High-reliability connectors now available with fibre-optics

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High-reliability connectors now available with fibre-opticsHarwin is now offering customers the ability to include high-performance fibre-optic contacts within its Datamate high-reliability connectors. Until now, Datamate has been able to handle signal, power and coax contacts, but the new Datamate EBO-TEK connector is offered with two EBOSATM contacts, two power and four signal contacts, with range extensions coming soon. Connectors are available in a new mother/daughter board arrangement and a cable variant.

The Datamate EBO-TEK optical system is described as high-endurance and requires zero contact pressure to mate the optical contacts. The rear removable optical inserts are non–rotating and designed to ensure minimum insertion losses and optical stability. Moreover, the contacts are compact, self-aligning and facilitate simple mating; they also feature an innovative design that reduces sensitivity to particulate contamination, vibration and temperature changes. Users will appreciate the fact that minimal cleaning is required without impacting performance, and - unlike other fibre-optic systems - the Datamate EBO-Tek system does not require thorough inspection before mating.

Paul Gillan, Product Manager, comments: "After careful evaluation, we have chosen what we believe to be a superior fibre-optic contact technology which matches the requirements of our Datamate customers, who use our 2mm pitch cable-to-cable, cable-to-board and board-to-board connector family because of its high reliability under extremes of temperature, shock and vibration. As well as being a high-performance contact, the Datamate EBO-Tek optical fibre system is miniature and easy to use."

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