Rugged Interconnects for Harsh Environments eBook

USB-C cables can handle significantly more power than traditional USB cables, which are limited to 5 watts. USB-C cables improve the power capability to 25 watts. The military is quickly adapting to USB-C for applications, especially as USB-C ports are already found in the latest laptops and phones. Ultimately, durability, size, cybersecurity, and versatility are five military trends that will pave the way for the future of harsh environment connectivity. Reducing size and weight in military equipment, combined with the increasing demand for faster data exchange rates in telecommunications, is essential on the battlefield and in military installations. In addition, cybersecurity is crucial for protecting military networks from enemy attacks. Finally, the military needs versatile connectors. Connectors such as the new USB-C, with its small interface, high data rate, and easy insertion into a military connector shell, are ideal. Small form factor rugged connectors that can withstand harsh environments, and are high-speed and lightweight, will enable more effective military equipment designs in the years to come.

VERSATILITY The military needs versatile connectors. The USB-C interface is expected to become popular in military equipment as a new generation of devices come into use. USB-C has a very small interface, achieves a high data rate, and can be inserted into a military connector shell. Compared to the USB-A interface, USB-C, a high-speed connector, is much more compact and comparable in size to micro-USB connectors. The new USB-C cables double the data transfer rate that traditional USB cables can achieve, increasing the data rate from 5 Gb/s to 10 Gb/s. PlugLock and CapLock Amphenol Socapex is the first to manufacture plug and receptacle caps that lock in place for MIL-DTL-38999 style connectors. CapLock and PlugLock add yet another level of security and will only unlock with specifically designed tools.

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