TE Connectivity (TE) is offering new insert arrangements for its ARINC 600 Next Generation Receptacle connectors. Designed for commercial and military avionics for air-to-ground communications, in-flight entertainment and collision avoidance, these connectors are able to deliver significant cost and weight savings.
New insert arrangements that support cost and weight savings include: 60 position for Size 1 ARINC shells; 100 and 150 position for Size 2 and Size 3 ARINC shells and 120T2 and 68Q2 position for Size 2 and Size 3 ARINC shells.
The ARINC 600 Next Generation Receptacle connectors are lighter and more cost-effective because they use a stamped and formed contact system as opposed to the traditional, screw-machined contact system. The stamped system allows for selectively plating only the critical socket contact tines with gold instead of the whole contact, decreasing gold-plating costs. Weight is also reduced by changing to hollow contacts instead of the solid contacts used in the legacy design. In addition moving to a monoblock insert simplified the production process, saving even more.
“Since TE Connectivity first launched the ARINC 600 Next Generation Receptacle connectors in 2010, many commercial and military avionics equipment makers have adopted our stamped and formed signal contact design, realising significant cost savings as well as additional weight savings for their equipment,” said Kim Whitman, Product Manager, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine, TE Connectivity. “Our customers are benefiting from a 10 to 40 percent reduction in cost and up to 10 percent in weight savings per connector.”
The connectors are completely intermatable with existing ARINC 600 plug connectors and deliver equivalent performance as traditional ARINC 600 connectors. TE offers a solder-tail version for complete backwards compatibility with legacy printed circuit board designs. The press-fit (eye of needle) compliant tail version is available for future box designs.