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New High-Speed Information and Communication ...

In the year ahead, we’ll see AI, IoT and IIoT technologies, cloud computing, 5G communications, blockchain, UAVs, and robotics impact nearly every market. These transformative technologies are becoming more pervasiveRead More

2020 Innovation ebook
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2020 Interconnect Innovations eBook

In our latest eBook, 29 suppliers with decades of proven experience developing innovative interconnect solutions share in-depth engineering insights and product highlights for our increasingly interconnected world. The articles andRead More

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Underwater Connectors Get Smaller and Tougher...

Undersea applications for connectors used by the U.S. Navy are expanding. Not only are submarines now joined by unmanned underwater vehicles, but a third emerging category includes devices used inRead More

Manufacturability
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The Importance of Manufacturability in New Co...

When new or custom connectivity products are the right solution for a design challenge, connector suppliers must meet complex design requirements and develop efficient manufacturing processes to produce high-quality productsRead More

optical electronics
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Small, Lightweight Connectors Enable Today’...

The latest generation of high-tech digital cameras has been sized down for small, lightweight military, medical, and surveillance equipment. High-speed miniature interconnect products make it possible to capture and sendRead More

multi-port connectors
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Military Programs Use Multi-Port and Cluster ...

Multi-port connectors reduce system cost, speed installation time, and improve reliability. As 5G technologies continue to develop for commercial and military use, these important connectivity solutions will have greatly increasedRead More

PCB mounting for shock and vibration
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Choosing the Right PCB Mounting Method for Hi...

Electronics that are subject to harsh military and aerospace operating environments require secure mounting. Several popular specifications give designers options. A few weeks ago, I was discussing work with anRead More

military PCB connectors
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Irregular PCB Configurations Require Small Co...

When a traditional rectangular connector isn’t the right fit for a unique PCB shape, engineers must look for a creative solution. Sometimes that solution is a custom connector that canRead More

2020 Mobility eBook
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2020 Mobility Connectivity eBook

In our new 2020 Mobility Connectivity eBook, more than 25 leading interconnect authorities well experienced in automotive, transportation, mil/aero, and industrial mobility share market trend and application insights, design andRead More

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MILITARY/AEROSPACE MARKET NEWS

Comprehensive coverage of the latest connectivity news in the military/aerospace market

hermaphroditic connectors
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Hermaphroditic Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hermaphroditic connectors from leading suppliers. Hermaphroditic Connectors PEI-Genesis supplies UIti-Mate’s dual-row, nanominiature, and hermaphroditic wired rectangular connectors, which are built in accordance with MIL-DTL-32139 andRead More

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December 2020 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. December 2020 Connector IndustryRead More

December 2020 New Connectivity Products
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December 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, sensors, and antennas. December 2020 New Connectivity Products December 2020 New ConnectivityRead More

mil-spec connector accessories
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Mil-Spec Connector Accessories Product Roundu...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights mil-spec connector accessories from leading suppliers. Mil-Spec Connector Accessories Amphenol Pcd offers one of the industry’s widest selections of industrial and mil-spec connector accessories forRead More

composite shell connectors
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Composite Shell Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights lightweight composite shell connectors from leading suppliers. Composite Shell Connectors Nicomatic’s DLMM Metallized Composite Connectors deliver compact, lightweight, cost-effective, and fully shielded power and signalRead More

Backplane connectors
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High-Speed Backplane Connectors Product Round...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights high-speed and hard metric backplane connectors from leading suppliers. Backplane connectors are designed to increase data rates and decrease signal rise to enable higher reliabilityRead More

Modular Rectangular Connectors
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Heavy-Duty Modular Rectangular Connectors

This week’s Product Roundup highlights heavy-duty industrial-, transportation-, and aviation-grade modular rectangular connectors from leading suppliers. Heavy-Duty Modular Rectangular Connectors Allied Electronics & Automation stocks HARTING’s Han-Modular Series connectors, whichRead More

mil-spec cable
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Mil-Spec Cable Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights mil-spec cable and cable assemblies from leading connectivity suppliers. Mil-Spec Cable and Cable Assemblies Mouser Electronics stocks TE Connectivity’s Raychem Cat 5e cable for high-data-rate,Read More

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Microminiature MIL-DTL-38999-Style Connectors...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights space- and weight-saving microminiature MIL-DTL-38999-style connectors from leading suppliers. Microminiature MIL-DTL-38999-Style Connectors SV Microwave’s high-frequency D38999 RF cable assemblies are available with BMA or SMPMRead More

RF Connectors
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75Ω RF Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights 75Ω RF connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers, as well as corresponding tooling. 75Ω RF Connectors Radiall offers large range of true 75Ω connectorRead More

Samtec HTEC8
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May 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. Supplier names are generallyRead More

RF Connectors
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Microwave and Millimeter-Wave RF Connectors P...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights microwave and millimeter-wave RF connectors, cable assemblies, materials, and tooling from leading suppliers. All of the connector products collected here are ideally suited for useRead More

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Filtered Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights filtered connectors from leading suppliers. Filtered connectors provide benefits including improved electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and pulses (EMP), and easy systemRead More

hybid connector
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Hybrid Connector Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hybrid connector products from leading suppliers. Hybrid Connector Products Positronic EC Series Eclipse hybrid power and signal connectors combine precision-machined low-resistance, gold-plated copper alloy powerRead More

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Bayonet-Coupling Circular Connector Products

This week’s Product Roundup highlights bayonet-coupling circular connectors from leading suppliers, many of which are ideally suited for use in industrial, military, aerospace, and transportation applications. Bayonet-Coupling Circular Connector ProductsRead More

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Micro- and Nano-Pitch Rectangular I/O Connect...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights micro- and nano-pitch (≤1.28mm- and ≤0.64mm-pitch) rectangular I/O connectors from leading suppliers for industrial, military and aerospace, and datacom and telecom applications. Micro- and Nano-Pitch Rectangular ConnectorRead More

MILITARY/AEROSPACE MARKET REFERENCE LIBRARY

Next-gen connector and cable technologies, design resources, specification tips, and application guides

Space grade connectors
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Space-Grade Connectors are Ready for Liftoff

As government and commercial missions into space become more prevalent, connectivity suppliers are challenged to deliver space-grade connector products that can handle uniquely extreme operating conditions. The joint mission betweenRead More

military interconnect
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The Future of Military Interconnects: Migrate...

Old solutions and ways of thinking get in the way of truly innovative solutions. As designers of military interconnects look for ways to shrink down products while adding functionality, manyRead More

military UAVs
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Small Military UAVs Demand Smaller, Lighter C...

A new generation of more powerful unmanned aerial vehicles carry a payload that includes sensors, cameras, processors, and other electronics. Small, lightweight connectors help make their missions possible. Small unmannedRead More

battlefield combat
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New Combat Systems Set to Conquer the Future ...

New battlefield strategies that network dismounted soldiers for “any-sensor, any-shooter” tactics are driving technological changes in digital gear enabled in part by advanced interconnects. By Matt McAlonis, Engineering Fellow, AerospaceRead More

military wearables from ITT Cannon
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Military Wearables Trends Require Connectors ...

The demand for micro- and nano-miniature military connectors is increasing as the military adopts Nett Warrior and future soldier technologies. The military wearables market is expanding rapidly, driven by continuous innovationRead More

space
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Commercial Connectors Toughen Up for the Hars...

As priorities for deep-space applications change, demand is increasing for low-cost, commercial off-the-shelf connectors that can endure the rigors of space. Deep-space exploration keeps bringing us new information about theRead More

coaxial cable
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Testing Microwave Coaxial Cable Assemblies fo...

A comprehensive test regimen can help determine the suitability of microwave coaxial cable assemblies for the final frontier. By Aidan Doran, Senior Product Manager, Space, and John Lewis, Director ofRead More

space robots
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CIMON Says: Design Lessons from a Robot Assis...

Designing a service bot to function in microgravity is a unique challenge. Engineers at Airbus developed an autonomous robot assistant for the International Space Station using commercially available interconnects. ByRead More

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Five Things to Consider When Specifying Metal...

Contact materials can make a critical difference in the integrity, reliability, and durability of connectors. But not every application requires the highest-quality option. By Steve Smashey, President, and Mike Conte,Read More

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2020 Harsh-Environment Connectivity eBook

Our new 2020 Harsh-Environment Connectivity eBook features 16 technical, tutorial articles by leading interconnect authorities that address new challenges for electronics exposed to extreme environments, new connectivity technologies developed toRead More

fiber optic connector systems
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Fiber Optics Move into Military Backplanes

The recent Embedded Tech Trends conference highlighted a trend: Boards and subsystems for military applications are increasingly employing optical cable. Fiber optic technology is continuing its push into high-end militaryRead More

TEMPEST secure network cabling
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Shielded, Twisted-Pair Cable Assemblies Provi...

Fiber optic, shielded copper, and foil-shielded, unshielded-twisted-pair (UTP) cables are among the hardware solutions implemented to meet stringent data security networking protocols. Critical computer networks dedicated to the storage andRead More

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Three Key Considerations When Selecting EMI/R...

Proper shielding is necessary to protect mission-critical systems and components from interference in increasingly busy electronics environments.  By Lesa Smith, Marketing Communications Manager, and Neil Mahaffy, Senior Product Engineer, ITTRead More

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Selecting Printed Circuit Board Connectors fo...

PCBs in transportation, military, and aerospace applications encounter environmental variables such as shock, vibration, temperature, and humidity. Selecting printed circuit board connectors and adjacent components that can endure these roughRead More

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Electronics are Helping to Solve the Pilot Sh...

Advanced aviation-specific components for commercial and military aircraft are producing increasingly powerful and connected hardware that can help keep aviation technology accessible to pilots. Today, there is a critical problemRead More

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Miniaturized Circular Connectors Drive New De...

Fast-turn, application-specific connectors can be produced quickly and can even meet stringent military standards when based on existing, standardized connector designs with proven reliability. Electronic modules in many of today’sRead More

commercial aircraft
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Connectors Fly High on Commercial Aircraft

Thousands of new commercial aircraft are currently in production. They will contain lightweight, powerful, high-speed electronics systems that will enable connectivity on a level the skies have never seen. CommercialRead More

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Soldier Wearables and Heads-Up Displays Chall...

US Army leaders and their industrial partners are looking at new ways to equip dismounted soldiers with lighter weight, wireless, more capable, and more integrated electronic systems. The goal ofRead More

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Four Factors to Consider When Specifying Conn...

Choosing the right connectors for soldier-worn electronics can help improve soldier effectiveness and safety in the field. The average soldier in the field today carries between 87 and 121 poundsRead More

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New VITA 46 Updates for High-Speed Interconne...

ANSI has ratified updates to an embedded computing standard that has important ramifications for military electronics. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently ratified the VITA 46.0 (commonly known asRead More

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Increased In-Flight Connectivity Drives Deman...

Air travelers and crew increasingly rely on in-flight connectivity. An expanding array of advanced products and design strategies gives airlines options for how to deliver both in-flight entertainment and criticalRead More

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The Differences Between MIL-DTL-38999 Series ...

These circular connectors were originally designed to meet requirements for cable-to-panel applications in the military and aerospace market. Now they are used across a wide range of industries that benefitRead More

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Rugged Mil-Spec Connectors Strengthen Militar...

A tour of the West 2019 conference turns up new mil-spec connectivity products that meet size, weight, and power goals, and deliver peak performance under pressure. For military and aerospaceRead More

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The Internet of Battlefield Things is Changin...

Interconnects directly contribute to the size, weight, reliability, ruggedness, and overall performance of modern military equipment, which is increasingly interconnected via the Internet of Battlefield Things or IoBT. As AdmiralRead More

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Today’s Electronics Call for Rapid New Conn...

We are in a period of rapid technology development, as designers create new products and instruments with high-speed circuit chips that run faster, last longer, and go places we couldRead More

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Strike Counterfeit Mil-Spec Components From t...

Special mil-spec marking, DNA tagging, and other advanced authentication technologies are helping to root out counterfeit connectors and cable. Are 40% of mil-spec connectors counterfeit? We’ve heard the statistic andRead More

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Eight Things to Know About M39029 Contacts

Commonly used in military, defense, industrial, and other harsh-environment applications, M39029 contacts are available in a variety of options. As a result, not every M39029 contact is created equal. ByRead More

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IMS Microwave Week Shows the Impact of 5G

IMS Microwave Week, the world’s most important annual RF and microwave event, demonstrated the state-of-the-art products needed to advance 5G and other high-speed technologies. Bishop & Associates’ director of RFRead More

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Military Ground Vehicles Put Connectors to th...

The connectors specified for military ground vehicles must optimize size, weight, and power and endure the rugged conditions typical in modern ground operations. Military vehicles for use on Earth’s surfaceRead More

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The Rigor of Mil/Aero Specifications

Mil/Aero specifications strictly govern the design and development of aeronautical and defense electronics down to component-level materials and processes. In many cases, military and aerospace standards are very similar. ButRead More

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New 2019 Mil/Aero eBook Shares Tech Insights ...

Connector Supplier’s new 2019 Mil/Aero eBook collects expert insights and advice from 13 connector suppliers working in the mil/aero market sector. Read it and learn. Our new 2019 Mil/Aero eBookRead More

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Underwater Connectors Stand up to the Pressur...

Underwater connectors in military electronics designed for submarines and other deep-sea applications must endure pressure, temperature cycling, seawater corrosion, and different types of shock. One of the harshest environments militaryRead More

drones, FLIR cameras, GPS, and prosthetics were all inspired by military technologies
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Five Military Technologies That are Driving C...

Technologies that got their start in military applications, such as the now ubiquitous GPS technologies in our phones and cars, often migrate to civilian markets. Many consumer, medical, and automotiveRead More

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Assessing the Future of Military Electronics

As the Department of Defense prepares for the future of the military, the electronics industry is working to help it understand the complex needs and issues that affect R&D, manufacturing,Read More

Newark, An Avnet Company, stocks TE Connectivity’s O.C.H. Micro Circular Connectors for future soldier systems.
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Connector Solutions for Future Soldier System...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connector solutions for future soldier systems, including increasingly mobile and mission-critical command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment, wearables, robotics, weapons systems,Read More

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Five Things to Consider for Connectors Employ...

Microsatellites aren’t subject to deep-space electronics requirements but the connectors that enable these small devices must still be able to endure rigorous launch conditions and perform in low Earth orbit.Read More

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The Impressive and Almighty Nano-D Connector

Small, lightweight, and known for its high-reliability performance, the nano-D connector is taking the lead in ruggedized portable electronics. Today’s circuits face unprecedented demands. Modern applications subject systems to theRead More

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Assessing the Future of Military Electronics

As the Department of Defense prepares for the future of the military, the electronics industry is working to help it understand the complex needs and issues that affect R&D, manufacturing,Read More

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Connectors for Military Applications Speed Na...

Updating shipboard communication systems with fiber optics and high-speed technologies requires a bevy of high-performance, specialized connectors for military applications. Advanced communications technologies are a critical focus for naval system developers.Read More

AerosUSA cable protector
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Polyamide Cable Protection Systems Provide Hi...

Specialized conduit systems designed to adapt to MIL-C-5015 style connectors are available in several different highly engineered formulas to suit a variety of rugged military, aerospace, and industrial application demands.Read More

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Space Connectors Get Tough for the Harshest E...

Heat, shock, vibration, and radiation are all in a day’s work for the special components that explore worlds beyond our own. by Ann R. Thryft The most mission-critical of military/aerospaceRead More

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Ruggedness and Reliability Starts at the Cont...

In critical mil/aero applications, a connector’s dependability begins where the pins and sockets meet: the contact system. By Robert Kleinschmidt, Senior Vice President, Air & Defense Business Unit, AirBorn, Inc.Read More

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Swarming UAVs Demand the Smallest Mil/Aero Co...

Most of the connectors used in the small, hand-launched military UAVs typical of swarming drones are very small, lightweight, low-profile, D-shaped, or flat-nano connectors. By Ann R. Thryft Military UAVRead More

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VITA 76.0 Solves 10G Cabling Need

The VITA 76.0 connector ensures exceptional signal integrity for high-speed interconnects over maximum cable length on size-, weight-, and power (SWaP)-constrained ground, airborne, and naval platforms. By Mike Southworth, Curtiss-WrightRead More

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Twisted Pair Cable for High-Speed Interconnec...

The demand for twisted pair differential signal cable has skyrocketed to serve a new generation of high-speed military products ranging from surveillance devices to portable computers. By Bob Stanton, DirectorRead More

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Mil/Aero Connectors Lighten Up for Small UAVs...

As drones take a larger role in military operations, the pressure is on to reduce size and weight. A new generation of SWaP-optimized connector products will help. By Ann R.Read More

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The Future Soldier is Already Here

High-performance interconnects that transmit power, data, and signal in military-grade radios, tablets, GPS systems, and headsets are helping military personnel fulfill their duties and get home safely. By Amy GoetzmanRead More

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Press-Fit Pin and Receptacle Solutions for Mi...

Military and aerospace electronics demand high degrees of system reliability and signal integrity. For these and other applications, precision-machined press-fit pins and receptacles provide an ideal solution. By Stephen Capitelli,Read More

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Connectors Ace the Space Race

Supremely durable space-grade connectors help us explore the next frontier. By Caroline Hayes Today, thousands of commercial satellites circle the globe to enable the telecommunications needed to implement the InternetRead More

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Hyperboloid Contacts Improve High-Density Mil...

Hyperboloid contacts improve contact density, mating force, functionality, and cycle-life in high-density rectangular connectors designed for mil/aero applications. Robert Lascelles, Product Manager – integraMate®, QA Technology Company, Inc.  Rectangular ConnectorsRead More

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Choosing Connectors for Mil/Aero and Defense ...

Many manufacturers offer solutions for challenging mil/aero environments with harsh conditions and strict requirements. By Rob Toenies, Product Manager, Newark element14 Connectivity is the lifeblood of today’s technology-driven world. ThisRead More

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