In time, components in electronic systems are replaced by the next generation of more technically capable components, resulting in the obsolescence of the earlier devices. This is a natural progression, but by implementing a standardized, structured approach, such as VITA technologies, that maps out the next electronics evolution, you can effectively guard against, or at least prolong, such obsolescence.
Technology for optical interconnects is vital in the industry, since processor speeds are outpacing copper wires for bandwidth and latency among devices, including VPX. During our recent interview, Gerald Persaud, VP Business Development at Reflex Photonics, told me this is a solvable problem, even in the harsh environments of military and outer space.
The emergence of IoT in cloud computing and the demand for 4G and 5G networks worldwide are driving the increased use of optical transceivers in a wide variety of applications: business, government, industrial, academic, and cloud servers in public and private networks.
Visitors to Reflex’s booth were surprised by the small size of the LightCONEX active optical blind mate connector for rugged VPX computing and commented that this is the first solution to solve the many real-estate challenges for small rugged embedded computers.
Gerald Persaud, V.P. Business Development at Reflex Photonics was given the opportunity to participate in a VITA expert roundtable. Different questions were being answered by the roundtable experts. Here are Mr. Persaud's answers.