TE Connectivity (TE) recently announced its new Fortis Zd LRM connector system, a modular connector system for next-generation packaging for avionics boxes to military ground vehicles. It features a rugged, lightweight multi-bay shell that accepts high-speed digital signal, power, radio-frequency (RF) and optical modules.
The Fortis Zd LRM connector system provides interconnections based on designs and technologies from other TE products in mil-aero applications, including mini-box contact interface per MIL-DTL-55302. The modular design with common bay size makes the connector system easy to configure for specific application needs and allows designers to position modules where required. The Fortis Zd LRM connector system is suitable for a variety of applications including avionics, electronic warfare, radar interface, vehicle mission computers, communication hubs and weapons targeting and control.
The connector system utilizes high-speed Fortis Zd modules that support data rates up to 12 Gbits/s. High-power modules support 55A per contact, and low power modules support 15A per contact. The housing is made of high-temperature thermoplastic, with lightweight aluminum shells with trivalent chromate conversion coating. The power, RF and optical modules utilize the interface designs that have been utilized in VPX applications. TE's Fortis Zd LRM connector systems can withstand 500 mating cycles and an operating temperature range from minus 65° C to 125° C.