Cliff Electronics extends VHDCI Cable Range


Shielded and EMC Cable protected for Defence, Aerospace and Space applications

Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors and test equipment, have extended their range of industry standard VHDCI (very-high-density-cable-interconnect) “Centronics” style cables to meet the requirements for interconnecting connecting instrumentation in industries such as Defence, Aerospace and Space

A new 0.5m length has been added to the existing range of 1 and 2 metre versions. Commonly known as a “Centronics” type data cable all are terminated with standard D-Shaped connectors.

VHDCI cables are used in high performance data transfer applications supporting the latest SCSI style interfaces as well as for connecting peripherals such as portable disc drives, RAID data storage, HIL (Hardware in the Loop) applications, tape backup drives and CD-ROM players as well as printers to computers. Although USB cables are now more commonplace, parallel cables are still required for many uses including connecting to legacy devices.

The VHDCI cable connector is very small and allows placement of four wide SCSI connectors on the back of a single PCI card slot. It uses the regular 68-contact pin assignment with the male connector (plug) on the cable and the female connector (“receptacle”) on the equipment panel.

Other key specifications include.

Operating current 0.5A maximum per contact.

Operating voltage maximum 30V AC (RMS)/DC.

Enhanced EMC Shield.

EMI protection, ferrite core: Ø17.5mm x 28.5mm x Ø12mm.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, says” Our new 0.5m length VHDCI cable meets the need for connecting equipment mounted in racks or other close proximity systems where it effectively becomes a patch cable. It will be welcomed by system integrators who need to keep interconnect cabling to a minimum”.

Cliff Electronics are market leaders in the design and manufacture of standard and FeedThrough connectors for audio, broadcast and industrial systems including Fibre-Optic.

Cliff is also a leading suppliers of jack sockets, DC power connectors, terminal binding posts, test connectors and leads, optical jacks and leads and waterproof connectors.

The full range available from Cliff may be found on their website at

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