Revolutionary Next Generation ARINC 600 Receptacle Connector Provides Reduced Weight and Cost

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Innovative Connector Offers Major Cost Savings with All the Performance of the Legacy Design

Tyco Electronics, the leading global provider of electrical components, connectors, network solutions and specialty products, today launched the ARINC 600 next generation receptacle connector – an innovative re-engineering of a classic solution to meet the needs of today’s commercial aerospace and military applications.

Whether it’s collision avoidance, air-to-ground communications or in-flight entertainment, today’s avionics manufacturers face a challenging economic environment and an ever-increasing demand for weight reduction, streamlined maintenance designs and aerodynamic efficiency. With those goals in mind, Tyco Electronics re-engineered the entire design and production process to create the lowest cost and lightest ARINC 600 connector on the market.

“Tyco Electronics’ ARINC 600 next-gen connector is a perfect example of our commitment to re-thinking classic solutions in order to meet evolving customer demands and significantly reduce costs,” said Steve McIntire, product manager, Tyco Electronics. “In addition, customers can count on the highest reliability and quality that Tyco Electronics brings to all its products – which are essential in flight components as well as military applications. The re-designed ARINC 600 next-gen connector meets all the same performance requirements of the original.”

Tyco Electronics engineers were able to create a lighter connector with considerable cost savings by utilizing a stamped and formed contact system versus the traditional, screw-machined contact system. The stamped system also allowed for selectively plating only the critical socket contact tines with gold more instead of the whole contact, decreasing gold plating costs. In addition, weight was also reduced by changing to hollow contacts instead of the solid contacts used in the legacy design. Moreover, moving to a “monoblock” insert simplified the production process, saving even more costs.

By combining innovative technology and production processes with enduring ARINC 600 standards, the new ARINC 600 next generation receptacle connector offers:

  •     significant cost reduction
  •     equivalent performance to traditional ARINC 600 connectors
  •     robust stamped and formed contact system
  •     up to 10 percent weight reduction per connector
  •     completely inter-mateable with existing ARINC 600 plug connectors
  •     solder-tail version available for complete backwards compatibility with legacy printed circuit board designs
  •     press-fit (eye of needle) compliant tail version available for future box designs, yielding all of the previously discussed connector cost and weight savings, along with applied cost savings for avionics customers.

Tyco Electronics will debut the re-engineered ARINC 600 connector at Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 14-16, booth #1110. For more information and to follow all the latest news on the ARINC 600 next generation receptacle connector, visit, read the ARINC 600 white paper or follow us on Twitter @TycoElectronics.

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About Tyco Electronics:
Tyco Electronics Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, specialty products and undersea telecommunication systems, with fiscal 2009 sales of US$10.3 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. We design, manufacture and market products for customers in a broad array of industries including automotive; data communication systems and consumer electronics; telecommunications; aerospace, defense and marine; medical; energy; and lighting. With approximately 7,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, Tyco Electronics' commitment is our customers' advantage. More information on Tyco Electronics can be found at


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