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Ruggedised VME connector family

10 September 2002 Interconnection

Amphenol Aerospace has developed the 'Ruggedised VME64X' in response to the military trend towards VME64X and the use of COTS boards and chassis. The connector has a more rugged interface than standard connectors for improved vibration durability. Many companies manufacture ruggedised VME cards for military applications, but they still use the standard VME COTS (commercial off the shelf) connector interface. In a harsh military environment, the COTS VME connector interface can fail, negating all of the ruggedisation on the cards. Amphenol Aerospace, with the sponsorship of a key customer, developed the Ruggedised VME64X connector family as an alternative for military applications. Features include metal shells, ESD (electrostatic discharge) protection, a robust hyperboloid contact system, high-data rate compatible electrical and optical P0 connector options, etc.

Features and benefits

Rather than dealing with three independent connectors, Amphenol has created a single, unified connector assembly. Through the use of modular insert assemblies, metallic connector shells have been designed to accommodate different interconnect combinations. These include P1, P2 and 2 mm electrical P0 combination, the P1 and P2 combination, and the P1 and P2 with a 12 fibre MT optical connector in the P0 position.

The metal shell mounts directly to the standard VME card mounting holes, and provides support and protection to the P1, P2 and P0 connector inserts. The same is true for the backplane connector, with the added benefit that the backplane connector shell provides additional stiffness to the backplane.

For more information contact Amphenol, 011 783 9517, amphenol_africa@csi.com





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