High-vibration OpenVPX embedded computing board connector introduced by TE Connectivity

HARRISBURG, Pa., 18 Jan. 2013. TE Connectivity (TE) in Harrisburg, Pa., is introducing the MULTIGIG RT 2-R rugged, lightweight and high-speed board-to-board OpenVPX connector for use in aerospace and defense applications that are subject to extreme vibration.

Supporting high-speed protocols, these rugged connectors are designed for rugged embedded computing applications for ground defense, missile defense, electronic systems and C4ISR, and commercial and military aerospace applications.

The connector is compliant to VITA 46, including backward compatibility with all existing VITA 46 daughter cards, and features ruggedized guide hardware to increase the stability of the daughtercard-to-backplane interface under shock and vibration.

The MULTIGIG RT 2-R connectors have been tested to highly accelerated life test (HALT) vibration levels per VITA 72, and the pinless interface has been tested as many as 10,000 mating and unmating cycles.

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Connector modules are available for 6U and 3U VPX slot profiles, including rear transition modules, and support 0.8-inch card slot pitches.

"TE collaborated with Mercury Systems to develop and test this connector for use in the most challenging environments, beyond requirements of the VITA 47 standard," says Mike Walmsley, product manager of the TE Connectivity Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine segment.

Compliance with VITA 46 enables upgrades in existing VPX applications. The connector can be used with RF Modules (VITA 67) and optical modules (VITA 66) to customize slot configurations. Featuring a reliable press-fit termination, the MULTIGIG RT 2-R connector requires only flat rock tooling.

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