Meritec's Hercules Interconnect System embedded in the rugged circular MIL-DTL-38999 Series III shell provides both a durable and high bandwidth interconnect scheme suitable for many Military, Aerospace and ruggedized high bandwidth applications not previously accommodated by industry standards.

With the rapid emergence of high-speed switched serial fabric backplanes in the rugged embedded computer market, a need was created for a connector system capable of supporting serial I/O at full bandwidth between platforms. New backplane architectures are supporting link speeds in excess of 5 Gb/s. The desire of system designers to implement these speeds and to operate independent boxes or platforms at full system bandwidth requires a new generation of high bandwidth (10 Gb/s) ruggedized I/O connectors. The VITA 76.0 standard addresses The HERCULES Interconnect System, that will support this bandwidth (>10 Gb/s) while also meeting the necessary signal density emerging in the ruggedized embedded ecosystem.

Meeting protocols such as USB 2.0 & 3.0, IB, SAS, SATA, Serial I/O, PCIe, dependent on the shell size; you have many build options. While running at 10Gb/s per pair with up to 44 differential pairs, you do the math.

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Features and Benefits:

  • Supports data rates in excess of 10Gbs and differential pair signaling with low-skew pairs & shielding for maximum EMI/RFI protection

  • Cable types available: 4X High Bandwidth cable with LSZH or PVC jacket & FEP insulated 28 Awg Twin-ax w/ Halar Expando

  • Meets or exceeds SAS, InfiniBand, USB 2.0 & 3.0, PCI Express Gen2, Serial I/O, Ethernet, CX4, 10G Ethernet and SATA specifications

  • Rugged light-weight aluminum MIL-38999 Series III size 9, 17, 23 threaded coupling circular shells. (sizes 11, 13, 15 under development)

  • Keying: “N” Standard, “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” Special Ordered

  • Optional connectors available for both cable assemblies & pigtail assemblies

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