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Molex VITA 66.1 Optical MT Backplane Interconnect System Simplifies VPX Architecture

Molex VITA 66.1 Optical MT Backplane Interconnect System Simplifies VPX Architecture

Molex launched the VITA 66.1 ruggedized optical MT backplane interconnect solution for high-density military, aerospace, and commercial embedded system applications. The new VITA 66.1 ruggedized optical MT backplane interconnect system is designed to meet the ANSI-ratified specification for VPX architecture.

“Military and commercial applications rely on strict VPX compliance for demanding embedded computing systems. Smaller chassis and board-size-based equipment needs to be easily accessible for field serviceability,” said Mark Matus, global product manager for rugged interconnects, Molex. “Based on our innovative MT ferrule-carrier design, the VITA 66.1 interconnects reduce installation and maintenance time, plus associated costs, by enabling field servicing without requiring hand tools even in densely populated systems.”

The new Molex VITA 66.1 optical MT interconnect system meets the defined requirements outlined by VITA 66.0 for blind mate fiber optic interconnects used with VITA 46 backplanes and plug-in modules. Available with 8, 12, or 24 fibers in standard single-mode or multi-mode and VersaBeam (expanded beam) MT ferrule options for design flexibility, the VITA 66.1 interconnect features a robust aluminum housing to withstand extreme temperature ranges (-50 to +105 °C), as well as shock and vibration environments. The anodized aluminum-based housings provide a rugged solution for use in the designated VPX card space as determined by the standard, or can be used as a standalone solution outside of the VPX architecture.

“Fully compliant with the ANSI-ratified 66.1 specification, the compact VITA 66.1 optical MT backplane solution ensures VPX system engineers optimal simplicity in design and functionality,” added Matus.

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