Forum addresses latest developments in signal integrity and rising importance of fiber optics

TE Connectivity (TE) recently presented at the 2015 Embedded Tech Trends Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Matthew McAlonis, new product development engineering manager, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine at TE, presented on the topic of “The Future of VPX Connectivity.”

As a presenter, McAlonis discussed how VPX architecture continues to sweep the world, dramatically elevating the capabilities of today’s cutting edge, rugged embedded computing applications.

“As data rates and protocols continue to advance, many design communities are interested in the future of VPX connectivity—how to get the most from their systems and when to consider migrating from copper to fiber optic connectivity,” said McAlonis.

The annual Embedded Tech Trends conference, which took place January 19th – 20th, 2015, is an industry-wide forum addressing relevant topics for those who design and develop boards, systems and software for critical and intelligent embedded computing. The theme for this year’s conference was “Kickoff to Super Technologies.” Also discussed at the conference was the rising importance and recognition of fiber optics as a near-term, high-speed building block in multiple forms, including the VITA 66.4 standard.

McAlonis is TE’s subject matter expert in high-speed rugged connectivity and PCB interconnects, compliant pin technology, and VME/VPX system solutions. He is one of several other TE subject matter experts available to answer technical questions and connect with at

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