Smiths launches blind-mate optical interconnect system

Smiths launches blind-mate optical interconnect system

The sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSATM) Consortium is developing a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture, based on key interfaces and open standards established by industry-government consensus.

Smiths Interconnect has been involved in the VITA 66.5 standard development under OpenVPX and is an active member of the SOSATM consortium, which references the VITA 66.5 draft standard.

Building on the optical modules of Smiths Interconnect’s Reflex Photonics technology, LightCONEX active blind-mate optical interconnect system is a  solution for VPX systems that incorporates an optical transceiver into the plug-in module connector.

The optical interconnect meets military standard requirements for shock, vibration, and harsh environmental conditions.

The LightCONEX blind-mate optical interconnect system includes a fixed plug-in connector and a floating backplane connector compatible with the VITA 66.5 standard.

The low-profile plug-in transceiver connector is screw-mounted on the board edge through an electrical interposer, saving board space and eliminating fibre cable handling.

The backplane connector has a spring-loaded MT to ensure a secure MT to MT mating connection under extreme shock and vibration conditions.

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