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Volume 15 Articles

ODUSmaller – Lighter – Faster

ODU offers compelling designs for countless applications with its ODU AMC® series

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ODU AMC® with Push-Pull locking.
ODU AMC® with Push-Pull locking.

From soldiers’ headsets and night vision devices, to radio and radar systems – ODU’s premium connectors securely and reliably transmit data and signals, making them useful in an extremely diverse array of applications in military and security technology. There have been many new developments on the world market over the past two years and just as many changes. Existing products were revised or redesigned, however, manufacturers’ and users’ requirements and requests remained the same: weight reduction, robustness, ease of handling and secure transmission of a high number of signals in the smallest available space. The technologies and the equipment must provide higher performance while also becoming smaller, faster and lighter at the same time. This trend towards miniaturization remains unbroken. The market’s special requirements that connectors must fulfill without compromise include use in harsh environments and maximum reliability. The experts at ODU have created the right connector solutions for every application in military and security: the ODU AMC series.

Exceeding customer requirements – the ODU AMC® series

Since 2012, the ODU AMC series has been used in applications such as SDTR military radio (Software Defined Radio) from Rohde & Schwarz. Its use in military vehicles is highly demanding – especially in terms of the transmission technology. The Mühldorf-based company solved these stringent requirements with its ODU AMC product range. The connector’s design reduces the size and weight of the end device due to their compact configuration. The robust ODU connector solutions meet all environmental requirements such as impact, leak-tightness, salt-spray resistance and use under extremely intense vibrations. The innovative push-pull locking ensures simple and quick, yet safe handling. “Our ODU AMC connector solutions offer many more advantages,” explains Günter Rohr, ODU Global Portfolio Manager. “With our broad range of products, we have served all interfaces our customers have requested. From the ten-pin audio interface to a 55-pin multi-I/O interface with up to one gigabit of data transmission or a power plug connection with hot-plug function, we provide our customers with all connector solutions straight from our own in-house production.” Due to its extensive knowledge and great production density, the electrical connector technology specialist can offer impressive performance and it can meet the customer requirements in a very efficient time manner.

One product range – countless applications

The ODU AMC series provides perfect connectors for any situation because it has a very broad product spectrum. ODU developed this connector range specifically for the requirements of the military and security sector and inspected them according to MIL standards. The ODU Advanced Military Connectors are extremely robust and sturdy – despite their small sizes and low weights. They are capable of withstanding the greatest of stresses and ensure secure transmission for at least 5,000 mating cycles. The blind mating and mechanical and color coding guarantee simple handling in use. In particular, the electrical connector technology exports score points over other manufacturers when it comes to flexibility. This allows the customer to choose between various locking mechanisms: push-pull or break-away. Both locking systems may be used at the same interface without having to replace the opposite side. You can then change connectors, if need be, at a later time depending on application. There is no need to make any changes to the end device. The ODU AMC Push-Pull provides quick and simple plugging, locking, and disconnection, even at difficult to access locations. The ODU AMC Break-Away can be disconnected with just a pull on the cable. This means that connections can easily be changed and disconnected within seconds. With both products, it is always clear whether they are locked or disconnected.

The ODU AMC Easy-Clean is designed as a Break-Away plug. But a secure connection is not the only thing that is important for reliable and complete signal and data transmission – the contacts must also be clean. The ODU AMC Easy-Clean can quickly be cleaned of mud, dust or slush, even under the most adverse conditions in the field. This is because the connector contacts lie flat when not plugged in, making them easy to clean. Both the plug (i.e. end of the cable) and the device component can be supplied in “Easy-Clean” version depending on the system requirement.

ODU AMC® Easy-Clean.
ODU AMC® Easy-Clean.

So much, so fast – ODU AMC® the “High-Speed” connector

Data technology is becoming ever more important, particularly in military and security technology. The goal: Transmit as much data in secure and protected form in the shortest possible time – any time, any place. In order to accomplish this, ODU provides the AMC series in a variety of models. In addition to the USB 2.0 version and the Ethernet models with transfer rates from 100 MBit to 10 GBit, the Mühldorf-based company also combines USB 2.0 and Ethernet transmission in a single connector. The ODU AMC series plug systems are smaller and lighter than the well-known MIL housing with RJ-45 inserts. The new ODU AMC High-Density miniature connector series is even smaller and lighter.

A new definition of miniaturization

With a diameter of less than 10 to 18.5 millimeters and a pole density of up to 40 contacts, the ODU AMC High-Density proves that functionality and premium-quality do not require a lot of space. Beside the multi-position signal connector, the new product series has different versions for power, signal and data transmission, which provide the highest performance and functionality in a compact package. One of the main features of the product series is the space saving ODU AMC High-Density for USB 3.0 data transfer at a rate of 5 GBit/s. The ODU miniature connector has a long service life of more than 5,000 mating cycles – even under severe environmental conditions like the impact of water, dirt, salt and temperature. Blind mating and optimized mechanical and color coding guarantee safe and simple handling. Through the Break-Away function, the reliable connection can be detached in an instant with a pull on the cable. The Break-Away function is available as part of the connector solution upon customer requirements.

ODU AMC® High-Density.
ODU AMC® High-Density.

Competence from under one roof

From contact technology to production processes, miniaturization constantly presents new challenges for manufacturers of technologically sophisticated connectors. Even the smallest of connectors have to ensure the reliable transmission of power, signals and data under the specific application conditions at hand. “Our strength is that we bundle all relevant competences and key technologies under a single roof,” explains Günter Rohr. “And our skills don’t stop at connectors.” ODU not only offers the connectors in the smallest dimensions possible, it supplies suitable assembling, molding at the cable connections, and link-ups for flex or circuit board solutions on the device side – for all ODU connectors. “With these system solutions, we guarantee our customers connection technology which is secure on both sides for integrating our premium products into their individual application,” says Günter Rohr as he highlights the main customer advantages.

Impressive performance in practical application

ODU AMC High-Density connectors are in high demand, particularly in Europe and the USA. The Mühldorf-based company and its ODU AMC product range is already represented in many cutting-edge products in these regions. The highly robust miniature connector has been tested under MIL standards and is covered by ongoing patent applications. It completes our existing product range and offers compelling performance due to its low weight, reliable transmission and simple handing, even under tough conditions. “Thanks to our expertise and tailor-made solutions, the ODU AMC product range ensure secure transmission in a diverse array of applications, and thus enables perfect connections worldwide,” emphasizes Günter Rohr.

The ODU Company Group: Global representation with perfect connections

ODU is one of the world’s leading connector systems suppliers and employs about 1,650 people around the world. Aside from the company headquarters at Mühldorf am Inn, the ODU Group has also an international production and distribution network in Europe, North America and Asia. ODU combines all relevant areas of competence and key technologies relating to design and development, machine tool and special machine construction, injection, stamping, turning, surface technology, assembly and cable assembly. The ODU group sells its products around the world and has an international distribution network. This includes seven sales companies in England, France, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, the USA and China, as well as numerous worldwide sales partners. Connections from ODU ensure reliable transmission of power, signals, data and media in numerous demanding application areas: in future-oriented growth markets such as medical technology, military and security technology, and energy, as well as in established sectors such as industrial electronics, measurement and testing, and automotive technology.


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