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Persevering harsh environments with cPCI connectors technology

Smiths Interconnect has a long history of working with space program engineers to ensure reliability and help bring their state-of-the-art ideas to life. Our NASA S-311-P-822 compliant high performance ruggedized cPCI connectors have a long legacy in space flight applications. Learn more about our customer's success stories within the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission and how our connector is specifically designed to meet the environmental requirements of space.

You will learn how our Hypertac® space-qualified 0.4 mm hyperboloid sockets allow the cPCI connector to perform under the most severe condition in demanding applications where failure is not an option.

You'll also get a sneak-peek at our newest press-fit termination version of our cPCI product, designed entirely from the NASA approved version to include compliant-eye technology, allowing customers to quickly and easily install the connectors onto their boards without any soldering or re-flow processes.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover Hypertac® hyperboloid contact technology in our cPCI connectors
  • Learn about the benefits and features of cPCI connectors
  • Understand the requirements of NASA S-311-P-822
  • Get a sneak-peek at our new press-fit cPCI connectors


  • Kevin DeFord

    Product Line Manager, Interposers & Backplane

    Kevin has over 25 years of experience in test and development of high-speed interconnects and manages the Spring Probe Interposer and VPX Backplane product lines for Smiths Interconnect. His experience in Test & Measurement and his product knowledge are key to the development of solutions for some of the most challenging applications. Kevin graduated from Devry University in Kansas City, Missouri with a degree in Technical Management and holds a degree in electronics.
  • Kyle Gobble

    Product Line Manager

    Kyle Gobble started over 4 years ago as a mechanical design engineer at Smiths Interconnect developing our LightCONEX active-optical backplane connectors and is currently editor of the newly published VITA 66.5 Optical Interconnects on VPX standard. His involvement in VITA standards, VPX and other open architecture standards are key to providing innovative solutions for next generation systems. Gobble graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in mechanical engineering.