infrequent connections.

7/16 DIN: The 7/16 DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung) connector is a threaded radio frequency connector for high-wattage transmissions in cellular networks, antenna systems with several transmitters, and defense applications. It can be utilized at up to 7.5 GHz and needs a wrench for tightening. The connector’s name refers to the 7-millimeters inner diameter of the female inner contact and the 16-mm inner diameter of the overall outer contact.

QMA: QMA connectors are the quick-lock and quick-disconnect variant of SubMiniature version A connectors and have the same inner structure. Providing faster and safer coupling best performance in RF connections, QMA connectors are excellent for communications and industrial purposes, as well as cable wiring, assembly, and repair.

MCX: Micro coax connectors are small-form-factor connectors that are perfect for applications with space, size, or weight limitations.

RCA: The Radio Corporation of America connector, commonly known as a cinch connector, was Initially created for audio signal transmission but is now generally used in the video, as well.  Sometimes called A/V jacks, these cables are usually identified as the red, white, and yellow cords that plug into the back of television sets. Each of these wires features a male connector surrounded by a ring.

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