Eager to expand its growing footprint, U.S.-based AirBorn is showcasing its range of specialized connectors and electronic components for OEMs in the field of Military/Defense, space and commercial aerospace. Among the products being highlighted is SAOC, the first space-rated active optical cable that the company claims has the capability to disrupt traditional space electronics systems. Faster than cooper, the cable, which was a culmination of five years of development and testing, was introduced in 2019 and offers increased data rates and signal distance. Another advantage of the SAOC is that it reduces weight and space needed for cable bundles compared to traditional copper cables, thus significantly decreasing launch weight.
The technology behind the SAOC has been adapted into a ruggedized version for military and commercial aerospace applications. The Rugged AOC (RAOC) allows OEMs to develop high-speed applications without needing to design in ruggedized fiber optical transceivers.
The RAOC enables engineers to combine cable assemblies into a single fiber optic cable, cutting weight and installation time. The technology can also be added to any existing AirBorn connector.
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