Types of Connectors

Connectors keep the world of electronics moving. From computers, to live music performances, to the defense of our homeland – we need them to function in our daily lives. Let’s go over a few types of connectors that are vital to our day-to-day routines.

Military Connectors

These are they rugged connectors that keep our military going. Military connectors were conceived and developed in the 1930’s for aeronautical and tactical operations. Type “AN” military connectors set the standard for circular connectors for military applications. The “AN” stands for “Army-Navy”. In the modern day, these connectors are often called “MIL-STD”, which stands for “military standard”. Today, they are even used for commercial applications. It turns out the general public appreciates a rugged connector that can withstand harsh environments.

military connectors

D-sub Connectors

The d-subminiature (or d-sub) connector is named for it’s D-shaped shield. These have, traditionally, been used for computer applications. When they were introduced to the connector world, they were very popular because they were among the smallest types of connectors available for computers. They were often used to connect display monitors to computers. Today, they aren’t quite as popular, as popular companies such as Apple and Dell are making more and more computers that have the monitor built in. Not to mention the large number of people that aren’t using desktop computers at all. In fact, over 50% of computer users employ their phone to browse the Internet. Not to mention all of the people that use a laptop or tablet for today’s computer applications.

d-sub connectors

Power Connectors

Defining a power connector is simple. A power connector allows power to pass from a power source to an external device. Types of power connectors vary across applications and geography. Anyone that has traveled the world understands this. Power connectors can either be alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). Click here for more information on power connectors.

That’s all for now. Check 24 Hour Connector Resource later for more connector information.