Harting and Hirose focus on a new standard

31 August 2016

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Harting and Hirose focus on a new standardHarting Electronics GmbH, based in Espelkamp, and Hirose Electric C. Ltd., Tokyo, have reached agreement on the joint development, product standardisation and marketing of a miniaturised connection technology system for 10Gbit Ethernet.

The RJ45 was essential when using Ethernet 10 years ago. However, it was not completely suitable for use in industrial environments and could only be deployed with certain modifications. In light of this situation, Harting developed the world’s first industry-compatible field attachable RJ45.

The miniaturisation of components and interfaces in connection technology has become a key factor in global digitalisation through the Internet of Things and Services. Philip Harting, Chairman of the Board at the HARTING Technology Group explains: “As a form of the Internet of Things, there is one thing that ‘Industrie 4.0’ requires above all else: an Ethernet connection to each and every ‘Industrie 4.0’ component. The standardisation and international norms for new high-performance components and infrastructure is an essential requirement for market success and provides planning security.”

On the other hand, Hirose Electric has offered miniature connector systems for small handheld devices including mobile phones, tablets and cameras and has contributed to the miniaturisation and the high-speed communication of electronic devices. Hirose has played a significant role in the high-performance and miniaturisation industry, not only with internal connectors, but also with interface connectors such as micro-USB (USB2.0, 3.0, and 3.1) which were originally developed by Hirose. In addition, Hirose will focus on the industrial market and apply this extensive knowledge and expertise to provide high-end miniaturised connectivity products for ‘Industrie 4.0’.

To meet the challenging market demand for global digitalisation, both partners’ have therefore agreed to utilise Harting’s and Hirose’s strength. The result is the development of a new miniaturised and robust Ethernet interface for high-speed data transmission rates to set a new standard for ‘Industrie-4.0’ applications.

Hirose President Kazunori Ishii remarks: “Our customers benefit from the bundled expertise of two technology leaders, on one hand, and global presence and customer proximity on the other.” The two companies plan to reveal further details on their cooperation in the autumn at electronica and SPS/IPC Drives. Additional information is available at

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