Amphenol buys Teradyne's Aerospace Defense connector and backplane business

By John McHale

WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- Amphenol Corp. is taking over the Teradyne Inc. Aerospace Defense connector and backplane business in Nashua, N.H., giving Amphenol a major share of the SEM-E (Standard Electronic Module) form-factor connector business.

Engineers at the Aerospace Defense business -- part of Teradyne's Connections Systems division -- design and manufacture connectors and backplane assemblies for aerospace and defense applications. Amphenol bought Teradyne earlier this year.

The business is now part of Amphenol's Aerospace division and called Amphenol Backplane Systems in Nashua, N.H., says Richard Paul, marketing manager at Amphenol Aerospace. Teradyne officials kept their building while Amphenol acquired the people, technology, and equipment, he says.

The consolidation gives Amphenol Aerospace officials the opportunity to provide their military avionics customers, such as Lockheed Martin Corp., a one-stop shop for interconnects, backplanes, and other products, Paul says.

Before the purchase, Teradyne and Amphenol Aerospace were the two major suppliers in the niche SEM-E connector market for military avionics applications, Paul says. Teradyne was known for the company's ultra-high-density (UHD) and NAFI connectors, while Amphenol Aerospace made a name with the LRM, or line replaceable module with a brush contact, Paul explains.

The UHD is designed into the U.S. Army RAH-66 Comanche scout/attack helicopter and the LRM is part of the avionics on the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor jet fighter, Paul says.

The 40-pin NAFI-style interconnect was co-developed by Amphenol and the U.S. Navy in the late 1960s, Amphenol officials say. NAFI is an acronym for Naval Avionics Facility -- Indianapolis, and it was together with this organization that Amphenol helped develop the form factor for interconnecting modules and daughter boards through a central backplane.

The products are available off-the-shelf, although Paul says he prefers to call them military-off-the-shelf; calling them COTS, or commercial-off-the-shelf, sometimes indicates a level of cheapness, while military connectors are anything but cheap and must work in many demanding applications, he adds.

While the majority of Amphenol Aerospace's connector products are available out of a catalog, many of the company's military customers want each product tweaked for specific applications, Paul says.

In 2000 Teradyne's Aerospace Defense business supplied about $26 million worth of electronic components to systems integrators, while the Amphenol Aerospace division supplied components worth about $130 million, Paul says.

Amphenol makes electronic and fiber optic connectors, cable, and interconnect systems for voice, video, and data communications in industrial, automotive, and aerospace applications, company officials say.

For more information on Amphenol Aerospace's new Amphenol Backplane Systems group contact the company on the World Wide Web at http://www.amphenol-aerospace.com.

Military & Aerospace Electronics


Get All the Military Aerospace Electronics News Delivered to Your Inbox or Your Mailbox

Subscribe to Military Aerospace Electronics Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest information on:


  • C4ISR
  • Cyber Security
  • Embedded Computing
  • Unmanned Vehicles

Military & Aerospace Photos

Most Popular Articles

Related Products

Printed Circuit Board Assembly

Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCB ASSY) is as critical a process as circuit board manufacturing.

Flexible Printed Circuit Board

Flexible Printed Circuit Boards are one of the most popular types of circuit boards used in a var...

Rigid Printed Circuit Boards

Rigid printed circuit boards can only meet diverse industrial applications if the best materials ...

Velmex XSlide™ Stages

The Velmex XSlide Assembly is a compact positioning stage highly suitable for high performance in...

UniSlide® Stages

UniSlide Assemblies deliver precise movement in one, two or three dimensions with linear motion. ...

BiSlide® Stages

Velmex manual or motorized BiSlide positioning stage's modular design makes it highly configurabl...

Velmex VXM™ Motor Controller

Velmex VXM Controller Systems are integral components of the power systems that efficiently drive...

Video Borescope ORION

Ø 4mm (0.16”) to 10mm (0.44”)Working Lengths: up to 30 meters (98')3.5” color LCD display, with 7...

Micro Borescope Ultra Thin

German made, it is the best choice for extremely small inspection areas, with diameters as small ...

Rigid Video Borescope HERON-A with Tip Articulation

CMOS Camera Chip: 450,000 pixels 340° Rotation of the Probe Articulating Tip (180˚in each directi...

Related Companies

Uniforce Sales and Engineering

Provides solutions to machine vision and image acquisition in many applications, including in the fields of medical, ...

A-FLEX

Provides customized Printed Circuit Board fabrication in California. The entire process can be customized according t...

Velmex Inc

Manufactures linear and rotary motion-control positioning equipment for scientific, research, photonics, machining an...

TASC Technical & Assembly Services Corporation Electronic Equipment Manufacturing

Electronic Manufacturing sub-contractor. Circuit Board assembly, Cable Assembly, Wire Harness Assembly, Box Build Ass...

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc

GA-ASI is a leading manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-opt...

BellowsTech LLC

Develops, designs and manufactures metal bellows using edge welded bellows technology. Expertise in design, machining...

HC Controls Inc

Specialists in design, installation, commissioning, calibration, training and support services to aero engine test fa...

DDC-I Inc

Offers complete solutions for embedded software developers with a focus on mission- and safety-critical applications....

Medit Inc

Supplies remote visual inspection devices. The company is one of the important players in the industry, serving clien...

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

About Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions (CWDS) is a long established techno...
Wire News provided by   

Press Releases

Model INCX-4001

The INCX-4001 consists of a high quality audio transceiver specifically designed to implement a complete fiber optic intercom.

Model PS-1210

The PS-1210 is a 1A, 12VDC stand-alone or rack mountable non-switcher (no RF noise) power supply.

Model OS-3121

Optical switches are utilized to disconnect, bypass and reroute fiber optic communications. All of these optical switches are purely optical path, there is no optical to e...

Webcasts

New Design Tools That Help You Develop Radar That Sees the Un-seeable and Detects the Undetectable

Xilinx EW/ISR System Architect, Luke Miller, has new tricks and he’s going to tell you all about them in a new Xilinx Webinar—for free. His Webinar will cover new ways to implement Radar functions including ...
Sponsored by:

All Access Sponsors


Mil & Aero Magazine

July 2015
Volume 26, Issue 7
file

Download Our Apps



iPhone

iPad

Android

Follow Us On...



Newsletters

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information
SUBSCRIBE

Cyber Security

Monthly newsletter covering cyber warfare, cyber security, information warfare, and information security technologies, products, contracts, and procurement opportunities
SUBSCRIBE

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers
SUBSCRIBE

Electronic Warfare

Quarterly newsletter covering technologies and applications in electronic warfare, cyber warfare, optical warfare, and spectrum warfare.
SUBSCRIBE

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications
SUBSCRIBE

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles
SUBSCRIBE