TE Connectivity Launches New Optical Modules for Embedded Systems

The NanoRF modules feature high-density RF and optical connections and are designed for VPX-based embedded computing systems in defense applications By Mike Ball / 10 Mar 2022

TE Connectivity NanoRF modulesTE Connectivity has introduced a new range of optical hybrid modules for VPX-based embedded computing systems in defense applications that require increased bandwidth and radio frequency (RF) signalling. The NanoRF series modules feature high-density RF and optical connections and are ideal for radar, electronic warfare (EW) missile guidance and tactical communications, along with any other small footprint applications where high-frequency RF and optical signals are critical.

The NanoRF optical hybrid module’s cable mechanical transfer (MT) and edge-mount transceivers provide additional modularity and options for implementation. Intermateability and interoperability among VPX suppliers is accomplished by multiple slot profiles and connector modules added to the VITA 65.0 and VITA 65.1 compliant backplanes and board-level profiles. The NanoRF optical hybrid modules are being defined in the VITA 66.5 draft standard, planned for release in 2022.

TE’s strategic design includes a floating insert on the backplane side which contains both NanoRF contacts and optical MTs. This allows precise alignment of the RF contacts and MTs before engagement, enabling the highest density within a VPX slot. The connector modules have a rated frequency of 85 GHz, a mechanical temperature range of -55°C to +125°C and are available in basecard and mezzanine edge mount or cable options.

Clint Schlosser, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division, commented: “The new NanoRF optical hybrid modules make it possible to meet the need for open systems architecture while providing increased bandwidth and RF signaling capacity for C5ISR systems. This new functionality offers the defense industry the flexibility, longevity and reliability their aerospace and ground systems require.”

“The NanoRF optical hybrid module product line is the result of a close relationship between TE’s RF and fiber optic engineering teams. As bandwidth and density demands continue to increase, I anticipate even more innovative designs for our customers in the future.”

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