Multi-channel radio frequency connectors - Part 1: Generic specification - General requirements and test methods (IEC 63138-1:2019)

EN-IEC 63138-1, which is a generic specification, specifies general requirements for multi-channel radio-frequency connectors, including terms and definitions, design and construction, ratings and characteristics, climatic categories, IEC type designation, requirements and test procedures, quality assessment, marking, etc. It provides the basis for establishing the sectional specifications for various multichannel radiofrequency connector types. This document applies to multi-channel radio-frequency connectors (called "connectors", hereinafter) for use in communications, electronics and other equipment.

Mehrkanalige Hochfrequenz-Steckverbinder - Teil 1: Fachgrundspezifikation - Allgemeine Anforderungen und Prüfverfahren (IEC 63138-1:2019)

Connecteurs radiofréquences multicanaux - Partie 1: Spécification générique - Exigences générales et méthodes d'essai (IEC 63138-1:2019)

l'IEC 63138-1:2019, qui est une spécification générique, spécifie les exigences générales pour les connecteurs radiofréquences multicanaux, y compris les termes et définitions, la conception et la construction, les valeurs assignées et les caractéristiques, les catégories climatiques, la désignation de type IEC, les exigences et procédures d'essai, l'assurance de la qualité, le marquage, etc. Elle fournit les bases pour l'établissement des spécifications intermédiaires relatives aux différents types de connecteurs radiofréquences multicanaux. Le présent document s'applique aux connecteurs radiofréquences multicanaux (ci-après dénommés les "connecteurs") destinés à être utilisés dans des équipements de communications, électroniques et autres.

Konektorji za večfrekvenčni radijski kanal - 1. del: Splošna specifikacija - Splošne zahteve in merilne metode (IEC 63138-1:2019)

Standard EN-IEC 63138-1, ki je splošna specifikacija, določa splošne zahteve za večkanalne radiofrekvenčne konektorje, vključno z izrazi in opredelitvami, načrtovanjem in zasnovo, ocenami terznačilnostmi, klimatskimi kategorijami, oznakami tipov IEC, zahtevami in preskusnimi postopki, oceno kakovosti, označevanjem itd. To je osnova za določitev področnih specifikacij za različne tipe večkanalnih radiofrekvenčnih konektorjev. Ta dokument se uporablja za večkanalne radiofrekvenčne konektorje (v nadaljevanju »konektorji«) za uporabo v komunikacijah, elektroniki in drugi opremi.

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN IEC 63138-1:2020
01-januar-2020

Konektorji za večfrekvenčni radijski kanal - 1. del: Splošna specifikacija - Splošne

zahteve in merilne metode (IEC 63138-1:2019)

Multi-channel radio frequency connectors - Part 1: Generic specification - General

requirements and test methods (IEC 63138-1:2019)
Mehrkanalige Hochfrequenz-Steckverbinder - Teil 1: Fachgrundspezifikation -
Allgemeine Anforderungen und Prüfverfahren (IEC 63138-1:2019)
Connecteurs radiofréquences multicanaux - Partie 1: Spécification générique -
Exigences générales et méthodes d'essai (IEC 63138-1:2019)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN IEC 63138-1:2019
ICS:
33.120.30 Radiofrekvenčni konektorji RF connectors
(RF)
SIST EN IEC 63138-1:2020 en

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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EUROPEAN STANDARD EN IEC 63138-1
NORME EUROPÉENNE
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
November 2019
ICS 33.120.30
English Version
Multi-channel radio frequency connectors - Part 1: Generic
specification - General requirements and test methods
(IEC 63138-1:2019)

Connecteurs radiofréquences multicanaux - Partie 1: Mehrkanalige Hochfrequenz-Steckverbinder - Teil 1:

Spécification générique - Exigences générales et méthodes Fachgrundspezifikation - Allgemeine Anforderungen und

d'essai Prüfverfahren
(IEC 63138-1:2019) (IEC 63138-1:2019)

This European Standard was approved by CENELEC on 2019-10-17. CENELEC members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC

Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this European Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration.

Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references concerning such national standards may be obtained on application to the CEN-CENELEC

Management Centre or to any CENELEC member.

This European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French, German). A version in any other language made by translation

under the responsibility of a CENELEC member into its own language and notified to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre has the

same status as the official versions.

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Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

Turkey and the United Kingdom.
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© 2019 CENELEC All rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reserved worldwide for CENELEC Members.

Ref. No. EN IEC 63138-1:2019 E
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EN IEC 63138-1:2019 (E)
European foreword

The text of document 46F/467/FDIS, future edition 1 of IEC 63138-1, prepared by SC 46F "RF and

microwave passive components" of IEC/TC 46 "Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and

microwave passive components and accessories" was submitted to the IEC-CENELEC parallel vote

and approved by CENELEC as EN IEC 63138-1:2019.
The following dates are fixed:

• latest date by which the document has to be implemented at national (dop) 2020-07-17

level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

• latest date by which the national standards conflicting with the (dow) 2022-10-17

document have to be withdrawn

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. CENELEC shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

Endorsement notice

The text of the International Standard IEC 63138-1:2019 was approved by CENELEC as a European

Standard without any modification.
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EN IEC 63138-1:2019 (E)
Annex ZA
(normative)
Normative references to international publications
with their corresponding European publications

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments)

applies.

NOTE 1 Where an International Publication has been modified by common modifications, indicated by (mod), the relevant

EN/HD applies.

NOTE 2 Up-to-date information on the latest versions of the European Standards listed in this annex is available here:

www.cenelec.eu.
Publication Year Title EN/HD Year
IEC 60068-1 - Environmental testing - Part 1: General EN 60068-1 -
and guidance
IEC 60068-2-6 - Environmental testing - Part 2-6: Tests - EN 60068-2-6 -
Test Fc: Vibration (sinusoidal)
IEC 60068-2-11 - Basic environmental testing procedures - EN 60068-2-11 -
Part 2-11: Tests - Test Ka: Salt mist
IEC 60068-2-20 - Environmental testing - Part 2-20: Tests - EN 60068-2-20 -
Test T: Test methods for solderability and
resistance to soldering heat of devices with
leads
IEC 60068-2-27 - Environmental testing - Part 2-27: Tests - EN 60068-2-27 -
Test Ea and guidance: Shock
IEC 61169-1 2013 Radio frequency connectors - Part 1: EN 61169-1 2013
Generic specification - General
requirements and measuring methods
IEC 61169-1-2 - Radio-frequency connectors - Part 1-2: - -
Electrical test methods - Insertion loss
1 2
IEC 61169-1-4 — Radio-frequency connectors - Part 1-4: EN 61169-1-4 —
Electrical test methods- voltage standing
wave ratio, return loss and reflection
coefficient
IEC 61726 - Cable assemblies, cables, connectors and EN 61726 -
passive microwave components -
Screening attenuation measurement by the
reverberation chamber method
Under preparation. Stage at time of preparation: IEC CDV 61169-1-4:2019.
Under preparation. Stage at time of preparation: prEN IEC 61169-1-4:2019.
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EN IEC 63138-1:2019 (E)
Publication Year Title EN/HD Year
IEC 62037-3 - Passive RF and microwave devices, EN 62037-3 -
intermodulation level measurement - Part
3: Measurement of passive intermodulation
in coaxial connectors
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Partie 1: Spécification générique – Exigences générales et méthodes d'essai
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CONTENTS

FOREWORD ........................................................................................................................... 4

1 Scope .............................................................................................................................. 6

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................... 6

3 Terms and definitions ...................................................................................................... 7

4 Design and construction .................................................................................................. 7

4.1 General ................................................................................................................... 7

4.2 Materials and finishes ............................................................................................. 8

4.3 Connector interface dimensions and gauge ............................................................. 8

4.4 RF channel interface dimensions and gauge ........................................................... 8

5 Standard ratings and characteristics ................................................................................ 8

6 Classifications into climatic categories ............................................................................. 8

7 IEC type designation ....................................................................................................... 8

8 Requirements and test methods ...................................................................................... 9

8.1 General ................................................................................................................... 9

8.2 Visual inspection ..................................................................................................... 9

8.2.1 Requirements .................................................................................................. 9

8.2.2 Inspection procedure ..................................................................................... 10

8.3 Dimensions and interchangeability ........................................................................ 10

8.3.1 Interface dimensions for RF channels ............................................................ 10

8.3.2 Interface dimensions for connectors .............................................................. 10

8.3.3 Outline dimensions ........................................................................................ 10

8.3.4 Mechanical compatibility ................................................................................ 10

8.4 Electrical tests ...................................................................................................... 11

8.4.1 Return loss (applicable for cabled connectors and adaptors) ......................... 11

8.4.2 Insertion loss (applicable for cabled connectors and adaptors) ...................... 11

8.4.3 Contact resistance ......................................................................................... 11

8.4.4 Insulation resistance ...................................................................................... 12

8.4.5 Voltage proof ................................................................................................. 12

8.4.6 Screening effectiveness (applicable for cabled connectors and adaptors) ...... 13

8.4.7 Discharge test (applicable for cabled connectors and adaptors) ..................... 13

8.4.8 Passive intermodulation level (PIM) ............................................................... 14

8.4.9 Isolation (applicable for cabled connectors and adaptors) .............................. 14

8.4.10 RF power rating (if necessary) ....................................................................... 15

8.5 Mechanical test ..................................................................................................... 17

8.5.1 Solderability (if applicable) ............................................................................ 17

8.5.2 Centre contact captivation (if applicable) ....................................................... 17

8.5.3 RF channel captivation (if applicable) ............................................................ 18

8.5.4 Engagement and disengagement forces ........................................................ 18

8.5.5 Gauge retention force .................................................................................... 18

8.5.6 Effectiveness against cable rotation (if applicable) ......................................... 19

8.5.7 Effectiveness against cable pulling ................................................................ 19

8.5.8 Effectiveness against cable bending .............................................................. 20

8.5.9 Effectiveness against cable torsion (if applicable) .......................................... 20

8.5.10 Strength of coupling mechanism (if applicable) .............................................. 21

8.5.11 Low frequency vibration ................................................................................. 21

8.5.12 High frequency vibration ................................................................................ 22

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8.5.13 Shock ............................................................................................................ 22

8.5.14 Mechanical endurance ................................................................................... 23

8.5.15 Safety wire hole pullout (if applicable) ........................................................... 24

8.6 Environmental test ................................................................................................ 24

8.6.1 Damp heat, steady state ................................................................................ 24

8.6.2 Thermal shock ............................................................................................... 24

8.6.3 High temperature endurance.......................................................................... 24

8.6.4 Low temperature endurance .......................................................................... 24

8.6.5 Leakage (if applicable) .................................................................................. 24

8.6.6 Hermetic seal ................................................................................................ 25

8.6.7 Salt mist ........................................................................................................ 25

9 Quality assessment ....................................................................................................... 25

9.1 General ................................................................................................................. 25

9.2 Qualification inspection ......................................................................................... 25

9.2.1 Test samples ................................................................................................. 25

9.2.2 Inspection procedure ..................................................................................... 26

9.2.3 Structurally similar components ..................................................................... 27

9.3 Conformance inspection........................................................................................ 27

9.3.1 General ......................................................................................................... 27

9.3.2 Lot-by-lot inspection ...................................................................................... 27

9.3.3 Periodic inspections ....................................................................................... 28

9.4 Specification structures ......................................................................................... 30

9.4.1 General ......................................................................................................... 30

9.4.2 Sectional specification (SS) ........................................................................... 30

9.4.3 Detail specification (DS) ................................................................................ 30

10 Marking ......................................................................................................................... 30

10.1 Marking of components ......................................................................................... 30

10.2 Marking and contents of package .......................................................................... 31

Figure 1 – Diagram for test for isolation ................................................................................ 15

Table 1 – Preferred climatic categories (see IEC 60068-1) ...................................................... 8

Table 2 – Severities of vibration ............................................................................................ 22

Table 3 – Recommended severities for shocks ..................................................................... 23

Table 4 – Qualification inspection ......................................................................................... 26

Table 5 – Lot-by-lot inspection .............................................................................................. 28

Table 6 – Sampling plans for mechanical compatibility and return loss inspection ................. 28

Table 7 – Periodic inspection ................................................................................................ 29

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MULTI-CHANNEL RADIO-FREQUENCY CONNECTORS –
Part 1: Generic specification –
General requirements and test methods
FOREWORD

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International Standard IEC 63138-1 has been prepared by subcommittee 46F: RF and

microwave passive components, of IEC technical committee 46: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF

connectors, RF and microwave passive components and accessories.
The text of this International Standard is based on the following documents:
FDIS Report on voting
46F/467/FDIS 46F/481/RVD

Full information on the voting for the approval of this International Standard can be found in the

report on voting indicated in the above table.

This document has been drafted in accordance with the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2.

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The committee has decided that the contents of this document will remain unchanged until the

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the specific document. At this date, the document will be
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• replaced by a revised edition, or
• amended.
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MULTI-CHANNEL RADIO-FREQUENCY CONNECTORS –
Part 1: Generic specification –
General requirements and test methods
1 Scope

This part of IEC 63138-1, which is a generic specification, specifies general requirements for

multi-channel radio-frequency connectors, including terms and definitions, design and

construction, ratings and characteristics, climatic categories, IEC type designation,

requirements and test procedures, quality assessment, marking, etc.

It provides the basis for establishing the sectional specifications for various multi-channel

radio-frequency connector types.

This document applies to multi-channel radio-frequency connectors (called "connectors",

hereinafter) for use in communications, electronics and other equipment.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their

content constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited

applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any

amendments) applies.
IEC 60068-1, Environmental testing – Part 1: General and guidance

IEC 60068-2-6, Environmental testing – Part 2-6: Tests – Test Fc: Vibration (sinusoidal)

IEC 60068-2-11, Basic environmental testing procedures – Part 2-11: Tests – Test Ka: Salt mist

IEC 60068-2-20, Environmental testing – Part 2-20: Tests – Test T: Test methods for

solderability and resistance to soldering heat of devices with leads

IEC 60068-2-27, Environmental testing – Part 2-27: Tests – Test Ea and guidance: Shock

IEC 61169-1:2013, Radio frequency connectors – Part 1: Generic specification – General

requirements and measuring methods

IEC 61169-1-2, Radio-frequency connectors – Part 1-2: Electrical test methods – Insertion loss

, Radio-frequency connectors – Part 1-4: Electrical test methods – Voltage
IEC 61169-1-4:—
standing wave ratio, return loss and reflection coefficient

IEC 61726, Cable assemblies, cables, connectors and passive microwave components –

Screening attenuation measurement by the reverberation chamber method

IEC 62037-3, Passive RF and microwave devices, intermodulation level measurement – Part 3:

Measurement of passive intermodulation in coaxial connectors
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Under preparation. Stage at the time of publication: IEC CDV 61169-1-4:2019.
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3 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in IEC 61169-1 and the

following apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following

addresses:
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• ISO Online browsing platform: available at http://www.iso.org/obp
3.1
RF channel
channel for RF transmission which is composed of an RF contact pair
3.2
multi-channel radio-frequency connector
connector with two or more RF channels
3.3
isolation

RF signal leakage generated from any one RF channel, with respect to any other RF channel

around it, and expressed by ratio of input power into the channel to the received power of any

other RF channel around it, in dB
It can be also expressed by Formula (1):
Isolation = −10log (1)
where
P is the input power into the RF channel, transmitted by signal source;
P is the received power of any other RF channel
4 Design and construction
4.1 General

The connectors and accessories shall be designed and constructed to meet the allowance

required for proper mating, installation and maintenance. The inserts in the connectors shall be

designed and constructed to ensure proper mating and performance of RF channels. When

design and construction permit, the connectors should have an indicator to show when mating

is in place. The RF contacts of connectors should be removable as far as possible.

A visual means shall be provided to indicate when two mating connectors are properly mated.

The relevant specification is not intended to restrict details of construction which do not affect

interchangeability or performance, or to be used as manufacturing drawings. The interface of

the connector accessories and the recommended opening hole dimensions of the panel shall

be as specified in the relevant specification.

The dimensions and tolerances shall be given in metric units. During conversion of dimensions

given in inches into millimetres, they shall be rounded to the nearest 0,001 mm or 0,000 05 in.

Where, however, mechanical and electrical considerations permit, the rounding shall usually be

to the nearest 0,01 mm or 0,000 5 in.
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4.2 Materials and finishes

The materials and finishes used for the connectors shall be as specified in the safety and

environmental regulations and in the relevant specifications. Dissimilar metals (between which

an electromotive coupling may exist) shall not be placed in contact with one another as an

electromotive force may be created between them.
4.3 Connector interface dimensions and gauge

The connector interface dimensions (including RF channel arrangements) and gauge shall

comply with the relevant specification.
4.4 RF channel interface dimensions and gauge

The interface dimensions and gauge for the RF channels in connectors shall comply with the

relevant specification.
5 Standard ratings and characteristics

The ratings and characteristics applicable to each connector type and style shall be specified in

the relevant specification. They should normally cover:
– electrical, mechanical and environmental performances;

– performances for each type of RF channel, which should be specified respectively when the

connector is composed of different types of RF channel.
6 Classifications into climatic categories

The classification of connectors with regard to climatic conditions is based on IEC 60068-1 and

indicated by a series of three sets of digits separated by oblique strokes corresponding

respectively to tests at low temperature (minus sign not shown), high temperature and the

number of days of exposure to damp heat, steady state.

The climatic severities are referenced by a cold temperature, high temperature and damp heat

steady state duration. Examples of preferred climatic categories of this are shown in Table 1.

Table 1 – Preferred climatic categories (see IEC 60068-1)
Category designation Letter Temperature range Damp heat steady state
40/85/21 A −40 °C to +85 °C 21 days
55/125/21 B −55 °C to +125 °C 21 days
55/155/56 C −55 °C to +155 °C 56 days
7 IEC type designation

The purpose of the IEC type designation is to identify a particular connector within the scope of

IEC RF connector standardization. It is not intended to include information in excess of this.

In practice, it is usually necessary to identify a manufacturer's product because, although it

may comply with this document, there may be features that are not covered by this document.

Connectors complying with the relevant specification shall be designated by the following

indications and in the order given:
a) the number of this document;
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b) the letters "IEC";
c) series code (type designation);
d) additional identification
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