Offer high-frequency coax contact density in a rugged modular package for reliable RF performance in harsh environments

By Alex Pluemer, contributing writer

TE Connectivity
recently unveiled a new series of NanoRF modules and contacts that the company
claims provide twice the density of standard VITA 67 RF modules for VPX embedded
computing applications. The nanominiature coax contact design enables smaller packaging
and saves space by using smaller contacts and a higher RF contact density in a
multi-position module.

modules can support 18 RF contacts or higher, while half-sized modules can
support up to 12 RF contacts. Customers have the option to customize contact
count and position.


The NanoRF modules
feature blind-mateable, float-mounted backplane contacts that support
box-to-box or module-to-module architecture. They also offer a floating insert
on the backplane side with guide features to pre-align the contact array before
they engage, which ensures reliable mating and consistent RF performance for up
to 500 mating cycles, said the company.  

“NanoRF offers
outstanding high frequency coax contact density in a rugged modular package,
which is ideal for providing reliable RF performance in harsh environments,”
according to Mike Walmsley, global product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense
and Marine division. “It has been tested to VITA 72’s high vibration standards
and is ready for VPX open architecture under VITA 67.3 — with a roadmap for
expansion into other high-density packages.”

TE’s Nano RF
modules are designed to support 0.047-inch coax cable but can implement a
variety of other cable types per application requirements. All contacts are optimized
for signal integrity and support frequencies of up to 70 GHz.

modules can be purchased from the TE store.