Smiths Connectors is now Smiths Interconnect


March 31, 2014

Ruggedized High-Speed D-Subminiature Series

An EMI Shielded Rugged D-Sub that is Space Qualified

Smiths Connectors, a world-leading provider of high-performance interconnect solutions for the most demanding applications announced today the introduction of its hand-tooled high-speed ruggedized D-Sub series with tool back shells and polarized jack post hardware.

This line of high-impedance connectors has been designed to ground the outer shield quadrax and twinax contacts directly to the shell of the connector. A compelling differentiator in the D-Sub mix is minimal RF noise and high durability of up to 1,000 mating cycles in addition to the multiple point contact engagement that provides vastly superior EMI shielding. To ensure that the correct high-speed connectors are mated to address specific wiring requirements and keying functions, a keyed jack post has been incorporated into the design. The six-positioned keyed jack post allows for 36 possible keying combinations assuring that the correct high speed rugged D-Sub plug is mated to the correct high speed receptacle.  Non-keyed jack post versions are available to customers as well.

Aside from meeting and exceeding all requirements of MIL-STD-202 for shock and vibration, the size 10 contacts are 30% smaller than that of the standard size 9 for tight space constraints. These contacts deliver the same performance in a significantly smaller package size. 

"The trends toward smaller footprints and higher density are proliferating across all segments of the global marketplace"

states Gabriel Guglielmi, Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Smiths Connectors.

“We have put a great deal of thoughtful planning into the D-Sub and have designed it to be rugged, versatile and with the functionality that is required to address the ever-changing changing needs of the customer base.”

He adds,

“Where many others in the industry held a collective view of D-Sub as being a mature product that did not allow for further improvement, we at Smiths Connectors viewed it as an opportunity to enhance and make it an even more viable and dependable interconnect solution.”

The D-Sub connectors feature ease of assembly, a leading-edge production tool method as well as stringent quality inspection. In addition to those features, the D-Sub series comes with a robust and comprehensive training package.

Smiths Connectors is delighted to be a participant at this year’s Space Tech Expo tradeshow being held at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California from April 1 – 3. Smiths Connectors will be displaying the high speed rugged D-sub connector, as well as other offerings from its solutions suite, in booth # 4031


Smiths Connectors is a leading supplier of application-specific, high-reliability electrical interconnect solutions from highly integrated assemblies to microminiature connectors and spring probe contacts. Connectors is comprised of Hypertac, Sabritec and IDI brands, which are synonymous with exceptional performance when critical applications require a technologically advanced, high quality, multi-pin electrical connection to ensure reliability and safety.

Alongside Smiths Microwave and Smiths Power, Smiths Connectors is part of the Smiths Interconnect division of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.