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  • A Costa Rican plant for advanced component manufacturing
    26 Feb

    A Costa Rican plant for advanced component manufacturing

    • February 26, 2024

    The electronic system development supply chain that has become increasingly diverse and global, with components provided from various regions around the world. This comes with several challenges including variability in supply and demand, geopolitical tensions and unforeseen events that may lead to delays, increased costs and supply chain inefficiencies.

  • TSX Series
    05 Feb

    Making Sense of High-Reliability Radio Frequency (RF ) Components

    • By Dave Raymond
    • February 05, 2024

    HR TSX Series represents a significant leap forward in the realm of high-frequency surface mount chip attenuators. Its combination of small form factor, robust construction, and versatile performance make it an attractive choice for space and defense applications.

  • Fixed Attenuators for Space and Defense Applications: Ensuring Reliability and Durability
    10 Oct

    Fixed Attenuators: Ensuring Reliability and Durability

    • By Dave Raymond
    • October 10, 2023

    In the realms of space exploration and defense technology, electronic components play a pivotal role in ensuring mission success and national security. Among these components, fixed attenuators stand out as essential tools for signal management, maintaining the integrity of electronic systems amidst the most challenging environments

  • L Series Connectors
    20 Oct

    Customizable modular connectors for demanding therapeutic devices

    • October 20, 2022

    Modern therapeutic systems for the treatment of weight loss for both health and aesthetic purposes are evolving to help people live a better life. To achieve the necessary results, medical devices need to ensure long-lasting, constant and high-level performance with reliable components able to support harsh conditions.

  • LightCONEX®
    10 Oct

    The next step in optical interconnectivity for the defense industry

    • By Arlen Martin and Jon Lundberg
    • October 10, 2022

    Optical interconnectivity has a significant impact on the defense industry. Not only does it allow greater amounts of data to be passed over longer distances, but it also minimizes SWaP (size, weight, and power) relative to copper alternatives. In fact, cabling weight can be reduced more than 90% with no interference and carry high-speed data 15 to 20 times further.

  • TSX Attenuators
    23 Aug

    Small but mighty: How attenuators benefit defense and space industries

    • By Dave Raymond and Tim Meehan
    • August 23, 2022

    Current space and defense industries are putting pressure on electronic manufacturers to deliver high performance with smaller form factor. For applications in these industries, from radios to drones and satellites, miniaturizing components such as RF chip attenuators with broad frequency ranges is becoming critical for developing technology and meeting the challenging demands of defense and space applications.

  • C Series Connectors
    06 Jun

    How connectivity can play a key role in rail braking systems

    • By Chiara Pieri
    • June 06, 2022

    Train deceleration is a key function that implies passengers’ safety, environment and property protection and nothing can be left to chance or neglected when it is the moment to select the right parts that have to compose the brake system. With this in mind, the design engineers have to pay attention to reduce the overall maintenance costs as well to provide a dependable and market aligned solution.

  • HBB Five Pole
    18 May

    High five for new HBB circular connectors

    • By Gregory Kay
    • May 18, 2022

    Smiths Interconnect’s new HBB five-pole connector packs flexibility, reliability and safety as well as power into one easy-to-use connector for demanding applications. We’ve built an international reputation on our ability to anticipate customers’ future needs and innovate to meet them. In the defense sector, we’ve been exploring the potential of the energy revolution for combat vehicles, both on the ground and in the air.

  • 3U and 6U OpenVPX carrier cards for XMC , PMC and AcroPack I/O mezzanine modules (courtesy Acromag)
    16 Jun

    VPX Technology Development Trends

    • By John Koon
    • June 16, 2019

    Security is a critical challenge for a wide range of embedded systems applications. System integrators must optimize operational capability, maximize competition for systems development, ensure interoperability, and maintain commonality to reduce life-cycle cost.

  • LightCONEX_43
    01 Nov

    Overcome Challenges in Embedded Optical Interconnects Design

    • By Gerald Persaud and David Rolston
    • November 01, 2018

    The above article has outlined the advantages and challenges of using fiber optical interconnects. To use fiber optic cables, the electrical signals need to be converted to light signals using fiber optic transceivers. While there are many challenges to embedded fiber optics design, the benefits are substantial. The guidelines and design check list provided will help developers select the best solutions for their needs.