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VPX Optical Interconnects

The LightCONEX® LC Series of optical plug-in and backplane module connectors for VPX systems are Smiths Interconnects’ answers to the stringent SWaP requirements of today’s defense applications in which fiber optics are replacing high bandwidth copper interconnects.

This VPX series of active, blind-mate optical interconnect solutions offer flexibility, light weight, very high bandwidth, and forward compatibility.

These active, blind-mate optical interconnects are revolutionary solutions for VPX systems that include a fixed, plug-in module connector and a floating backplane connector compatible with the proposed VITA 66.5 standard. The low-profile plug-in module connector is screwed on the board edge through an interposer, saving board space and eliminating fiber cable handling. The backplane connector has a spring-loaded mechanical transfer (MT) ferrule to ensure a secure optical mating connection under extreme shock and vibration conditions.

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