ZIF Connectors

ZIF connectors are a subtype of PCB connector that was first developed in the 1970s. In this context, ‘ZIF' is an acronym, standing for ‘zero insertion force'. As the name implies, the main design point of these types of PCB connectors is that they don't require any significant pushing force in order to fully seat them in their socket on a motherboard or other circuit.

What are the pros and cons of ZIF connectors?

  • The contacts in ZIF connectors are arranged such that their plastic housings can fully engage easily, without the contacts themselves necessarily having to touch together
    • This can significantly reduce friction and wear from repeated mating over time
    • However, it demands that the contacts be kept extremely clean, as they don't physically ‘wipe' themselves on mating and uncoupling
  • ZIF connectors usually include a small locking flap to act as a handle or lever, in order to hold the attached component in place once it's fully mated with the socket
    • This design means you'll often need a spudger or pushing device to uncouple a ZIF mating
  • Because they require almost no manual pressure to push home, ZIF connectors are quite commonly used for more delicate components such as ribbon cables - and in particular for components such as flat flex cables (FFCs) or flexible printed circuit (FPC) cables
  • Although the physical sockets and associated assemblies for ZIF connectors can take up slightly more PCB space, ZIF connector setups have become increasingly popular in many modern, compact devices
    • This is partly due to the fact that FFC and FPC-compatible components tend to allow for a higher density, lower profile and more lightweight electronics overall
  • The lack of insertion pressure required means they're easier than most other connector types to attach single-handedly
    • This can be very convenient in cramped enclosures, or with limited access/board space for using additional tools
    • However, it also means that ZIF-type connections are generally quite delicate, and largely unsuitable for use in environments where excessive vibration or adverse atmospheric conditions are likely to be a factor

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RS Stock No. 772-6756
Mfr. Part No.FH12A-45S-0.5SH(55)
BrandHirose
£0.762
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45 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Top Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac FH12 -
RS Stock No. 166-4868
Mfr. Part No.FH12A-45S-0.5SH(55)
BrandHirose
£0.478
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45 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Top Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac FH12 -
RS Stock No. 166-4934
Mfr. Part No.FH40-45S-0.5SV
BrandHirose
£0.946
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45 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Vertical Contact Straight - Yes 500mA 50 V ac FH40 -
RS Stock No. 738-8950
Mfr. Part No.FH40-45S-0.5SV
BrandHirose
£1.314
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45 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Vertical Contact Straight - Yes 500mA 50 V ac FH40 -
RS Stock No. 161-9473
Mfr. Part No.39-53-2305
BrandMolex
£0.983
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30 Phosphor Bronze 1.25mm Through Hole Female - ZIF Vertical Contact Straight - - 1A 200 V Easy-On 5597
RS Stock No. 372-471
Mfr. Part No.39-53-2305
BrandMolex
£1.44
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30 Phosphor Bronze 1.25mm Through Hole Female - ZIF Vertical Contact Straight - - 1A 200 V Easy-On 5597
RS Stock No. 724-1194
Mfr. Part No.52559-1452
BrandMolex
£0.792
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14 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Vertical Contact Straight - Yes 500mA 50 V ac/dc Easy-On 52559
RS Stock No. 670-6814
Mfr. Part No.52271-0869
BrandMolex
£0.657
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8 Phosphor Bronze 1mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac/dc Easy-On 52271
RS Stock No. 161-9572
Mfr. Part No.52271-0869
BrandMolex
£0.402
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8 Phosphor Bronze 1mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac/dc Easy-On 52271
RS Stock No. 670-6795
Mfr. Part No.52271-0469
BrandMolex
£0.578
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4 Phosphor Bronze 1mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac/dc Easy-On 52271
RS Stock No. 170-7199
Mfr. Part No.52271-0469
BrandMolex
£0.348
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4 Phosphor Bronze 1mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac/dc Easy-On 52271
RS Stock No. 772-7027
Mfr. Part No.FH12-45S-0.5SH(55)
BrandHirose
£0.67
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45 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac FH12 -
RS Stock No. 166-4870
Mfr. Part No.FH12-45S-0.5SH(55)
BrandHirose
£0.427
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45 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac FH12 -
RS Stock No. 688-2823
Mfr. Part No.FH12-20S-0.5SV(55)
BrandHirose
£1.622
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20 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Vertical Contact Straight - - 500mA 50 V ac FH12 -
RS Stock No. 122-1649
Mfr. Part No.FH12-20S-0.5SV(55)
BrandHirose
£0.583
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20 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Vertical Contact Straight - - 500mA 50 V ac FH12 -
RS Stock No. 670-6760
Mfr. Part No.52207-1660
BrandMolex
£1.049
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16 Phosphor Bronze 1mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Top Contact Right Angle - - 1A 125 V Easy-On 52207
RS Stock No. 161-9602
Mfr. Part No.52207-1660
BrandMolex
£0.729
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16 Phosphor Bronze 1mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Top Contact Right Angle - - 1A 125 V Easy-On 52207
RS Stock No. 167-1908
Mfr. Part No.52271-0879
BrandMolex
£0.373
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8 Phosphor Bronze 1mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac/dc FFC/FPC SMT 52271
RS Stock No. 514-4313
Mfr. Part No.52271-0879
BrandMolex
£0.62
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8 Phosphor Bronze 1mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V ac/dc Easy-On 52271
RS Stock No. 167-1936
Mfr. Part No.54132-4062
BrandMolex
£0.77
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40 Phosphor Bronze 0.5mm Surface Mount Female - ZIF Bottom Contact Right Angle - - 500mA 50 V FFC/FPC SMT 54132