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Reliable optical card-edge (ROC) connector for avionics applications
Author(s): Bruce V. Darden; Richard J. Pimpinella; John Dennis Seals
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Paper Abstract

The Reliable Optical Card-Edge (ROC) Connector is a blind-mate backplane unit designed to meet military stress requirements for avionics applications. Its modular design represents the first significant advance in connector optics since the biconic butt-coupled connector was introduced twenty years ago. This multimode connector utilizes beam optics, micro-machined silicon, and a floating, low mass subassembly design to maintain low coupling loss under high levels of shock and vibration. The ROC connector also incorporates retracting doors to protect the unmated termini from environmental contamination and abusive handling. Design features and test results for the ROC connector are presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2295, Fly-by-Light, (4 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.188854
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce V. Darden, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Richard J. Pimpinella, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
John Dennis Seals, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2295:
Eric Udd; Deepak Varshneya, Editor(s)

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