Fortis Zd Next-gen Backplane Connector Revolutionizes Military and Commercial Aerospace Systems

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Rugged Connector is Super Fast, Super Reliable and Manages Escalating Data Streams Under Most Adverse Environments

Tyco Electronics, the leading global provider of electrical components, connectors, network solutions and specialty products, this week unleashed the future of backplane connectors with the advanced Fortis Zd high-speed backplane connector, designed for military and commercial aerospace applications.

As demands on systems for real-time intelligence intensifies, the importance of high performance interconnection becomes critical. Tyco Electronics set out to design a new connector system that supports increasing bandwidth requirements in a ruggedized format to withstand the increased shock and vibration requirements of emerging military applications.

“The goal was to achieve a system that combined the seemingly contradictory features of multi-gigabit speeds and extreme ruggedness,” said Kevin Rock, president, Aerospace, Defense & Marine, Tyco Electronics. “Our development engineering team has produced an outstanding product that more than met the challenges set to them – providing a strong path for the next generation of electronic systems in harsh environments.”

Tyco Electronics engineers provided ruggedization improvements in the high-speed backplane connector designs by marrying an electrically sophisticated, high-speed contact leadframe with a robust, industry-proven separable contact interface. A metal shell offers an even higher degree of robustness, both in the mating interface and the outer shell of the connector.

By combining the best features of commercial high-speed backplane connectors with proven MIL-SPEC contacts, the new high performance Fortis Zd connector allows data rates of 10 Gb/s+ and is designed to enable improved communications, unmatched situational awareness, and technologically superior command/control from electronic systems.

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