Smiths Interconnect expands its product offering for medical applications

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Hypergrip®Flex connectors offer a cost-effective design for standard cycle life applications

 

 

Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave and radio frequency products announced the extension of its Hypergrip® connector series for the medical market with the addition of the new Hypergrip® Flex connectors.

Hypergrip® is a well-known, patented and proven series of high reliability circular connectors specifically designed for the medical industry.

Thanks to its recognized market successes the Hypergrip series has established a strong reputation of reliability, versatility, and ease-of-use.

Smiths Interconnect has now enlarged the series with the Hypergrip Flex, ideal for most of the medical market applications including devices for patient monitoring, electrosurgical and endoscopic tools, catheters, home healthcare and portable therapeutic applications.

 

“The new Hypergrip® Flex embeds all benefits of the existing Hypergrip® connector within a cost-effective design for standard cycle life applications” says Mark Kelleher, VP and General Manager of the Connectors Business Unit at Smiths Interconnect.  “Our advanced keying system allows customers to build connectors with six different keyed versions of the same standard connector reducing lead time and inventory”.

HyperGrip® Flex is designed to meet medical industry requirements such as finger-proofing to IEC60601, flammability rated to UL94 V0, and compliance with most sterilization methods.

 

It is equipped with high density MR screw machined contacts, manufactured by high speed turning process and tested and qualified to ensure:

 

  • Low Level Contact Resistance (LLCR) compared to standard contacts available in the market
  • High density with 0,4 mm diameter socket contacts
  • Low insertion and extraction forces Connector mates and de-mates smoothly with low force reducing
  • Standard industry cycle life: the MR contact provides industry standard cycle life of at least 2K cycles, for general medical applications.
  • Lower Cost of Ownership: the machined MR Crimp contact allows for high volumes and lower costs with simplified “Crimp and Poke” assembly vs traditional nested solder contacts.
  • RoHS III compliant materials

Right-Angle Metal XLR Plugs from Cliff Electronics

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Rugged space saving connectors for audio, broadcast and instrumentation

 

Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectivity solutions can supply rugged, space saving and versatile right-angle metal XLR plugs.

 

 

 

 

 

Audio and broadcast applications include microphones, amplifiers, active and monitor speakers, mixing desks and sound cards, with further uses such as digital and SLR cameras and home AV systems, industrial and test and measurement products.

Male and female versions are available with 3, 4, 5 and 7 pins with flexible cable entry and screw down cable restraint. Reliability is assured with >/=2000 mating/unmating cycles, low contact resistance </= 5mΩ, high insulation resistance >/= 5000MΩ and withstand voltage of 1400V

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “XLR connectors have a wide variety of uses in professional and industrial applications. The right-angle construction meets the increasing pressure from systems integrators to reduce enclosure sizes without sacrificing reliability or flexibility. As a UK manufacturer we have the flexibility to respond to global demand direct to OEMs and through our distribution network.”

A new addition to the Advanced Military Connector range, the AMC® Series T offers three locking variants in one connector

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The ‘T’ stands for Three-in-One or ‘Triple’ as three locking variants of plug can fit the same receptacle:
• Push-pull
• Break-away
• Screw locking
The built-in trapezoidal thread with serration ensures additional safety.

 

 

 

 

Now OEM’s have a free choice of appropriate locking mechanism at each connection point, whilst retaining the same bulkhead connector across the equipment.

The new ODU AMC® Series T connector combines this increased flexibility and density together with proven durability and reliability – currently available in two shell sizes:

  • Shell size 9 with up to 10 contacts
  • Shell size 12 with up to 18 contacts

These contact densities are in shell-sizes that give space-envelope savings over comparable density MIL-DTL-38999M connectors, but with the same, or improved, technical performance.

The cable can use a standard MIL-M85049 back-shell, or an ODU over-mould.

Crimp contacts can be standard MIL-AS39029, or ODU design.

Key strengths:
• Protection to IP68 [testing to MIL-STD-810H]

  • High vibration resistance
    • Easy to assemble and install in the field
    • Operating temperature range from -65°C to +175°C
    • Available as a completely assembled system

 

As these connectors are impervious to water, dirt and dust and since the individual contacts can be replaced quickly and easily, the ODU AMC® Series T is particularly suitable for use in military, security, and communication technology, as well as for civilian applications such as heavy construction machinery and agricultural vehicles.

THE IEC 60601-1 Compliant ODU MINI-SNAP®

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Saves time, shortens approval procedures, simplifies risk management

The ODU MINI-SNAP® portfolio includes inserts that are specifically designed to comply with the levels of user and patient protection prescribed in the IEC Standard IEC 60601-1 (2 MOOP / 2 MOPP) – making them the first choice for anyone looking for a circular connector with a metal housing for medical applications.

 

 

 

 

Approval procedures to comply with IEC 60601-1 for electrical medical systems are highly complex.

So, involving ODU in the design-in process from the outset can both lower development costs and significantly simplify the risk management process.

Furthermore, lengthy approval procedures can be fast-tracked when components are already fully compliant with IEC 60601-1 upon delivery – yet another benefit of this connector.

Features:

  • Robust metal housing
  • Advanced electromagnetic shielding capabilities
  • High mechanical strength
  • Available in 3 sizes with a wide range of configuration options
  • Reverse-gender use possible
  • Up to 500 autoclaving cycles
  • Rated at 7A
  • Customized cable assemblies, with or without silicone over-moulding

Other IEC 60601-1-compliant products include ODU MEDI-SNAP® and ODU MINI-MED®.

Also, a white paper on IEC60601-1 is available: https://www.odu-uk.co.uk/downloads/whitepapers/

Neutrik Group announces global launch of REAN brand of audio, video and data connectors

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1 July 2021. The Neutrik Group has announced the launch of REAN, a global brand marrying over 45 years precision engineering know-how with the group’s own dedicated state-of-the-art production facilities.

REAN offers designers of audio, video and lighting products a comprehensive range of connectors featuring ultra-robust, high-reliability designs, that promise unrivalled cost-performance ratios, backed by a truly global supply-chain and experienced regional sales network.

An extensive worldwide portfolio of connectors incorporates a full range of ’standard’ professional XLR, ¼” Jack, XLR/Jack combo, Ethernet, Power Connector, 3.5mm, Phono, DIN, and Dual Banana plug solutions, and the new Z Series of IP65 rated XLR and RJ45 Ethernet connectors. These are specified for outdoor applications, resistant to water and dirt, and optimised for use in lighting and digital signage   applications.

 

 

 

 

 

Neutrik Group CEO Chad Trevithick stated: “REAN enables the group to bring its engineering experience and expertise to focus on a new, much broader client base, enabling those customers to more readily specify quality connectors across a much wider range of product designs, offering the end user a performance connectivity solution, industry trusted and globally supported.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product is now available from stock, with the range set to expand significantly over the course of 2021.

Neutrik issues NA2-IO-DPRO Controller V2.0

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Ryde, Isle of Wight, 29 June 2021. Neutrik has issued an update of its FOC Controller app for its compact, ultra-robust NA2-IO-DPRO I/O Dante® interface device, that enables connectivity of legacy analogue and non networked digital audio equipment within Dante audio networks, in the most demanding application environments.

The DPRO Controller gives users remote control of device functions such as level, mute, gain, phantom power, input signal (including patching input signals to either output) and low-cut filter; as well as monitoring the status of the device and providing the ability to change the its network settings. DPRO also enables save, recall and loading of user presets. V2.0 introduces a completely new device discovery mechanism that dramatically improves the response speed of the software and enhances the user experience by separating ONLINE and OFFLINE devices. For optimal performance DPRO Controller V2.0 should be used in combination with the latest (v9.14) firmware and the website download bundles the updated controller and firmware.

 

Cliff introduces FeedThrough MTP® Fibre-Optic Connector

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Secure through-panel connection for high-speed data transfer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors and test equipment, have introduced a new addition to their market leading FeedThrough connector range. The MTP®/MTO (multi-fibre push on) FT connector allows fast and reliable through-panel connection of standard 12-72 multimode optical fibre cables.

Demand for MTP®/MTO connectivity is being driven by the development of 40G and 100G transceivers with MPO ports commonly used for data transmission over short distances to connect ports in switches in data centres, and to connect multimode transceivers added to existing networks to other 10G host equipment such as routers, switchers, servers and storage.

To ensure reliable connectivity the connector body is made from black nickel-plated die-cast metal and the insert made from ABS/PC rated to UL94-VO, and features a restraining clamp for secure cable connection. For system security a dust cover is available for when the connector is not in use.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “The latest data processing technologies require the fastest transfer speeds and interconnects that can be relied on for trouble-free operation. Our new fibre-optic FeedThrough connector gives system builders an ideal solution for control and patch panel assembly and may be mounted on rack panels alongside other connectors from our wide FT range.”

The standard range of FeedThrough connectors from Cliff mount into an industry standard XLR, 23mm, cutout allowing 16 connectors, from a wide range of variants, to be conveniently mounted on 19” rack panels which Cliff can supply pre-assembled. Applications include audio, broadcast, AV and communications installations, medical, education and research and industrial control.

The recently introduced space saving DualSLIM FeedThrough connector series is just 19mm wide allowing 20 connectors to be assembled on a 19” rack panel. In addition to the applications above the DualSLIM is commonly used for NUC computers and mini-PCs, such as Raspberry Pi.

Smiths Interconnect Launches New Temperature Variable Attenuator

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SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® provides unparalleled gain compensation in K-Band

Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically differentiated connectors, cable assemblies, fibre optics and radio frequency components for demanding applications, announced the release of its SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® Temperature Variable Attenuator for gain compensation over temperature.

Specifically designed and tested for critical space flight applications, the new SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Series offers a highly reliable, totally passive solution to offset signal strength fluctuation due to changes in temperature – an issue that affects all RF and microwave systems. The attenuation shift over temperature is achieved using thick-film thermistor inks which are screen printed onto a ceramic substrate of Alumina. This key patented technology was invented in-house within EMC Technology, one of Smiths Interconnects’ technology brands.

Tullio Panarello, Vice President and General Manager Fibre Optics and Components at Smiths Interconnect, commented: “The SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® Series is Smiths Interconnect’s response to the increasing demand for high-reliability connectivity in commercial space programs, particularly GEO/MEO and LEO satellites. K2TVA is the newest addition to the SpaceNXT™ family, an overarching initiative aimed at providing a broad range of readily accessible space qualified COTS+ products for next generation space applications”.

“Our reliable and durable SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® attenuators help customers reach higher frequencies in the face of congestion in broadcast spectrums for wireless communications and when in orbit for communication satellites. They push the boundaries of Size, Weight and Power in a cost effective, easy to implement solution suitable for a wide array of space and defence applications.” added Eric Lakin, Vice President Finance and Strategy.

SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® offers the following benefits:

  • Each product is engineered using 3D Electromagnetic Simulation (EM) software to provide excellent TCA targeting. This aids in obtaining the best attenuation flatness and Voltage Standing-Wave Ratio (VSWR) within the specified frequency band.
  • The Thermopad® can be used in place of a standard chip attenuator to combine level setting or buffering and temperature compensation in a single-chip design. This reduces the component count whilst increasing reliability and lowering costs.
  • Using robust proven thick-film process technology on an Alumina substrate provides a product suitable for applications in harsh environment.
  • The Temperature Coefficient of Attenuation (TCA) is up to four times over the original KTVA Series, allowing RF designers even more precise temperature compensation.
  • Multiple attenuation values, temperature shift options and mounting configurations are available to support both surface mount and wire bond applications.

Cliff introduces USB-C Male to USB-C female cable

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Versatile cable supports Power Delivery (PD) charging, USB 3.1 5Gb/s data transfer speeds, can be used for Thunderbolt 3 video output and audio transmission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors and test equipment, have introduced a versatile USB-C male – female connecting cable which supports Power Delivery (PD) charging at 60 watts (20v/@3A), USB 3.1 (Gen 1) 5Gb/s data transfer speeds, and can be used as a video cable for 5k@60Hz video output (Thunderbolt 3) and for audio transmission.

When used in a system equipped with Cliff FeedThrough connectors, both the XLR and SLIM versions, the cable can be used to connect to a monitor in the same way as existing HDMI and VGA FeedThrough connector versions. Cable lengths available include 0.3, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5 and 2m

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “USBC ports are now appearing on many new devices including monitors, laptops and flash drives, and 25 % of new cars are predicted to have them by 2025. Major mobile phone manufacturers are now designing USBC connectors into their latest models enabling high speed charging and a one cable solution for charging.”

The new Cliff USB-C cables can be used with a wide range of Cliff USBC XLR and DualSLIMS footprint female to Male FeedThrough connectors, available in metal or plastic and with many assembly options.

New flash-drive added to ODU AMC® military connector range

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This new Flash Drive adds an additional layer of physical security to defence systems, or any other devices that operate independently in a harsh environment.

Unauthorised access via a standard USB device is prevented by the special ODU interface using a proven, miniature push-pull, high-density, military-grade connector.

These connectors have an ultra-rugged design, robust mechanical and visual keying, and now with Flash Drive, can offer controlled access to enable extra secure back-up and storage of data in harsh environments.

 

 

 

 

Key features

  • USB® 3.2 Gen1x1 performance (Read 180 MB/s / Write 133 MB/s)
  • these ODU-specific connectors can transmit common data transmission protocol USB® Gen1x1, but are not USB® standard.
  • robust keying with visual indicator
  • protection class IP68 / 69K in mated condition
  • temperature range -40°C to 85°C
  • long durability & high degree of reliability

Neutrik audio network solutions adds Gigabit PoE injector

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Ryde, Isle of Wight, 31 May 2021. Extending the capabilities of it’s compact, ultra-robust Dante™ audio network interfacing modules, Neutrik has introduced the NPS-30W Gigabit Power over Ethernet power supply, addressing the ever increasing requirement for PoE injectors with the first ever such device optimised to operate in the harshest stage and field applications.

The NPS-30W PoE injector behaves as a passive power supply, delivering constant uninterrupted power, with no requirement for power negotiation with connected devices. The NPS-30W PoE partners the new NA2-IO-DPRO and NA2-IO-DLINE I/O interface devices that enable connectivity of legacy analogue and digital audio equipment within Dante audio networks, in the most demanding application environments.

With a 30 W PoE budget, up to four of these I/O Dante interface devices can be daisy-chained off of a single NPS-30W; this makes the NPS-30W ideal for applications such as ambient miking.