Mating connector for Atmel-ICE 6-pin connector

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I'm looking for a keyed, PC-mount, male box connector that actually fits the 6-pin Atmel-ICE connector. I've used regular IDC 10-pin box headers, and they work, but they take up a huge amount of extra real-estate. They fit the Atmel connector like a circus tent fits a kitten, and that extra square centimeter can be a big help on a lot of boards.  I don't want to use a plain header because I have plugged it on backwards before.  I've searched all through Digi-key, Amazon, Google, and the KiCAD footprint library to no avail.  Maybe eBay in utter desperation.  I've thought of changing the connector on the ICE, but I would really prefer not to.  I have this crazy idea that since someone makes the female side, with a key, then the matching male end, with a key, should be around this universe somewhere.  Has anyone ever found one?

Last Edited: Tue. Sep 14, 2021 - 08:19 PM
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John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

https://www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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The standard 3x2 box header will ensure the correct polarity etc.

If you want less pcb real estate use the trick from Xmega XPLAINED boards.  The 3x2 (PDI) header uses angle pins but there is a cutout in the pcb to receive the keyed tab.

 

Not foolproof like a box header.

On the other hand you could just print the tab outline on the pcb.   Also not foolproof.

 

David.

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you could also mount something else "close" to plain pins - so that the tab would foul it if inserted the wrong way round ...

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Yeah, buddy! It's like magic! js pointed me to the exact part, it looks like. Being old school, I did search for "Dupont" but never thought to search for "Berg". Alas, Digikey has none, but Mouser does. I appreciate the other suggestions, too.  I did think about about surrounding it with appropriate components, but that's rather a kluge. The end of a long search, and CAD models to boot! laugh

Edit: OK, so the CAD files are useless. I still know what the part is.

Last Edited: Wed. Sep 15, 2021 - 12:40 AM