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Female Headers

Female header connectors, also known as socket pin headers or female Berg strips, are essential components in electronics. They come in various pitches ranging from 1.0 mm to 2.54 mm (0.039 inches to 0.1 inches) and configurations including single, dual, triple, and four rows. These connectors facilitate flexible board-to-board and board-to-component connections in a wide range of applications, from consumer electronics to industrial automation and embedded systems. They support different installation methods such as straight (vertical), right-angle, SMD (Surface Mount Device), and through hole, catering to diverse assembly requirements. Female header connectors play a crucial role in enabling modular designs and ensuring reliable electrical connections in modern electronic assemblies.

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Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.0mm (.039″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.0mm (.039″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.0mm (.039″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Right-angle (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

1.0mm Right-angle Female header

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.0mm (.039″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Right-angle (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.0mm (.039″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Surface-Mount
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.0mm (.039″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Surface-Mount
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.27mm (.050″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

1.27mm Vertical (Through hole) Female header

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.27mm (.050″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.27mm (.050″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Right-angle (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.27mm (.050″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Right-angle (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.27mm (.050″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Surface Mount
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 1.27mm (.050″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Surface Mount
Insulator height: 2.0mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.0mm (.079″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 4.3mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.0mm (.079″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 4.3mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.0mm (.079″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Right-angle (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 4.3mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.0mm (.079″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Right-angle (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 4.3mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.0mm (.079″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Surface-Mount
Insulator height: 4.3mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.0mm (.079″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Surface-Mount
Insulator height: 4.3mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

2.54mm Vertical Through Hole Triple Row Female Header

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: Triple
Circuits: 2 – 120 pins
Version: Vertical (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Right-angle (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Right-angle (Dip) Through hole
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Surface-Mount
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Surface-Mount
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

2.54mm U-Shaped Single Row Female Header

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: Single
Circuits: 2 – 40 pins
Version: Through hole
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

2.54mm U-Shaped Dual Row Female Header

Gender: Female
Pitch: 2.54mm (.100″) inch pitch
Row: Dual
Circuits: 2 – 80 pins
Version: Through hole
Insulator height: 8.5mm or customizable
Pin lengths: customizable

Female Header Connectors: Versatility and Applications

Female header connectors, also known as socket pin headers or female Berg strips, are essential components in electronic assemblies, offering a variety of configurations to suit diverse application needs. They are characterized by pitch sizes ranging from 1.0 mm (0.039 inches) to 2.54 mm (0.1 inches) and are available in single, dual, triple, and even four-row configurations. This flexibility allows designers to choose the right connector based on the density and functionality requirements of their circuit boards.

Pitch Sizes and Configurations

Female header connectors are manufactured with different pitch sizes:

  • 1.0 mm (0.039 inches) Pitch: Suitable for applications requiring high-density connections in compact spaces.
  • 1.27 mm (0.05 inches) Pitch: Offers a balance between compactness and ease of soldering.
  • 2.0 mm (0.079 inches) Pitch: Provides a slightly larger footprint, allowing for more robust connections.
  • 2.54 mm (0.1 inches) Pitch: Commonly referred to as “standard” pitch, ideal for general-purpose applications where versatility is key.

The pitch size directly influences the connector’s footprint on the PCB and the density of connections it can accommodate. Engineers carefully select the pitch size based on the specific requirements of the circuit design.

Row Configurations

Female headers come in various row configurations:

  • Single Row: Basic configuration for straightforward connections.
  • Dual Row: Doubles the number of pins in the same footprint, suitable for applications requiring higher pin count.
  • Triple Row and Four Row: Designed for even higher pin counts, catering to complex and densely packed circuitry.

Each row configuration offers increased pin density, enabling designers to maximize PCB real estate efficiently.

Installation Methods

Female headers support different installation methods:

  • Straight (Vertical): Pins perpendicular to the PCB surface, ideal for traditional through-hole mounting.
  • Right-Angle: Pins extend horizontally, suitable for applications where vertical space is limited or where components need to be mounted at right angles.
  • SMD (Surface Mount Device): Designed for automated assembly processes, where components are mounted directly onto the surface of the PCB.
  • Through Hole: Classic method involving pins inserted through holes in the PCB and soldered on the opposite side for robust mechanical and electrical connections.

The choice of installation method depends on assembly requirements, PCB design constraints, and manufacturing processes.

Applications

Female header connectors find application in various industries and devices:

  • Consumer Electronics: Used in laptops, tablets, and smartphones for board-to-board and board-to-component connections.
  • Industrial Automation: Critical for interfacing control boards with sensors, actuators, and other equipment.
  • Communications: Essential in networking devices such as routers and switches for modular configurations.
  • Embedded Systems: Found in development boards and microcontroller platforms for prototyping and connectivity.

In each application, female header connectors play a crucial role in establishing reliable electrical connections and facilitating modular designs.

Conclusion

Female header connectors are indispensable components in modern electronics, offering a wide range of pitch sizes, row configurations, and installation methods to meet diverse application needs. Whether for compact consumer electronics or robust industrial systems, selecting the right female header connector ensures optimal performance and reliability in electronic assemblies. As technology advances, these connectors continue to evolve, providing engineers with more options to enhance functionality and efficiency in electronic designs.

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