TE Connectivity (TE) announces its new PRO BEAM EB16 terminus has been named a finalist in the 2015 R&D 100 Awards under the IT/Electrical category. Founded by Advantage Business Media, the goal of the R&D 100 Awards is to identify and celebrate the top 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the past year.
The PRO BEAM EB16 optical termini help satisfy the demand for a reliable transfer of high data rates and provide a fiber optic alternative in applications formerly reserved for copper. Designed to fit MIL-DTL-38999 Series III size 16 cavities, the termini are a drop-in replacement for physical contact termini. Recently, TE’s PRO BEAM EB16 termini was chosen as the ARINC 845 industry standard for rugged optic applications within commercial aviation applications.
“TE’s PRO BEAM EB16 terminus has also recently been recognized by the Lightwave Innovation Awards as ‘a superb product that is setting a new standard for performance,’ so we are honored to be named a finalist of the R&D Top 100 as well,” said Earle Olson, business development manager, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine, TE Connectivity.
“TE is committed to being a leader in harsh environments, developing advanced, ruggedized fiber optics for use in commercial air, military and other harsh environment applications.”
The PRO BEAM EB16 terminus is a novel optical, non-contact terminus that uses the expanded beam (EB) concept to obtain a repeatable and reliable performance in a harsh environment. The field terminable optical termini are suitable for applications such as commercial air, military air, unmanned aerial systems as well as shelter and vehicle modifications.
“The new EB16 design uses a non-contacting, optical expanded beam system that helps eliminate the often damaging effects from vibration and shock, which can lead to the pristine polished fiber endfaces in physical contact to be compromised with signal degradation,” said the inventor, Soren Grinderslev, senior principal at Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine,
The termini’s ball lens physically expands and collimates the transmission signal into an optical beam with 30 times its original area to provide easier optical alignment, low sensitivity to contamination, and consistent performance over thermal changes. The beam is then refocused back down onto the core of the receiving fiber. Because the beam size is substantially expanded when traversing the mechanical interface, the signal will not deteriorate due to airborne contamination particles of the same size that could otherwise seriously affect the performance of the PC connection.