mag-Net® offers invisible power and data connectivity with incredible ease-of-use, dependable reliability, improved mobility and superior human factors


TT Electronics - mag-Net Soldier wearables


UK, – TT Electronics, a global provider of engineered
electronics for performance critical applications,  launched its mag‑Net® soldier
connector, the world’s first and only C4I2 MIL-spec connector specifically
designed for textile mounting. Unlike circular barrel connectors, mag‑Net® is a
robust, flush rectangular solution with a self-aligning, automatic magnetic
latching system that enables the easiest‑ever, one-handed blind mating. This
system will be showcased by TT Electronics at the AUSA Exposition in
Washington, October 3-5, 2016.


Intended for equipment connection
to soldier-worn garments and load-carrying systems, the mag‑Net® design
provides mechanical latching with no moving parts for reliable, jam-free
operation. Together with an ultra-lightweight, no-bulk design that maximises
mobility and eliminates cable snag hazards, mag‑Net®’s abrasion-resistant, flush-flat
receptacles are virtually self-cleaning and require no protective caps, ensuring
maximum durability and full environmental-sealing, both in mated and un-mated
conditions. The 8-way contact configuration supports power up to 8A and USB 2.0
high-speed data transmission. Cable plugs can be oriented to allow for cable
entry in any direction.


TT Electronics’ beta and alpha
testing of the mag‑Net® connector system has received very positive reactions
from various military authorities and the manufacturers of rugged equipment.
These include: “This is clearly the next generation, it makes all other soldier
vest connectors look stone age” and “I think that this really is the future”.


The garment
part of the mag‑Net® connector
system comprises two elements: A low-cost, garment cage made of thermoplastic,
which is strong, durable and chemical resistant, can be easily and securely
sewn into clothing by garment manufacturers who may not necessarily be skilled
in the integration of expensive wearable electronics. This non-polarised cage
provides an aperture into which the second element, the connector receptacle, can
be fitted with the desired orientation. The receptacle itself features a ruggedised,
lightweight shell and thermoplastics carefully chosen to provide maximum
abrasion resistance. The magnets are fitted under the front face of the insert,
which is flush to allow easy finger-wipe cleaning, while removable sides in the
backshell enable cable or e‑textile entry from 4 possible directions. Once
terminated to the wiring harness, the receptacle is introduced into the cage
from behind.


The mag‑Net® plug connector can be
fitted to equipment such as personal role radios (PRRs) or batteries, providing
a direct connection to the vest. Plugs feature ‘pogo’ spring contacts, machined
from copper alloy, for high mating cycle resilience and easy cleaning, with an
optional first-mate, last-break contact configuration. At the rear, PCB tail
contacts provide for flex-print or regular PCB termination. An ‘O’-ring gasket
and blind holes ensure environmental sealing when the plug is fitted into an equipment
box or enclosure. For cable connections, an over-moulded flying lead assembly,
which is fully EMC shielded to MIL‑STD‑461 and Def Stan 59‑411, delivers
best-in-class ergonomics and minimises snagging. Cable plugs can be
over-moulded to match any colour requirement including Multicam®, MTP and
Coyote. Both equipment and cable plugs are available in either latching or
non-latching versions and the standard garment receptacle can accept either


key performance parameters for the mag-Net® soldier connector are:


  • Endurance
    5000 mating cycles
  • Operating
    temperature of -40°C to +80°C
  • IP68
    (3 metres for 1 hours) mated/unmated
  • Corrosion
    resistance 500hrs salt fog
  • Contact
  • Fluid
    and shock resistance to MIL-STD-810G
  • RoHS,
    REACH, WEEE compliant

mag-Net® is available now from TT
Electronics, please contact
or visit 


See TT Electronics and mag-Net® at


2016 AUSA Annual Meeting and
October 3-5,
Walter E.
Washington Convention Center