New high frequency solution for extreme applications
Since late February, LEMO has expanded its M Series portfolio, a global benchmark for extreme environment connectors.
The new compact LM.232 has been specifically designed to meet the most demanding solutions for high frequency connections in the most adverse conditions. There are many potential applications : 5G or WiFi networks, embedded systems for military communications, radars, UAV and anti-drone technologies…
The solution comprises up to 12 coaxial (50 Ohm) contacts providing for a maximum high frequency transmission of 26.5 GHz. Developed entirely in-house, these contacts make it possible to reduce both the volume and the weight of connectors (30% lower than equivalent solutions). Quick and safe blind mating as well as colour-coding make it easy-to-use.
Just like other M Series connectors, the LM.232 is outstandingly sturdy. It withstands extreme operating temperatures (-50°C/ +200°C), shock, vibration, and humidity. It is also available in a watertight version (IP68 when mated) or with a threaded backshell (MIL-DTL-38999L).
A customer has already benefitted from the many advantages of the LM.232 for a critical application : a mobile VPN communication platform. Its small module/box is connected to several public network operators (4G or 5G) and generates an encrypted network ensuring reliable and safe communication between specific users.
In a similar way, the speed, reliability, ruggedness and ease-of-use of LM.232 connectors could be decisive for multiple applications in contemporary battlefields, where soldiers, drones, vehicles and various sensors collect and exchange increasing amounts of data in real time.