i have a series of PCB modules with signal in and signal out that need to be connected via cables. I want to find a connector system that uses male/female on both PCB as well as cables so i can make sure that the user can only hook up signal out to signal in via cables. It would look like "PCB Male" <-> "Cable Female" <-> "Cable Male" <-> "PCB Female". The board connector needs to have a 2.54mm pitch and preferably polarised. Any idea which system can do that? checked JST and Molex but couln't
IDC ribbon cables are a reasonable way to achieve this - male cable ends and female PCB connectors are less common than their gender complements and often slightly more expensive but I have never been unable to find what I was looking for.
These generally have polarisation built in which removes the need for pin skipping.