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Interview - 5 Reasons to Consider Micro-D Connectors for High Speed Data Connectivity

Micro-D connectors are utilized widely throughout the defense industry since first developed 50 years ago. The mechanical design has withstood the test of time and has unique characteristics that should be considered by next generation designers.

Originally presented: May 10, 2024
Duration: 1 hour
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Traditional wired connections are crucial for high-speed data transfer in many mobile applications that experience shock and vibration beyond the capabilities of RJ45 connectors. Micro-D connectors with twist pin contacts offer a solution. They maintain a compact size and weight while exceeding military-grade shock and vibration standards. The 9-position version supports 10GBaseT data rates, while the 15-position version tackles a wider range of protocols commonly used in existing hardware.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand why Micro-Ds with twist pin contacts are a highly durable connector design that has served military applications with 50+ year lifespans.
  • Learn how Micro-Ds can reliably transmit high speed data.
  • Discover the benefits of Micro-Ds as high-speed connectors.


Brad Taras, Senior Product Manager, Cinch Connectivity Solutions

Brad Taras is the Cinch Connectivity Solutions Senior Product Manager for C-ENX, Dura-Con, and CIN::APSE product lines. He has a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor's Degree in Material Science and Engineering from University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign. Taras has been a product manager in the connector industry for over a decade after starting in the industry as a design and manufacturing engineer. His experience as an design engineer in the military industry goes back to 2001.

Dean Phillips, President / Innovation Strategist, Longevity Industries / LINK Systems

Over the past 34 years, Dean Phillips has been a leader in the technology sectors and the world of smart manufacturing. His is a continuous advisor to the smart manufacturing advisory committees with Society of Manufacturing Engineers and PMA Precision Metalforming Association. Phillips has been a speaker on IoT, AI, robotics, VR and AR. He is the creator of reality safe, a VR / AR safety training solution for manufacturing, working with Purdue. Phillips has spent the majority of his time advancing IoT, maintenance and safety to be more predictive and develop outcome based solutions. He has been on the board of directors for SME and an advisor for TTU, MTSU and TCAT. He has been a contributing lecturer on big data and it’s value and need for artificial intelligence to filter the information into actionable items. Phillips provides safety and development to cobot users and assists universities to outline expectations from manufacturers.