Solving Wearable Tech Design Challenges with Hirose Innovations

Wearable devices are an integral part of our daily lives, providing a seamless blend of technology and fashion. From fitness trackers and smartwatches to medical monitoring devices, wearables have evolved to meet diverse user needs. But behind the sleek and compact exteriors lie numerous design challenges that OEMs must overcome. Wearable devices demand precise engineering to integrate displays, buttons, sensors, and other core components. Hirose presents a selection of connectors, each meticulously tailored for today's wearable devices. From USB Type-C interfaces for fast data transfer to high-power connectors for enhanced battery performance, our solutions prioritize both function and form, fitting sleek wearable designs.




In the dynamic world of wearable devices, the role of connectors cannot be understated. They play a vital role in helping OEMs overcome design challenges.


  • Miniaturization: end-users desire comfortable products that are compact and lightweight. Space constraints can restrict the integration and mating of systems. The type of connector used is limited by form and function demands.
  • Low Profile: wearable devices should feel comfortable against the skin and when in clothing. A low-profile design is essential to prevent connectors from catching on fabrics or causing discomfort.
  • Durability and Reliability: wearable devices are often exposed to sweat, moisture, dust, and physical stresses like vibration and drop-impacts. Wearable designs require connector solutions with secure mating and protection ratings up to IP67 for waterproof designs.
  • Power Management: battery-powered wearable devices need to optimize power consumption to maximize performance and minimize charging frequency. Energy-efficient connectors that minimize power loss and extend battery life are a preferred solution.
  • Battery Charging: designing efficient and convenient charging methods for wearable devices is vital. Engineers design connectors to be compatible with specific charging standards and protocols such as USB-C, micro-USB, wireless charging. Some connectors, like USB-C, support fast charging, enabling the wearable to charge quickly.
  • High-speed Data Transmission: advanced wearables require high-speed data transmission to ensure optimized functionality, performance, and user experience. Examples of few wearable devices that require high-speed data transmission include medical trackers (real-time monitoring), augmented reality glasses (high-resolution displays), and gaming/multimedia (high-definition video streaming). High-speed data transmission typically relies on wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular connectivity (4G, 5G).



The choice of connectors in wearable designs can vary based on the specific application and requirements. However, several types of connectors are commonly used in wearable technology due to their compact size, durability, and versatility. Here are some of the connector types often found in wearable designs:


  • Micro-USB and USB-C Connectors: used for charging and data transfer in many wearables, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. USB Type-C connectors, like the CX Series, have gained popularity due to its smaller form factor and reversible design.
  • Board-to-Board Connectors: used for internal connections within the wearable device. They come in various form factors, such as flexible printed circuit (FH62/FH72 Series)
  • connectors and zero insertion force (FH64MA Series) connectors.
  • Wire-to-Board Connectors: often used to connect wires to the device's internal circuitry, wire-to-board connectors like the DF57/DF58 Series allow for flexible positioning of components within the wearable.
  • Coaxial Connectors: found in wearables with radio frequency (RF) components, such as GPS, Wi-Fi, or cellular connectivity. Connectors like the ultra-light FL Series ensure a secure connection for RF signals.

Innovative connectors from Hirose Electric help address these wearable design challenges. Hirose's ultra-small, low-profile products with high-speed transmission technology offer design flexibility. When you choose Hirose Electric as your connector partner, you're not just selecting a connector; you're investing in a solution that solves your design challenges and contributes to the success of your wearable device.


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