Opto-Electronic Interconnect Solutions for Aerospace and Other Harsh Environments

Harsh-Environment Photonic and Fiber Optic Technologies — leveraging MIL-DTL-38999 (M29504), Series 80 Mighty Mouse, GFOCA, ARINC 801, MIL-PRF-28876, MT and other high-performance connector technologies — for Ethernet, Digital Video, High-Speed Data, and Signal Aggregation

Opto-Electronic Interconnect Solutions

Up to 10 Gbps and Beyond

Opto-electronics (also referred to as photonics) are various forms of optical transceivers / receiver assemblies, copper-to-fiber media converters, "active" connectors and cables and other devices used to convert digital electrical signals in electronic equipment into optical signals for high-bandwidth, long distance transmission. In aerospace and other demanding environments, opto-electronics are ruggedized for resistance to temperature extremes, vibration and shock.

Commercial and military avionic platforms, as well as in-flight communications and entertainment systems, flight displays, and data servers for aerospace applications increasingly rely on high-performance, harsh-environment opto-electronic modules that convert electrical-to-optical and optical-to-electrical data streams at rates from 1 Gbps up to 10 Gbps and beyond.

The harsh environmental requirements of commercial and military aerospace (temperature extremes, vibration and shock, EMI shielding, hermetic packaging and so on) are not adequately addressed by commercial-off-the-shelf fiber optic interconnects and transceiver/receiver assemblies. Many other applications also require opto-electronic modules that can operate in harsh environments including spacecraft, military ground vehicles, navy ships, above-ground and sub-sea oil and gas production plants as well as collider physics and nuclear plants.

The need for ruggedized photonic packaging in aerospace systems, as well as increased focus on reduced weight and small form-factor technologies, has led Glenair to develop a revolutionary new opto-electronic (photonic) product series that provides photonic transmitter and receiver functions, fiber-to-copper media conversion, and signal aggregation that can integrate directly into interconnect wiring systems.

These harsh-environment interconnect technologies – leveraging MIL-DTL-38999 (M29504), Series 80 Mighty Mouse, GFOCA, ARINC 801, MIL-PRF-28876, MT and other high-performance connector technologies – reduce size and weight, and improve the performance of Ethernet, Video and High-Speed Digital in commercial and military avionic applications by leveraging the strengths of both electrical and fiber optic transmission media.

Glenair offers both standard catalog solutions, as well as the integration of electronics or opto-electronics into rugged custom packages and cable assemblies per customer and application requirements.

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Digital Opto-Electronic Transceivers, Transmitters and Receivers

Size #8 Cavity Opto-Electronic Transmitter and Receiver Contacts

Size #8 Cavity Opto-Electronic Transmitter and Receiver Contacts

1.25 mm ARINC 801, 2.5 mm ELIO®, and 1.25 mm LuxCis® integrated solutions
Patent Pending
PCB-Mount Transceivers, Transmitters and Receivers

PCB-Mount Transceivers, Transmitters and Receivers

Surface-mount opto-electronic interconnect/board assemblies for rugged vibration and shock applications
Opto-Electronic Connectors and Modules

Opto-Electronic Connectors and Modules

Series 80 Mighty Mouse and MIL-DTL-38999 type connectors and accessories with integrated transmitters and receivers
Patent Pending

Copper-to-Fiber Media Converters

Ethernet Media Converters

Ethernet Media Converters

Electrical/fiber optic Ethernet Media Converters leveraging D38999 Series III, Series 80 Mighty Mouse, Glenair GFOCA hermaphroditic, and 28876 power, signal, and fiber optic connectors
Video Media Converters

Video Media Converters

Electrical/fiber optic Video Media Converters leveraging D38999 Series III, and Glenair High Density (GHD) power, signal, and fiber optic connectors
Aggregated Signal Media Converters

Aggregated Signal Media Converters

Multiple signal type aggregation to high datarate fiber optics

RF over Fiber Media Converters

RF Over Fiber Media Converters

RF Over Fiber Media Converters

  • Antenna Signal Distribution
  • Ground Terminal & Intra-Facility Links
  • Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems
  • Phased Array Antenna Systems

Ethernet Switches

Rugged Ethernet Switches

Rugged Ethernet Switches

Unmanaged and SMART (customer configurable) Ethernet Switches and Breakout Cables. Standard connector interfaces include high-performance size-and-weight-saving Glenair Series 805 Mighty Mouse and M28876 fiber optic connectors.