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Design, fabrication, and testing of an optoelectronic interface connectorized module
Author(s): Jeffrey T. Benoit; Richard R. Grzybowski; Robert A. Rubino; Leon A. Newman; Christopher V. Fields; John A. DiDomenico; Andrew J. Donofrio
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Paper Abstract

As efforts to include fiber optic technology in aircraft flight control electronics have progressed, the need has arisen for a compact optoelectronic interface with an integral multipin optical connector. The United Technologies Research Center optoelectronic Connectorized Module (CM) was designed and built to satisfy this need. This paper will discuss the background, design, fabrication and testing of a completed Connectorized Module. The prototype CM is a four channel speed sensor interface that incorporates established ceramic multichip module (MCM-C) technology with optical emitters and detectors and a multipin fiber optic connector. This combination of technologies yields a compact and rugged interface module. In addition, the CM removes optical fibers, and their associated difficult to repair pigtails, from within the electronic control box. The CM achieves this because: it contains all necessary optoelectronic circuitry, has integral electrical and optical connectors, and is mounted directly on the electronic control box wall, not on an internal circuit board. Although this CM is a speed sensor interface, the flexible nature of MCM-C technology will enable a wide variety of sensor and data communication interfaces to be implemented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2295, Fly-by-Light, (4 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.188855
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey T. Benoit, United Technologies Research Ctr. (United States)
Richard R. Grzybowski, United Technologies Research Ctr. (United States)
Robert A. Rubino, United Technologies Research Ctr. (United States)
Leon A. Newman, United Technologies Research Ctr. (United States)
Christopher V. Fields, Pratt & Whitney (United States)
John A. DiDomenico, Hamilton Standard (United States)
Andrew J. Donofrio, Hamilton Standard (United States)

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

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