Molex VITA 66.1 Optical MT Backplane Interconnect System Simplifies VPX-Architecture

  Molex VITA 66.1 Optical MT Backplane Interconnect System Simplifies

High-density ferrule-carrier design and robust housing streamline installation
   and maintenance in rugged embedded VPX military and aerospace backplane


Business Wire

LISLE, Ill. -- March 20, 2013

Molex Incorporated recently launched the VITA 66.1 ruggedized optical MT
backplane interconnect solution for high-density military, aerospace and
commercial embedded system applications. The new VITA 66.1 ruggedized optical
MT backplane interconnect system is designed to meet the ANSI-ratified
specification for VPX architecture.

“Military and commercial applications rely on strict VPX compliance for
demanding embedded computing systems. Smaller chassis and board-size based
equipment needs to be easily accessible for field serviceability,” states Mark
Matus, global product manager for rugged interconnects, Molex. “Based on our
innovative MT ferrule-carrier design, the VITA 66.1 interconnects reduce
installation and maintenance time, plus associated costs, by enabling field
servicing without requiring hand tools even in densely populated systems.”

The new Molex VITA 66.1 optical MT interconnect system meets the defined
requirements outlined by VITA 66.0 for blind mate fiber optic interconnects
used with VITA 46 backplanes and plug-in modules. Available with 8, 12 or 24
fibers in standard singlemode or multimode and VersaBeam™ (expanded beam) MT
ferrule options for design flexibility, the VITA 66.1 interconnect features a
robust aluminum housing to withstand extreme temperature ranges (-50 to +105
°C), as well as shock and vibration environments. The anodized aluminum-based
housings provide a rugged solution for use in the designated VPX card space as
determined by the standard, or can be used as a stand-alone solution outside
of the VPX architecture.

“Fully compliant with the ANSI-ratified 66.1 specification, the compact VITA
66.1 optical MT backplane solution ensures VPX system engineers optimal
simplicity in design and functionality,” adds Matus.

For more information about the Molex VITA 66.1 ruggedized optical MT backplane
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for a number of markets including data communications, telecommunications, and
consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, medical, military and lighting.
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