Cliff Electronics add BNC Connector to “SLIMS” range of Narrow FeedThrough Connectors


Widely used for RF, Test and Measurement and Security

Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors and test equipment, announce the addition of a BNC connector version to their popular SLIMS FeedThrough Connector range. Widely used for RF, Test and Measurement equipment and security systems the BNC version is available in both 50Ω and 75Ω impedances.






The narrow form factor of Cliff’s SLIMS range is widely used by audio, broadcast, data and communications systems manufacturers in the USA and becoming more popular in the UK and rest of Europe for increasing panel density and for products being exported to North America. Other applications for the new SLIMS BNC FeedThrough connector include education and laboratory devices.

Cliff’s SLIMS connector rage offers a more compact alternative to their very popular 26mm wide XLR form factor product range, the new SLIMS connectors are just 19mm wide allowing up to 20 to be mounted in a 1U, 19” rack panel, rather than just 16 of the existing XLR design.

Designed and manufactured in the UK, other SLIMS versions available are the widely used data connector types RJ45, HDMI and USB 2 and 3. Supplied in either a black plastic shell or nickel silver metal, SLIMS connectors may be mounted to the front or rear of control panels, have assembly options of 3.2mm plain holes, countersunk holes or 2.5mm plain self-tap holes. The mounting holes are on the central vertical axis of the connector.

Cliff’s FeedThrough connectors allow standard, off the shelf, connecting cables to be used for internal connectivity, simplifying and speeding up system assembly and facilitating easy repurposing of equipment.

Leaders in the design and manufacture of FeedThrough connectors, Cliff’s wide range of XLR form factor types allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast (studio and mobile), lighting, audio, medical diagnostic and treatment equipment, PoE and industrial applications, instrumentation and control connectivity.

The most popular connectors in Cliff’s FeedThrough range are CAT 5e RJ45, CAT 5e Shielded RJ45, CAT 6 RJ45, CAT 6 Shielded RJ45, HDMI Female – Female, USB 3.0 A-A, USB 2.0 B-A and USB 2.0 A-A. All widely used in data and audio-visual applications.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, says” The new BNC version of our SLIMS FeedThrough connector opens a wide new marker for us in RF, wireless and security systems. Our FeedThrough connectors allow systems designers to integrate many different types of connector on to a standard 19” rack panel with just one type of cut out and use off the shelf connecting cables, greatly simplifying assembly.

The complete range of standard and FeedThrough connectors available from Cliff may be found on their website at and are available from major international distributors.

For more information call +44 (0)1737 771375, email or visit

LightCONEX Optical Interconnects for OpenVPX and SOSA-aligned Applications


Optical plug-in and backplane module connectors compatible with VITA 66.5 draft standard





Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically differentiated connectors, cable assemblies, fibre optics and radio frequency components has announced the release of its new LightCONEX® optical plug-in and backplane module connectors compatible with the VITA 66.5 draft standard and aligned with the SOSA™ Technical Standard for VPX systems within rugged embedded computing applications and sensor systems.

The Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA™) Consortium is developing a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture, based on key interfaces and open standards established by industry-government consensus.  Smiths Interconnect has been a leader in the VITA 66.5 standard development under OpenVPX and is an active member of the SOSA™ consortium, which references the VITA 66.5 draft standard.

Building on the recognized reliability and robustness of the optical modules of Smiths Interconnect’s Reflex Photonics® technology, LightCONEX active blind-mate optical interconnect system is a revolutionary solution for VPX systems that incorporates an optical transceiver into the plug-in module connector. The optical interconnect meets military standard requirements for shock, vibration, and harsh environmental conditions.

Tullio Panarello, Vice President and General Manager of the Fibre Optics and Components Business Unit at Smiths Interconnect, commented: “The LightCONEX family of optical interconnects is the answer to the stringent size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements of today’s SOSA-aligned Defence applications. It offers flexibility, light weight, very high bandwidth, and forward compatibility with developing standards, while addressing the challenges of high bandwidth port density and volumetric density on the plug-in card”.

The LightCONEX blind-mate optical interconnect system includes a fixed plug-in connector and a floating backplane connector compatible with the VITA 66.5 standard. The low-profile plug-in transceiver connector is screw-mounted on the board edge through an electrical interposer, saving board space and eliminating fibre cable handling. The backplane connector has a spring-loaded MT to ensure a secure MT to MT mating connection under extreme shock and vibration conditions.

LightCONEX VPX optical interconnects offer the following differentiating benefits:

  • Increased volumetric density by incorporating 10G or 25G edge-mounted transceivers into the plug-in interconnect
  • Port bandwidth density of up to 700 Gbps full-duplex in a half-width aperture
  • Easy VPX board assembly and rework by eliminating fibre pigtail on edge-mount transceiver
  • Rugged interconnects capable of 500 mating cycles and qualified to MIL-STD-1344A for shock and vibration

SOSA is a trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries.


ODU Connectors Medical Device Regulation (MDR) in the EU


The Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which came into force on May 27, 2021, changed the requirements for manufacturers that supply medical devices to the market in the EU.

The goal of the new regulation is to increase the quality and traceability of medical devices.

Accordingly, the MDR requires medical device manufacturers to meet all relevant regulatory requirements before they can bring their product to market.


In this context, the requirements refer to the medical device itself; for example, the inclusion of accompanying information and instructions for users. In addition, the technical documentation, classification, approvals, and other issues must all be ensured.


As a specialist supplier of connectors for medical applications, ODU supports our customers with complete technical documentation, providing certified qualification and validation information in compliance with DIN EN 13485:2016,” says Mathias Wuttke – Business Development Manager for the Medical Technology Division.

This includes product information in the form of technical data sheets, test reports, and labelling of products or units.  “Furthermore, we pay attention to product-related topics such as patient and user protection, and implement them in compliance with IEC60601-1 and 

we can also implement Unique Device Identification (UDI) by laser marking.”

Additionally, In the event of any alteration to products that require a new risk analysis we communicate relevant changes to our customers “For this purpose, we have set up a dedicated office within the company to provide specific information in response to manufacturers’ inquiries.” says Mathias.

Cliff 4mm Shrouded Panel Sockets mate with shrouded or unshrouded plugs


Cliff Electronics, leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectivity solutions, manufacture PCB mount 4mm shrouded sockets

which can mate with both safety shrouded and unshrouded plugs. The right-angled design reduces strain between the PCB and the lead, increasing reliability and product lifetime.







The sockets are suitable for a wide range of applications including automotive diagnostic, industrial, medical, music industry, instrumentation, education, and bench and hand-held electrical testing equipment.


The Cliff range of 4mm test sockets are designed for mating with industry standard 4mm plugs and available in black, red, green, blue, brown and yellow. Contacts are gold plated socket and rated at 1000V, 24A, CAT III.


John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “4mm connectors are a low cost, simple to terminate and reliable connectivity solution for a very wide range of applications in the electronics, electrical and music industries.”


Cliff Electronics can supply jack sockets, DC power connectors, terminal binding posts, test connectors and leads, optical jacks and leads and waterproof connectors and are leaders in the design and manufacture of standard and FeedThrough connectors which mount into an industry standard XLR, 23mm cutout.


Cliff’s full range of standard and FeedThrough connectors may be found on their website and are available from major international distributors. For more information call +44 (0)1737 771375, or email