Rugged, Miniature & Mil-Spec Connectors for UAVs, UGVs and Underwater Robots

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TE Connectivity (TE) is a leading provider of light-weight, compact interconnect, communications and power solutions for next-generation unmanned systems, including UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UGVs (unmanned ground vehicles), UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles) and ROVs (remotely operated vehicles).

Our advanced component and system design focuses on reducing size, weight, and power (SWaP) footprints and increasing ruggedness, resulting in enhanced unmanned systems performance in all domains, whether land, sea or air.

Connectors for UAVs, UGVs and UUVs

High Performance Circular Connectors

DEUTSCH 38999 Circular Mil-Spec Connectors

Rugged Circular Mil-Spec ConnectorsBased on MIL-DTL-38999 Series 3 military circular connector technology, the lightweight DEUTSCH Wildcat 38999 series features almost double the density of regular MIL-DTL-38999 connectors, with four housing sizes available between 11 and 64 contacts.

The fully sealed connectors have rear removable contacts and are available in a variety of plating and material finishes. A rugged triple-start threaded interface provides robust, high-reliability coupling and a high level of shock and vibration resistance.

DEUTSCH Micro Circular Connectors

DEUTSCH Rugged Micro Circular ConnectorsThe DEUTSCH Wildcat Micro Series is a lightweight and highly compact family of circular connectors, available in two housing sizes with four layouts of between 3 and 9 contacts. The robust connectors are available with either a bayonet mechanism or an anti-vibration triple-start threaded configuration.

Built for harsh environments, the rugged connectors feature extreme temperature, vibration and corrosion resistance, as well as reliable fluid resistance and dust ingress prevention.

CeeLok FAS-T Nano Circular Connectors

CeeLok FAS-T connectors provide 10G Ethernet data rates in a small form factor for SWaP-constrained applications, featuring crimp-snap contacts for easy termination and rapid field repairability.

The T-shaped contact pattern provides improved noise cancellation and decoupling for minimized crosstalk and increased signal integrity. The true 100-ohm impedance connectors are compatible with Cat 5e, Cat 6a and Cat 7 cables.

CeeLok FAS-T Nano Circular Connectors

CeeLok FAS-X Circular Connectors

CeeLok FAS-X connectors are designed for reliable high-speed performance in rugged military and aerospace environments, featuring MIL-DTL-32546.1 compliance and zero bit error rate. Superior impedance matching provides enhanced resistance to noisy environments.

The connectors are ideal for Gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as USB 2.0 and other high-speed protocols. They are available in either single-channel size 11 or quad-channel size 25 arrangements.

CeeLok Rugged Mil-Spec Circular Connectors

Modular PCB Connectors

MULTIGIG RT PCB Backplane Connectors

Modular PCB Backplane ConnectorsMULTIGIG RT backplane connectors are designed specifically for 20.30 (.800) or 25.40 (1.00) card pitch systems, featuring a modular design for maximum flexibility and high-speed data transfer rates of up to 25+ Gb/s.

Designed to meet VITA vibration standards, MULTIGIG RT connectors are idea for rugged, mission-critical applications such as data storage and communications systems.

Fortis Zd PCB Backplane Connectors

Fortis Zd is a modular high-speed connector system with multibay shells that accommodate digital signal, power, RF and optical modules. Lightweight aluminium construction and resistance to extreme vibration make the connectors ideal for drones and other unmanned systems.

Modules are easily mixed and matched, with 3, 4, 8 or 9 bays available as standard and other custom sizes available upon request.

Modular PCB Backplane Connectors

Mezalok PCB Board-to-Board Connectors

The high-reliability surface-mount Mezalok connectors are designed for stacking or mezzanine applications in rugged embedded computing systems, featuring VITA 61 compliance, excellent shock and vibration resistance, and speeds up to 16+ Gb/s.

The connectors incorporate a redundant Mini-Box system with four points of contact, and are available in 60, 114, and 320 positions with stack height options of 10, 12, 15, 17 and 18 mm.

PCB Board-to-Board Connectors

PCB RF Modules

Our backplane RF modules feature a blind-mate connection system with high-channel-to-channel isolation, ideal for high-performance, high-bandwidth applications such as UAV electronic sensing, electronic counter-warfare and processing.

Modules are available with 4 and 8 positions, and are designed to meet the requirements of VITA 67.1 and VITA 67.2.

PCB RF Modules

Power Connectors

Power ConnectorsOur unmanned power connectors feature 2 and 3 position wire-to-wire and wire-to-board configurations in power only, and 3 positions for mixed signal and power connections. Each power contact can handle up to 80 amps continuous, with 4 amps for signal contacts.

The connectors feature contact locks for vibration resistance, with optional latching and IP67 sealing available.

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