Large 10Gb/s Bandwidth electrical connector technology and process of producing same.

Period of Performance: 01/01/2002 - 12/31/2002


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Tolmie, Inc.
204 Brand Farm Dr.
So. Burlington, VT 05403
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Vermont
33 Colchester Ave, 201 Votey Bldg
Burlington, VT 05405
Institution POC


A new technology for the manufacture of 10Gb/s electrical/electronic connectors. The new manufacturing process has the potential of producing a low cost, large bandwidth,high dentsity of contacts in a robust and thermally tolerant package. The connector is Metallic and is extruded in a coniguous housing having multiple cavities for a plurality of contacts. Thus the rectangular connector is survivable in harsh EMI, thermal and mechanical enviornments. The Phase 1 program will deliver drawings, a mechanical mock-up and computer simulated electrical performance. In this manner Phase 1 will produce required material for a successful Phase 2 where working prototypes and preproduction connectors will be produced. The proposed electrical and electronic connectormeets sever military requirements and andd have low production costs for commercial applications. the proposed technology has the potential of high connector througput at low component cost. additionally, the technology has the potential of significant performance at lower cost then conventional connector manufacturing technology.