FFC connectors, also called Flexible Flat Cable connectors, refer to ribbon-like connectors with a plastic, polymer, or engineered rubber body and a metallic connector. On the other hand, FPC connectors are also called Flexible Printed Circuit connectors and have an embedded circuit. The embedded or printed circuit allows the cable to operate as a PCB.
FFC & FPC connectors are specifically designed to enable the easy assembly of circuits. The major difference between the two is that, while the FFC connector has a flat copper coil between two insulating layers, the FPC connector may have a flexible copper foil etched in different structures.
Importance of FFC and FPC Connectors
FFC and FPC connectors are among the most widely used connectors for modern applications. They are usually thin and come with extreme flexibility. More importantly, they can fit in spaces requiring low-profile designs and form factors. With the increasing demand for compact and sleek applications, FFC and FPC connectors offer an amazing solution.
Applications of FFC and FPC Connectors
FFC and FPC connectors are used across a diverse range of applications, especially in everyday electronics, medical equipment and portable devices. Among industries, these types of connectors are used in the automotive industry, communications and networking, medical industry, consumer industries, and so on. They are commonly applied in: