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24pin/0.5mm FFC extension cable: build or buy?

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  1. joshzstuff

    joshzstuff

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    Jul 4, 2010
    Hello,

    I have a small surveillance camera that attaches to the board with a very fine pitch FFC cable & connector.
    The cable is very short and I would like to extend it so that I can articulate the lens of the camera.

    Specs:
    - 24 pins in 12mm (so .5mm pitch)
    - 3-6" extension would be nice

    Here is a picture with a ruler for scale:
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    Here is how it connects to the board:

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    Option #1: Find a cable online . . .​


    So far I've contacted Molex, Digikey, and a few other companies that do not supply such a cable.
    Mouser hasn't gotten back to me yet.

    ?? Any suggestions as to where I may look for an extension cable??



    Option #2: Build a "cable"​



    A) assemble from parts:


    1) Solder 2 'ZIF' type connectors together, like these from digikey:
    http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?Detail&name=HFN524DKR-ND

    2) This cable from quadrangleproducts.com has discrete ends that would possibly be easier to solder, but it may also be much bulkier as a result.
    http://www.quadrangleproducts.com/pd...00G-24-DIS.pdf

    B) -[painful] Direct soldering

    I saw Kipkay solder a camera lead on a similar camera (though not as small!)
    He appears to have a cable with 8 fine insulated conductors . . .
    - any idea what this is and where it can be purchased??

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    That looks tough, doesn't it!

    Here is the video if you'd like to see how he did it.
    (Watch @55seconds)



    So far, I'm leaning towards option #1!

    I'm going to keep on looking for a cable.
    Any suggestions or alternate solutions you have would be appreciated!
     
  2. joshzstuff

    joshzstuff

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    Jul 4, 2010
    Hello Lisa,
    You do not have 'private message' available so I will reply here.
    Can you give me a quote for 24 pin 0.625mm pitch ffc cable + connectors ?

    You can PM me and I will give you my email
    Thanks,
    Josh
     
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