military and aerospace

SOSA Standards to Embedded Systems Development   

Updated: January 2023 The Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium has created an agile, modular, open reference standard for designers of sensor-rich military and commercial applications as they integrate these powerful connectivity components into new embedded designs. Compliance testing is now underway on connectivity products that support embedded computing systems in military and aerospace applicationsRead More

What are SMA Connectors?

Meet the Connector: SMA coaxial RF connectors SMA (Sub-Miniature version A) coaxial RF connectors are single-line, threaded circular connectors with a minimal, single-pin interface. They are available in many versions, including a variety of termination options, environmental sealing types, and electrical performance levels. The connector has a characteristic 50 Ω impedance and was originally designed forRead More

Connectors for Space Applications Require Radiation-Resistance

When designing and implementing connectivity solutions for use in space applications, one crucial consideration is the effect radiation will have on electronic connectors and cables. Three separate but interrelated aspects of this come into play: the radiation itself, atomic oxygen, and outgassing. Space is a unique type of harsh environment. Not only is the combinationRead More

Nano-Circular Connectors for Sensor Designs in Rugged Applications 

As we place sensors in more rugged environments and extend their uses beyond flat mounting applications, nano-circular connectors and round cable rise to lead in solution-based design strategies. New data-acquisition and information-monitoring technologies have given rise to a completely new field of high-speed image detectors, material sensors, pressure monitors, and even inertia monitors. Today, drones,Read More

What are MIL-DTL-24308 connectors?

Meet the Connector: MIL-DTL-24308 connectors MIL-DTL-24308 connectors are a high-density rectangular I/O electrical connector in the D-subminiature family (named for its distinctive D-shaped metal shell). Also known as M24308s, these compact, high-reliability connectors feature solid machined contacts and come in a versatile range of classes, mounting options, and layout types. M24308s are available in ruggedRead More

Severe Environment Testing for COTS Connectors

COTS connectors have an attractive price point and availability, but they may not hold up to harsh environment challenges. Rigorous testing helps engineers specify non-MIL-Spec connectors that can provide high reliability. By Brian Niehoff Electronic devices are proliferating in harsh operating environments across every industry. As a result, many OEMs require extensive testing on theRead More

New Variation on Single-Pair Ethernet Puts M8s and M12s in the Mix

Do we need yet another single-pair Ethernet interface? Advocates say twisted-pair technology in an M8 or M12 interface would bring huge benefits to autonomous systems.  Single-pair Ethernet (SPE) will greatly improve the flexibility of automation within the connected industrial environment. Previously, Ethernet connections allowed the cloud to talk to the main control room (where software controls the entire manufacturing process), which, inRead More

High-Density MT-Based Optical Solution Brings Big Bandwidth Boost

A new high-density MT-based optical interconnect is coming soon. With up to four MT ferrules accommodating up to 96 optical channels, VITA 87 brings big bandwidth in a small footprint.     The addition of complex embedded systems to the next generation of multi-functional military equipment is driving a new wave of development in associated components. More speed, greater density, and higher levelsRead More

What are MIL-DTL-38999 Connectors?

What is a 38999 Connector? 38999 connectors are a subminiature high-speed circular connector used for military, aerospace, and other rugged, high-reliability applications. They are also known as MIL-DTL-38999 and D38999 connectors. This connectors are ruggedized and environmentally resistant and feature removable crimp or fixed solder contacts. The 38999 is one of the best-selling connectors inRead More

Utilizing Solderless Compression Interposers in Harsh-Environment Applications

These interposers are a great alternative to traditional pin-and-socket interconnects in harsh-environment board-to-board or board-to-flex circuit applications. For the vast majority of applications, the pin-and-socket interface remains the contact of choice. Pin-and-socket contacts can be found in just about every application imaginable. But there is another option that should be considered and, in some instances, may be the only option: solderless compression interposers.   Solderless Compression Interposers  Read More

VITA Standards Support RF/Microwave Backplane Solutions

The VITA 67 standards define the RF connector modules used in VPX architectures. Learn more about these important standards, including the latest, VITA 67.3. Embedded computing is a critical part of many military and aerospace applications. Along with the proliferation of these applications, the VITA OpenVPX standards have also enjoyed growing popularity with increasing numbersRead More

What are ARINC 600 Connectors?

What are ARINC 600 Rack and Panel Connectors? Meet the Connector: ARINC 600 Rack and Panel Connectors ARINC 600 connectors are a standardized rack and panel connector used primarily for avionics applications. This modular packaging standard provides mechanical, electrical, and environmental interfaces between line-replaceable units (LRUs) and racks or cabinets. The ARINC 600 connector takesRead More

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