New Ruggedized Optical Backplane Interconnect System Supports VITA 66.1 Standard

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TE Connectivity Expands VITA 66.1 series with intermatable connector system for high-bandwidth computing applications.

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, announces the new VITA 66.1 Ruggedized Optical Backplane interconnect system that has been designed to meet the needs of high-bandwidth applications such as for high-definition video and images and more specifically for computing applications requiring optical infrastructure. The new system fully complies with VITA 66.1 / ANSI and is ideal for many industries and applications, including: embedded computing, ruggedized military applications, commercial aerospace and the geophysical industry.

“As high-bandwidth and high-frequency applications arise, many system designers are looking to ruggedized optical interconnects to satisfy today’s needs as well as future-proof tomorrow’s requirements,” said Rod Smith, product manager, TE Connectivity, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine.

This connector system enables TE to offer a range of solutions for customer-specific applications, depending on specific needs. TE continues to expand its offering in support of the VMEbus structure by introducing its optical versions under the VITA 66.1 series. The optical system is offered in both a receptacle (backplane) and mating plug (daughtercard) connectors which interconnect up to two MT ferrules, each accommodating up to 24 fiber paths.

The new VITA 66.1 compliant Ruggedized Optical System is designed to complement the RF, power, and high-speed electrical modules that have been developed and adopted by the standard.

TE’s Ruggedized Optical System is built to survive

  •     Cycle Life (Mate/Unmate) of 500 Mates
  •     Shock: OS1 (20G) / OS2 (40G) & Bench Handling
  •     Random Vibration: V1 & V2 (PSD = 0.04 G^2/Hz), V3 (PSD = 0.1 G^2/Hz)

Designed for easy installation with lightweight materials

  •     Insertion Force, Mating Force, Unmating Force
  •     Aluminium alloy 6061

For more information on TE's Ruggedized Optical Backplane interconnect system, visit,26435 or contact the Product Information Center at 1-800-522-6752.

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About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity is a $13 billion world leader in connectivity. The company designs and manufactures products at the heart of electronic connections for the world’s leading industries including automotive, energy and industrial, broadband communications, consumer devices, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. TE Connectivity’s long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence helps its customers solve the need for more energy efficiency, always-on communications and ever-increasing productivity. With nearly 90,000 employees in over 50 countries, TE Connectivity makes connections the world relies on to work flawlessly every day. To connect with the company, visit:

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