Edge connector simplifies VITA 67.3 VPX designs

September 08, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Edge connector simplifies VITA 67.3 VPX designs
TE’s NanoRF Edge Launch connector is the first to integrate the RF above an optical interconnect,  eliminating complex cables

TE Connectivity (TE) has developed a connector system that can integrate the RF above an optical interconnect for military and radar RF embedded computing applications.

The NanoRF connector meets the rigorous requirements of the VITA 67.3 standard to provide a simple and standardized interface with VPX plug-in computing modules including RF switches, tuners, software-defined radios and other embedded computing systems. 

The NanoRF Edge Launch connector reduces space requirements, which eliminates the need for cables and results in a more rugged product. This smaller size comes without sacrificing performance, providing high density and high frequency up to 70GHz. The NanoRF’s bullet adapter reduces tolerances and helps to allow for decreased mating force, which is required for stacked boards. 

“We have taken our rugged, high-density NanoRF product and developed an edge launch solution, which can be used in VPX plug-in modules to eliminate cabling,” said Clint Schlosser, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division. “TE’s Edge Launch connector is also multifunctional and is configured to work alongside MT’s giving our customers the ability to combine optical and electrical solutions within the same module.”

TE’s NanoRF connector is configurable for different sizes and contact counts to ensure it supports VITA 67.3 interface for VPX industry standard implementations or custom applications. This provides customers access to industry standard products with VPX and US SOSA compliance to support their plug-in computing modules.


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