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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 military systems as engineers increasingly choose it to meet accelerating speed demands. This marks a change from its traditional role as a technology for long-distance communications. Read More >>

Three Key Considerations When Selecting EMI/RFI Shielding Solutions for Aerospace and Defense Applications

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, ITT Cannon  EMI/RFI shielding As aerospace and defense platforms and environments continue to evolve digitally, the proliferation of embedded electronics systems and portable electronic devices (PEDs), Read More >>

Rail industry connectors

Quality Connectors Boost Rail Industry Dependability

Rail industry demands are increasing around the world. As modern train systems increase passenger comforts, supply chain visibility, and smart infrastructure connectivity, quality components become more critical. If the US House of Representatives’ economic infrastructure plan (now in draft) ever comes to fruition, it will create substantial demand for electronic systems used in rail design. Read More >>

Plastic Metal Connectors

Plastic and Metal Connectors for Harsh-Environment Applications: A Pros and Cons Selection Guide

Metal connectors can endure the very roughest conditions. Plastic connectors offer exceptional resistance against moisture. Each material has advantages and disadvantages that make it important to select the right one for your harsh environment application. Anyone in search of a rugged connector for a harsh-environment application will be confronted with a wide range of choices. Read More >>

Designing with Waterproof USB Type-C Connectors

As small consumer electronic devices infiltrate every aspect of our lives, they endure lots of rough handling and occasional accidents. The connectors that empower these systems must protect functionality and signal integrity when a device is splashed on, spilled on, or even dropped into water. Waterproof USBs are up to the challenge.  Consumer electronic products Read More >>

Connectors Get Tough for Industrial Robots and Automation

As more robots and other connected devices join the factory floor, the challenge is to protect sensitive electronics from dirt, debris, vibration, and other barriers to performance. As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to expand, it brings more electronic devices to the factory floor. There, they are exposed to harsh environments including dust, Read More >>

Connectors for IoT, IIoT, and Industry 4.0 Applications

The proliferation of connected technologies is placing new technical demands on industrial connectors. Higher speeds, higher frequency performance, and reduced form factors are required, along with ruggedness, reliability, and immunity against electromagnetic interference. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the wireless interconnectivity of electronic devices ranging from appliances and vehicles to building control systems Read More >>

Elevators Take Connectors to the Next Level

Modern elevators feature a wide variety of electronic nodes, from controls that operate the lift to sensors that count passengers and touchscreen user interfaces. These unique building transport systems function depend on unique heavy-duty industrial connectors as well as small, lightweight, consumer-type products. Today’s connected building technologies manage a wide range of functions, including usage-timed Read More >>

Selecting Printed Circuit Board Connectors for Harsh Environments

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 rough conditions is crucial to operational success. Selecting printed circuit board connectors (PCB connectors) that can perform reliably in harsh environments involves several important considerations. Whether Read More >>

Miniaturized Circular Connectors Drive New Developments in Portable Electronics

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’s application areas must prioritize size and weight reductions and simultaneously provide high-speed transmissions with reliable signal integrity, even in harsh environments, and especially as portable Read More >>

Cable Connectors for Ultrasound Probe Assemblies

Ruggedness, ease of use, reliability, good signal integrity, and high mating cycles are critical factors to consider when specifying connectors for use in medical ultrasound equipment. Medical electronics are demanding applications for cable connectors. These connectors and cables need to resist liquids, impacts, repeated mating cycles, cleaning, and EMI — and that’s all in addition Read More >>

Creating Ideal Connectors for Rugged Conditions

As the Internet of Things extends into rugged territories, the connector that fulfills every requirement for some applications in development may not yet exist. That’s where customization comes in. Rugged connectors — power, signal, fiber optic, and hybrid — are designed to withstand extreme environments. No one-size-fits-all solution is available in this diverse market. Most Read More >>