edge connector rarity [was Re: HP9836C colour alignment (grey

Tony Duell ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Wed Oct 8 15:34:23 CDT 2008

> On Tue, 7 Oct 2008, der Mouse wrote:
> > Okay, so edge connectors are very far from dead.  Which was where I
> > really was tryign to go with this. :-)
> And they are far from being cheap or low-cost. I've recently ordered many 
> different card edge connectors from DigiKey, the most needed were the 48 
> pin 0.156" ones used for the HP2100/HP1000. They cost 7,30 EUR each *plus* 

Indeed, yes...

The 0.156" pitch is not at all common in Europe, most older European 
stuff ises 0.1" connectors. And European suppliers (or at least the ones 
we commonly use in the UK) stock a very limited range of such connectors, 
if any at all.

When I needed some 0.156" ones for HP repairs/hacking (maing a PSU test 
rig for the 9826/36 PSU module, for example), I had to get them from 
Digikey. Not cheap, and the shipping even less so :-(

> customs and VAT. And DigiKey is actually the only one that will sell you 
> these, so I wouldn't say (apart from DIMM sockets) that they are still 
> very common.

0.1" pitch edge connectors, particularly the ones you crimp onto IDC 
cable (think of the 5.25" floppy drive connector), but the solder type 
too, are farirly easy to get in the UK.


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