Does anyone have any recommendations for an FFC/FPC connector that locks the flex cable contacts directly to pads on the PCB rather than the connector bed? I am trying to get a VERY low inductance connection system sorted.
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There are heat sealed flex cables that can be attached directly to a PCB using conductive heat-activated adhesive, however they cannot be removed after being attached and the assembly equipment recommended for reliable joints is not cheap.
If you are satisfied with one-time connection, I would suggest looking at rigid-flex PCBs where the flex and rigid portions are manufactured together.
It is probably a bad idea to try to make a contact between a FFC/FPC cable and a coppertrace on a PCB directly.
I guess, you won't find a connector for these causes.
You better go for a board-in solution.
I found this one here: FUN FFC/FPC board in connector
I have seen board-in crimp style connectors at TE's booth at productronica some years ago, but I'm unable to find them at the moment.