DIN 41612 is a DIN standard for electrical connectors that are widely used in rack based electrical systems. Standardisation of the connectors is a pre-requisite for open systems, where users expect components from different suppliers to operate together. The mostly widely known use of DIN 41612 connectors is in the VMEbus system. The standard has subsequently been updated as international standards IEC 60603-2 and EN 60603-2.
The standard describes connectors which may have one, two or three rows of contacts, which are labelled as rows a, b and c. Two row connectors may use rows a+b or rows a+c. The connectors may have 16 or 32 columns, which means that the possible permutations allow 16, 32, 48, 64 or 96 contacts. The rows and columns are on a 2.54 mm grid pitch. Insertion and removal force are controlled, and three durability grades are available.
The headline performance of the connectors is a 2 amp
per pin current carrying capacity, and 500 volt
working voltage. Both these figures may need to be de-rated according to safety requirements or environmental conditions.