Shielded panel and PCB connectors fly free of commercial aerospace

TE Connectivity has added shielded products to its 369 connector family. The shielded panel and PCB connectors expand harsh environment capabilities beyond commercial aerospace, said the company.

New additions are the 369 shielded rectangular panel and PCB connectors for environments that demand ambient EMI noise protection. These connectors incorporate the benefits of the 369 series and create opportunities with additional applications such as Ethernet, power distribution and mixed signal / power devices.

Combining shielding technology with the existing 369 connector series enables a huge range of potential applications that go beyond commercial aerospace ones, explained Clint Schlosser, product manager for TE’s aerospace, defence and marine division.  The MIL-DTL-38999 369 series connectors are suitable for harsh aerospace and military environments like military aerospace, fighting vehicles and military ground vehicles, he added.

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 60dB at low frequencies and greater than 40dB at high frequencies.

EMI protection technology within a lightweight, non-toxic (RoHS-compliant) composite nickel shell can result in up to 75 per cent weight savings. The 369 series shielded connectors enable various Ethernet protocols and speeds up to 10Gbits per second. They are also backwards-compatible with current 369 product offerings.

The features on the shielded panel and PCB extensions complement the 369 series connectors’ versatile design and are engineered to save space, added the company.

TE Connectivity offers a broad range of connectivity and sensor products which are proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. 

The company’s 85,000 employees include more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries.

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