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VITA 66 connector

It is a standard for optical backplane interconnects in the VPX (VITA 46) ecosystem.

This connector is designed to be particularly rugged and reliable, to withstand the challenges of harsh environments.

Moreover, its scalability allows it to support a wide range of optical connector types and configurations, thus meeting the needs of various applications.

It also boasts high density, supporting up to 24 optical channels per connector (and 48 with 2 MT ferrules).

Now let’s consider 66.1 and 66.4 versions of this connector as they have a particularity. Indeed, they are designed integrating the PRIZM® MT ferrule from US Conec, which is provided with expanded beam technology.

How does it work ?

Expanded beamEach ferrule end is fitted with a lens. The first lens expands the signal, which is then recollimated by the second lens.

There are numerous advantages.

One significant benefit is increased durability. The connector parts do not contact each other, reducing mechanical stress from mating cycles.

This design simplifies cleaning and maintenance, as it is less fragile than physical contact connectors. Additionally, its reduced sensitivity to dust can be attributed to the increased ruggedness of the lenses.

Are you ready to embrace an expanded beam solution?

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