The plug is available in 8 position for flat or round shielded 7-stranded cable and accept a wire size range of 28 to 24 AWG. The receptacle is available in 8 position in either top- or side-entry configuration with or without a ground.
In addition to shielding, the housing of either flat- or round--cable plugs features locking latches, positive polarization (to prevent the insertion of a plug upside--down in a receptacle), primary strain relief applied to the cable foil (shield), drain wires (providing strain relief on the cable jacket), secondary strain relief for the main cable conductors, and preloaded 1.27 [.050] centerline contacts which are terminated to the conductors using the technique of insulation displacement. Internal or external key slots are letter--coded to ensure that plugs are correctly matched to the receptacles.
In flat--cable plugs, the housing, which is already shielded, is terminated to the flat cable using specific tooling.
In round--cable plugs, the housing subassembly is first terminated to the round cable using specific tooling for housing termination. Top and bottom shielding shells are latched around the housing and a strain relief ferrule is then crimped to the cable outlets of the shells and the cable using specific tooling.
The receptacle features a shielded housing and printed circuit (pc) board tails.