ODU Fibre Optics for reliable optical connections

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Whenever the highest data rates and fast, interference‐free transmissions are needed, our high‐performance optical technologies deliver quality and stability, serving a wide and demanding range of applications, with a portfolio of solutions including:

■ Expanded Beam technology for harsh environments and high mating cycles.

■ Physical Contact technology for up to 1,000 mating cycles.

■ Fibre only or hybrid versions.

■ Singlemode or multimode fibre

The Expanded Beam technology is an enhanced fiber optic solution, offering high-end transmission characteristics over many mating cycles. The excellent optical insertion and return loss performance remains unchanged, even under mechanical stress and harsh environmental conditions.

Physical Contact solutions are cost‐efficient optical connections that meet all standard requirements for fast and reliable data transmission, characterised by very low insertion loss, which makes up to 1,000 mating cycles possible.

We offer these as ready‐made complete assemblies

ODU Fiber Optic products are ideal for medical technology, industrial outdoor applications and mass-interconnect scenarios. These technologies are available in circular and modular connectors and can also be supplied as a customised fully-assembled fibre optic system

Learn more about the ODU Fibre Optic range and let our experts advise you:


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 https://www.cliffuk.co.uk/products/feedthrough/index.htm and are available from major international distributors.

For more information call +44 (0)1737 771375, email end_of_the_skype_highlightingsales@CliffUK.co.uk or visit Cliffuk.co.uk

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.


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 www.cliffuk.co.uk and are available from major international distributors. For more information call +44 (0)1737 771375, or email end_of_the_skype_highlightingsales@CliffUK.co.uk

ODU Connectors Robust docking solution with high mis-alignment compensation


The ODU-MAC® Silver-Line includes modular connectors for docking systems.

A new addition to the line-up is the P4+ frame, which effortlessly overcomes tolerance compensation challenges, ensuring a durable interface for at least 100,000 mating cycles.





The P4+ frame at a glance:

  • Compensation : axial 1mm, radial +/- 4mm
  • Mounted floating on both sides
  • 100,000 mating cycles minimum
  • Optional grounding up to 10 mm²
  • No minimum order quantity
  • Cable assembly included

Eight robust frame types are available in the ODU-MAC® Silver-Line and the new P4+ frame offers an impressively increased tolerance compensation with a radial play of +/- 4 mm, ensuring optimal compensation for mis-alignment – now making even more extreme centring tasks possible.

Modular and ready for immediate use

The docking frames are available in custom lengths to suit the required modules, thus allowing the transmission of different media via a single connector. Choose a combination of signals, power, high-current, high-voltage, RF signals (coax), air or fluids, data transmission, and fibre-optics. Get your hybrid connector as a complete solution including cable assembly – your interface will then be ready for immediate use.

Robust in any environment

Uses for the P4+ frame include docking applications in industry, test & measurement engineering, as well as end-of-line testing and mechanical engineering.

One obvious use, for example, is as a charging interface for autonomous vehicles or for automatic docking during battery replacement. Furthermore, these ODU-MAC® Silver-Line frames have already proven their durability and robustness in military vehicles

Easy to handle ODU MEDI-SNAP® now also in size 3.5


The ODU MEDI-SNAP®  has proven itself as a reliable, touch-proof solution for demanding applications in medical technology, test & measurement and industrial electronics.





Now, in the new size 3.5, this classic connector offers hybrid technologies as well as high-density solutions, and at the same time is flexible enough to allow rapid adaptation to customer’s individual needs.

Hybrid, high-density, flexible

The signal-only version accommodates 41 contacts, while hybrid inserts offer signals in combination with power and fluids. Customized solutions for media such as coax or fibre-optics also possible.

Key features:

  • Maximum performance in the smallest installation space
    • Space for up to 41 signal contacts
    • Media such as signals, power and fluids combined in one interface
    • Solutions for coax and fiber optics also available
  • User-friendly, safe and reliable due to
    • Easy connection by push-pull locking system
    • Highest patient protection according to IEC 60601-1: 2 MOPP, 2 MOOP
  • High flexibility
    • Wide variety of media inserts and pin layouts due to modular design
    • Optional PCB termination for high-density apps enables easiest assembly
    • Various options available: Sealed/unsealed straight plugs in combination with sealed/unsealed receptacles for front/rear panel mount
  • Minimal possible weight due to plastic housing

ODU also offers flexible complete systems consisting of push-pull connectors, cables with matching termination and optional labelling.

Whatever your application, ODU-UK Ltd can help solve your connector problems – why not get in touch: sales@odu-uk.co.uk or www.odu-uk.co.uk or tel: 0330 002 0640

New Cat5e RJ45 Feedthrough Connector and Plug Carrier from Cliff Electronics has protection to IP65 for rugged applications


Cliff Electronics, leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectivity solutions have added a new Cat5e RJ45 Feedthrough Connector to their very successful FT range which all fit into an industry standard XLR connector 24mm diameter panel cut out. In addition, a compatible, secure, snap-in lockable XLR style Plug Carrier is available to facilitate the connection of an RJ45 plug (not supplied) or cable assembly.

The new Cliff RJ45 FT Jack is a rugged nickel-plated diecast zinc metal construction offering protection to IP65, providing a dust tight and water-resistant connector for rugged applications and is supplied with an integrated dust cover for continued protection when not in use. Rated at Cat5e the socket is suitable for both Fast Ethernet (10/100) and Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) data communications.


Widely used in IT systems, consumer and audio/broadcast products Cliff’s female RJ45 Feed Through Ethernet sockets meet the wiring standard for using an 8P8C connector as defined in Part 68 of the FCC rules and are generally mounted directly on a device or on an I/O patch panel. The all-metal design reduces the effects of EMI, has a dielectric strength of 1K VDC, frequency range from 1-100MHz, contacts are rated at 1.5A/50V, lifetime is greater than 1000 mating cycles and operating temperature range is from -30°C to +80°C.


John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “Wired Ethernet networks remain popular in both industrial and domestic environments as they can offer more stable, interference free and faster data connection than wireless and reduce the risk of data being hacked. Our FeedThrough RJ45 Jack has a wide variety of applications for safe data connectivity for OEMs around the world and brings another variant to our very flexible FT connector range.”


Cliff are leaders in the design and manufacture of standard and FeedThrough connectors which 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.


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

Smiths Interconnect launches new PCB connector for rail and industrial applications


Intercompact Series optimized and qualified for next generation Electronic Control Units

Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave, optical and radio frequency products for demanding applications announced today the release of its new Intercompact Series, a light weight, compact signal and ethernet PCB connector solution designed and qualified to provide a stable connection in demanding rail and industrial applications.


The Intercompact Series is Smiths Interconnect’s answer to the rail and industrial market growing demand for compact, high-speed, and reliable connectivity for ECU boxes, in the respect of severe material and electric current requirements.


“The new generation of Electronic Control Unit boxes requires a sophisticated interconnect solution able to support steadily all I/O signals​ that the advanced devices handle.“ said Mark Kelleher, Vice President and General Manager of the Connector Business Unit at Smiths Interconnect. “The new Intercompact Series is designed to offer a dependable interconnect solution that is more compact than those currently available in the marketplace, offering significant space and weight savings to our customers” he added.


The Intercompact Series is an innovative solution for PCB to PCB and floating mouting rack and panel applications currently offered in both signal and Ethernet versions.

Designed to meet the requirements of the rail and industrial environments, it is also suitable for other demanding markets such as defence, space and test & measurement.


The Intercompact Series offers:

  • 60 and 41 way signal configurations with Hypertac® Hyperboloid contacts.
  • 42 ways signal and 1 or 2 high speed quadrax 100 Ohm contacts as Ethernet versions. Additional contact positions can be offered depending on the specific application requirements.
  • Compliance with the main European Railway standards (EN45545-2, NF F61030, EN50155:2017, STM-S-001ind.D and more).
  • Compliance with MIL-C-28748 and MIL-STD-202-301 standards and EIA and IEC standards for Contact Resistance and Environmental
  • Insulators in Liquid Cristal Polymer material for an optimized insulation resistance in severe environmental conditions.

NEUTRIK extends fiber optic connectivity solutions with FIBERFOX


14 December 2021. The Neutrik Group has announced the addition of the FIBERFOX range of expanded beam technology connectivity systems to NEUTRIK’s portfolio of fiber optic solutions.






Designed to meet the requirements of MIL-DTL-83526 military specifications – enabling multiple interconnections with other expanded–beam solutions – the NEUTRIK FIBERFOX Fiber Optic Connection System is the ideal solution for use in harsh environments, with performance of the expanded beam fiber optic connectivity being exceptional in wet, dirty, dusty, high and low temperature environments.


Effectively maintenance free with a theoretical unlimited lifetime, FIBERFOX can withstand in excess of 10,000 mating cycles without maintenance or insertion loss and can be cleaned using just clean water and a lint-free cloth. IP68 compliant – certified waterproof up to a depth of 6m – the connectors feature a screwed locking mechanism.


Capable of both front- and rear-mounting, the connector eliminates the need for adaptors and female and male mating halves. The system is available in 2-channel and 4-channel variants, with either configuration compatible with the other configuration, and other MIL-DTL-83526 specified systems.


FIBERFOX offers considerable technical and market advantage across a vast array of applications including AV networking, lighting, touring sound and event production, video, broadcast, and in wider industrial and strategic sectors including defence, security, transportation and petrochemicals.


HARTING’s Han® 1A: flexible power, signal or Ethernet connections in tight spaces.


Simplify the installation of your machinery, automation and transportation cabling and connectivity.

HARTING’s Han® 1A connector is designed for power, signal or data transmission via a single compact design format housing. The range comes with angled or straight bulkhead mounting, as well as a panel surface mounted fixing frame for cable-to-cable mating.  All achieved through its snap-in latch/lever locking mated plastic IP20/IP65 housings.

The Han® 1A can accommodate power (10A to 16A @ 400V), signal (0.5A / 48V to 4A / 250V) and Ethernet data (M12 Cat 5 D-Code or Cat 6A X-Code insert) connection solutions, minimising BOM requirements and allowing lower piece stock costs.  It also simplifies interface panel design through one standard panel cut-out. Snap-on colour coding clips allow part differentiation.

The Han® 1A Ethernet data version offers significant advantages over recognised M12 cabling solutions whilst allowing the use of their industry recognised and proven inserts.

The inline free or cable to cable mounting frame mating allows the M12 Cat 5 D-Code or Cat 6A X-Code inserts to be mated without the optical alignment concerns of the normal M12 housing connectors.  Hence, they offer the benefit of easier handling in tight, difficult to access spaces. This can be particularly beneficial behind thin panels in applications such as train carriage cabling.

Another key advantage for such transportation applications is that the cable-to-cable housings offer either IP20 snap-in latch or an additionally vibration resistant IP65 lever locked mating solution.

Finally, you get the extra benefit of saving weight per mated pair, thanks to the lightweight plastic housings, thus supporting the reduction of the train’s carbon footprint.

For more details on the Han® 1A connector range please visit: https://www.harting.com/UK/en-gb/solutions/han-1a

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


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.