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Interview: Miniaturized Electronics for Mission Critical Military Applications: Technology Trends and Design Considerations

This webinar will teach attendees about small form factor connectors and help them understand the design considerations when building aerospace, military, and defense applications. We will discuss market trends and specific technologies such as UAVs and soldier worn equipment.

Date: February 15, 2024
Time: 12 PM EST (9 AM PST / 6:00 PM CET)
Duration: 1 hour
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From mission critical air or ground operations, the size, weight, reliability, and performance of electronic connectors can impact the success and safety of soldiers. As defense technology advances, there is a growing demand for small form factor (SFF) connectors that combine the same power, data, and signal rates as larger MIL-Spec connectors like the D38999, into a compact lightweight and rugged solution without sacrificing performance.

With these requirements, global standards and data rates are constantly adjusting to ensure that soldiers have access to the latest and most efficient communication systems on the battlefield.

During this webinar, experts at ITT Cannon and PEI will discuss critical technology trends and SWaP (size, weight, and power) design considerations for applications ranging from dismounted soldier systems, wearables, and power distribution systems.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand overarching market trends in military and defense applications
  • Explore small form factor connector solutions and discuss their relevance in the industry today
  • Review design considerations for these types of interconnects


Andy Milner, Product Manager, PEI-Genesis

For over a decade, Andy Milner has been with PEI-Genesis working in the Product Department. In this time, he has become a seasoned expert in various markets, including military, aviation, industrial, and medical. As a Product Manager, Andy is responsible for bridging the gap between customers, engineers, sales representatives, and manufacturing partners. He must ensure everyone is aligned to help customers and support the business.

Paul Alpers, Business Development Manager, ITT Cannon

ITT’s Paul Alpers has supported the harsh-environment electronics market for the past 35 years, with the last 17 years at ITT Cannon. Throughout his tenure, he has worked in various Engineering, Product R&D and Sales/Marketing disciplines that have focused on the aerospace, military, and space markets. Currently, Paul co-leads ITT’s New Product Development (NPD) team and supports ITT’s engagement with various interconnect standards committees (i.e., SAE, AEEC, SOSA, VITA, etc.). In his Business Development role, he meets regularly with various military and aerospace system designers to gather current and future trends that help shape ITT’s product and technology roadmaps and strategic vision. Paul holds BSEE and MBA.