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Optical MT interconnect system aimed at VPX architecture

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Molex? interconnect? ANSI? VPX? fibre optic?

A rugged optical MT backplane interconnect solution was recently debuted by Molex. The VITA 66.1 interconnect solution has been designed for high-density military, aerospace and commercial embedded system applications. The solution boasts a ruggedized MT backplane interconnect system which has been tweaked to meet the ANSI-ratified specification for VPX architecture.

The new Molex VITA 66.1 optical MT interconnect system meets the defined requirements outlined by VITA 66.0 for blind mate fibre optic interconnects used with VITA 46 backplanes and plug-in modules. Available with 8, 12 or 24 fibres in standard single mode or multi-mode and VersaBeam (expanded beam) MT ferrule options for design flexibility, the VITA 66.1 interconnect features a robust aluminium housing to withstand extreme temperature ranges (-50 to +105C), as well as shock and vibration environments. The anodized aluminium-based housings provide a rugged solution for use in the designated VPX card space as determined by the standard, or can be used as a stand-alone solution outside of the VPX architecture.

"Military and commercial applications rely on strict VPX compliance for demanding embedded computing systems. Smaller chassis and board-size based equipment needs to be easily accessible for field serviceability," states Mark Matus, global product manager for rugged interconnects, Molex. "Based on our innovative MT ferrule-carrier design, the VITA 66.1 interconnects reduce installation and maintenance time, plus associated costs, by enabling field servicing without requiring hand tools even in densely populated systems," added Matus.

Further information about the Molex VITA 66.1 ruggedized optical MT backplane interconnect system can be found here.

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