Designed as an alternative to the D-subminiature connector, Souriau’s new microComp Quicklatch is a 100% composite miniature quick connector suitable for use on in-flight entertainment (IFE) screens aboard commercial aircraft. It is 32% smaller and 45% lighter than a D-sub and can save as much as the equivalent of the weight of one passenger on modern civil aircraft.
Released six months ago, the microComp Quicklatch is already being used on Airbus A350, A380 and A330 aircraft and Boeing B747, B787 and B777 aircraft and production of the connector is expected to double each year.
The miniature design of the microComp Quicklatch is in particular the result of Souriau”s expertise in composite injection moulding and optimisation of contact retention systems. This miniature design, coupled with the use of composites, makes the microComp Quicklatch currently one of the lightest connectors available on the market.
Fitted in passenger seat backrests, the microComp Quicklatch is compatible with Gigabit Ethernet networks and sends signals to each video screen. Its nickel coating ensures the highest protection against lightning and electromagnetic interference and its design and shielding level allow it to support up to four 100 Mbps Ethernet lines with excellent performance.