SOSA-Aligned Interconnect Solutions for Embedded Military Electronics

By Mike Ball / 14 Oct 2021
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SOSA-aligned connector solutionsTE Connectivity (TE) has confirmed that several of the company’s connector solutions align with the newest release of The Open Group Sensors Open System Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard 1.0. SOSA uses OpenVPX architecture to help ensure interoperability, improved SWaP-C (size, weight, power and cost), and rapid technology upgrades for military embedded systems in platforms such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and UGVs unmanned ground vehicles).

TE is a member of The SOSA Consortium, a global collaboration of industry and government agencies that developed the standard to transition sensor systems to an open systems architecture. The company’s active role in the organization allows them to develop interconnect technologies that support the roadmap for next-generation sensor systems.

The company offers a variety of SOSA-aligned interconnect solutions in its product portfolio that push the bandwidth envelope and offer high-speed board-level interconnect design, high density RF optical interfaces and higher power connectors. These include MULTIGIG RT 3 VPX connectors which support 32+ Gb/s signaling, the high-density NanoRF and optical connector modules, as well as the high-density MIL-DTL-38999 optical interconnect at the panel. All these solutions are expected to be deployed in sensor systems and supporting platforms across all major US military branches.

Franck Kolczak, senior manager of business development for TE’s Aerospace, Defense & Marine Division, commented: “The evolution of these standards is being driven by the demand for increased bandwidth and faster data speeds. To meet this rising demand, TE has worked closely with leading systems developers like The SOSA Consortium to develop interconnect technologies that not only endure in harsh aerospace, military and battlespace environments but also provide the space, weight and power savings that are still required.”

Michael Walmsley, global product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense & Marine Division, said: “We excel when we bring our customers and our engineering teams together to collaborate and develop new, innovative solutions for rugged high-speed system connectivity, like we are with The SOSA Consortium. For TE, it has given us the opportunity to create and optimize newer interconnect technologies, as well as to support the industry by bringing our innovative thinking and expertise to the table to prepare for the evolution of the generations of systems to come.”

To find out more about TE Connectivity’s solutions that align with the SOSA Technical Standard, visit their website.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact