General Precision (IEEE 287)

IEEE 287 General Precision grade coaxial connectors and interconnects are similar to standard grade connectors but with tighter tolerances and higher performance specifications, making them suitable for applications that require greater precision and accuracy. They are commonly used in high-end electronic equipment, where consistent and reliable signal transmission is critical. Below are some of the ways General Precision connectors compare to Standard grade connectors.

  • Maximum Operating Frequency: The maximum operating frequency of a Precision Grade connector is typically higher than that of a Standard Grade connector. For example, a Precision Grade SMA connector might have a maximum operating frequency of 18 GHz, while a Standard Grade SMA connector might have a maximum operating frequency of only 4 GHz.
  • Tolerances: Precision Grade connectors have tighter tolerances than Standard Grade connectors, which means that the physical dimensions and electrical specifications of the connectors are held to tighter standards. For example, Precision Grade connectors might have tighter specifications for connector impedance, insertion loss, and return loss.
  • Durability: Precision Grade connectors are typically designed to be more durable than Standard Grade connectors, as they are intended for use in demanding applications where reliability is critical.

The use of IEEE 287 General Precision grade coaxial connectors and interconnects offers significant value in laboratory and product development settings. The use of advanced connectors directly contributes to the accuracy, reliability, and overall performance of the experimental setups and prototype systems in which they are employed.

A key advantage of using IEEE 287 products in a laboratory setting is the improvement in measurement accuracy and repeatability. Due to their tighter tolerances and superior performance specifications, General Precision connectors minimise signal degradation and transmission errors, ensuring that experimental results are both reliable and consistent. This is particularly important in research and development, where the quality and precision of data can significantly impact the validity of conclusions and the success of the product being developed.

Another advantage is the potential for accelerated design cycles and reduced development costs. By employing General Precision connectors in prototype systems, engineers can be confident that the interconnects will not introduce unwanted variables or compromise the performance of the system. This provides for more efficient and accurate testing, reducing the likelihood of unexpected issues arising during the later stages of development or production.