LightCONEX 12+12 blind mate optical interconnect for VPX embedded computers

LightCONEX 300G active blind mate optics

The LightCONEX revolutionary active blind mate optical interconnect for VPX embedded computing systems, consists of a plug-in module connector and a backplane connector compatible with the VITA 66 standard. A LightABLE optical transceiver is directly integrated into the plug-in module connector, saving board space and eliminating fiber cable handling. The backplane connector is a low profile drop-in replacement for the VITA 66.4 standard but includes springs to ensure a secure MT to MT mating connection under extreme shock and vibration.

Side-by-side LightABLE LGA and LightABLE LGA 12+12 on 3U VPX board.

Side-by-side single 12-lane active module and 24-lane active modules on a 3U VPX board.

The LightCONEX is offered with a 12-lane transmitter, a 12-lane receiver, a (4+4)-lane transceiver or a (12+12)-lane transceiver in commercial or industrial operating temperatures. Each lane operates at up to 12.5 Gbps.

VPX board with VITA 46 and LightCONEX plug-in connectors.

3U VPX board with VITA 46 and LightCONEX plug-in connectors.

VPX backplane with LightCONEX blind mate optic

ELMA 3U VPX backplane with LightCONEX backplane connector.

VPX board with VITA 46 and LightCONEX plug-in connectors.

Close-up of the LightCONEX 12-lane plug-in module connector.

VPX backplane with LightCONEX 12+12 blind mate optic

Close-up of the LightCONEX 24-lane backplane connector.

Specifications and features

Module connector features

  • Rugged: MIL STD 883 compliant
  • Moisture resistant: sealed
  • Compact transceiver (L×W×H): 23 mm ×14 mm ×5 mm (12-lane), 32 mm ×14 mm ×5 mm (24-lane)
  • Bandwidth: 12.5 Gbps/lane
  • Temperature: –40 ºC to 100 ºC
  • Reach: 300 m, OM3 fiber
  • BER: 10–15
  • Low power consumption: 1.4 W per module (12-lane), 2.8 W per module (24-lane)
  • Data interface: CML
  • Board mount: LGA connector

Backplane connector features

  • VITA 66.4 drop-in replacement
  • Spring-loaded MT ferrule (12-lane or 24-lane)
  • Coarse and fine mating alignment
  • Low profile: 10 mm height
  • Compatible with 12-lane or 24-lane OM3 or OM4 fiber ribbon cable

Applications

  • VPX single board computers
  • All digital AESA radars
  • High I/O density, high BW communication links
  • ISR embedded systems

LightCONEX® is developed in partnership with Amphenol Aerospace

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