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TE Connectivity Introduces Half-Size VITA 66.4 Module for Embedded Computing

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – July 20, 2016 –TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, announces its new Ruggedized Optical Backplane interconnect systems that provide a high-density, blind-mate optical interconnect in a backplane/daughtercard configuration. The half-sized connectors are fully compliant to the ANSI/VITA 66.4 standard.

“As the industry expands its use of fiber optic solutions in higher bandwidth applications, TE continues to support the VMEbus Industry Trade Association (VITA) in the rugged embedding computing market,” said Rod Smith, global product line manager, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine, TE Connectivity. “The VITA 66.4 platform is the latest innovation to enable fiber optic solutions for harsh environments.”

The new fiber optic ribbon cable interconnect feeds through the backplane to removable system modules using MT ferrules. The VITA 66.1 modules are full width and accommodate two MT ferrules, and the VITA 66.4 modules are half width and hold a single MT ferrule. Two VITA 66.4 modules can fit into the same space as a VITA 66.1 module.

Designed for rugged embedded computing applications, the optical modules are compatible with VPX and other high-performance standards. The protective cover is made of anti-static material, and the connector mounting screws contain a pre-applied anti-vibration material to help withstand vibration. The modules have an operating temperature range of minus 20 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius and can withstand 100 cycles, as tested per EIA-455-21.

For more information on TE’s Ruggedized Optical Backplane interconnect system, contact the Product Information Center at 1-800-522-6752 or visit

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TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today’s increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what’s possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 72,000 people, including over 7,000 engineers, partner with customers in close to 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS –


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