Omnetics - The Evolution of Portable Military Electronics

Speedy manoeuvres, immediate data transmission, high quality surveillance and position intelligence are key elements in the active battlespace. The military is using support equipment that is driven by low voltage, low current high speed CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor), and/or GaN (Gallium Nitride) that process and transmit data at gigahertz speeds. Each application employs specifically designed rugged military cable and connector systems from Omnetics.

Omnetics' electronic cable and connector systems can help a wide range of instruments search for, collect, analyse and process critical information. Then, these systems distribute the information to command centres, the troops, or equipment in the field of action. For example, hand-launched UAVs with surveillance systems send information back to stations that can direct remote controlled artillery and avoid running into harm's way. Designers specify cables and connectors that adhere to SWaP (small, low weight with power) specifications and offer high signal integrity during high shock and the constant vibration experienced in UAV flight.

Omnetics offers a hybrid cable system including Nano coax and high-speed digital signals contained within one low profile Micro-D connector shell. In this case, the design also includes metal cable shielding and back-shell sealing to prevent Cyber signal intrusion. Field-based dismounted soldiers and/or land-based remote artillery receive critical information from this cable and connector system.

Ground troop electronic systems are being employed by future soldier technology. Personal data processing and storage arms the soldier with more instant data and decision-making capacity as well as position reporting. Omnetics offers a dismounted soldier personal interconnect system called "COBRA".

The COBRA interconnects power and signal routing of electronics into the soldier's clothing. It aims to meet the NATO Army Armament Group (NAAG) specifications that focus on Dis-Mounted Warrior programmes. The connector can slide through the standard MOLLE straps of a soldier's vest, attach to a standard MOLLE Strap, or integrate directly to the fabric. The eight contacts can handle five amps each on 24 AWG wire and are IP69 sealed in a mated state. The current NATO specification calls for USB 2.0, but fluid demands may require additional protocol support such as VGA, Ethernet, camera links, five gigabit digital signal routing, and others. The low profile connectors use plunger contacts for easy cleaning on the battlefield.

The use of high-speed instruments has greatly extended the accuracy of portable weapon efficiency. LIDAR instruments, for example, survey their environment using lasers to create an accurate depiction of the ground below. Omnetics designs weapon capable interconnect systems that match the higher speeds of these photo ranging and measurement scopes. The Black Diamond data and processing system worn by dismounted soldiers uses Omnetics' rugged circular cable and connectors. Signal quality is critical at USB high speeds and is contained within a field-qualified cable to handle the speed as well as survive the open environmental exposure of the battlefield.

Military space satellite systems used in surveillance and position management also often use Nano-D connectors from Omnetics. The Nano-D is small and lightweight, retains contact through shock and vibration, and is also sealed with low-outgassing polymers that meet the NASA space materials specifications.

Omnetics is a key source for rapid design and prototyping of interconnect systems and can offer rapid adjustments to fit specialty programme requirements in both connector and cable routing needs. Omnetics has worked directly with and supplied a number of military teams in the US and throughout the world.

Omnetics Connector Corporation is a connector design and manufacturing company with over 30 years of experience focused on Micro and Nano miniature high reliability electronic connectors and interconnection systems. Omnetics designs and assembles all of its products in a single location in Minneapolis that includes in-house machining and overmoulding equipment.

Omnetics' exclusive flex pin contact system is used in both Micro (1.27mm pitch) and Nano (.64mm pitch) connectors. The flex pin design ensures four points of contact and constant connection through high shock, vibration, and temperature changes. Omnetics offers connectors in many form factors: Micro and Nano Circular, Micro and Nano Strip, Micro-D (QPL approved to MIL-DTL-83513), Nano-D (QPL approved to MIL-DTL-32139), Polarized Nano, and hybrid configurations. More information is available at www.omnetics.com.

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Hand-launched UAV
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