New Rectangular Connectors for Harsh Environments

The connectors are designed to MIL-DTL-38999 standards and are lightweight with a small form factor By Mike Ball / 25 Oct 2022

Rectangular connectorTE Connectivity has expanded its 369 connector series with the addition of new shielded rectangular panel and PCB connectors for environments that demand ambient EMI noise protection. These rugged connectors incorporate the benefits of the 369 series and create opportunities with additional applications such as ethernet, power distribution and mixed signal/power devices. The lightweight, small form factor design makes them ideal for platforms such as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and unmanned systems.

The new rectangular connectors have been tested to withstand indirect lightning strikes of 3.6ka and are rated to provide effective shielding of greater than 60 DB at low frequencies and greater than 40 DB at high frequencies. Their EMI protection technology is wrapped in a lightweight, non-toxic (RoHS-compliant) composite nickel shell that can lead to up to 75% weight savings. The 369 series shielded connectors enable various ethernet protocols and speeds up to 10Gbs. They are also backward compatible with current 369 product offerings.

Clint Schlosser, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division, commented: “The combination of shielding technology with the existing 369 connector series enables a huge range of potential applications for the 369 series beyond commercial aerospace. Designed to MIL-DTL-38999 levels of performance, 369 series connectors are ideally suited for harsh aerospace and military environments like military aerospace, fighting vehicles and military ground vehicles.”

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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