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VPX Optical Interconnects

The LightCONEX® LC series and SpaceCONEX28 SC Series of optical plug-in and backplane module connectors for VPX systems, and Space VPX respectively, are Smiths Interconnects’ answers to the stringent SWaP requirements of today’s Defense and Space applications in which fiber optics are replacing high bandwidth coaxial copper interconnects.

This VPX series of active, blind mate optical interconnects solution offers flexibility, light weight, very high bandwidth, forward compatibility, and in the case of SpaceCONEX, radiation resistance.

These active blind mate optical interconnects are revolutionary solutions for VPX systems that includes a fixed plug-in module connector and a floating backplane connector compatible with the proposed VITA 66.5 standard. The low-profile plug-in module connector is screwed on the board edge through an interposer, saving board space and eliminating fiber cable handling. The backplane connector has a spring-loaded mechanical transfer (MT) ferrule to ensure a secure MT to MT mating connection under extreme shock and vibration conditions.

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SpaceCONEX 28G SC Series

The SpaceCONEX28 SC Series optical plug-in and backplane module connectors for Space VPX systems is Smiths Interconnects’ answer to the stringent requirements of today’s Space applications. This VPX series of active, blind mate optical interconnects solution offers flexibility, light weight, very high bandwidth, and forward compatibility.

LightCONEX LC Series

The LightCONEX® optical backplane module connector consists of a connector shell and insert. The shell is designed to provide float for the insert in both the X- and Y-directions to enable alignment of the MT ferrule mating interfaces. The design complies with the ANSI/VITA 66.4 mating requirements with the MT ferrule displacement occurring within the backplane connector.

Optical Backplane Connector

These optical backplane module connectors consist of a connector shell and insert. The shell is designed to provide float for the insert in both the X- and Y-directions to enable alignment of the MT ferrule mating interfaces. The design complies with the ANSI/VITA 66.4 mating requirements with the MT ferrule displacement occurring within the backplane connector.

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Smiths Interconnect is a leading provider of technically differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave and radio frequency products/thumbs that connect, protect and control critical applications in the commercial aviation, defense, space, medical, rail, semiconductor test, wireless telecommunications, and industrial markets.

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