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4 October 1994 Design, fabrication, and testing of an optoelectronic interface connectorized module
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As efforts to include fiber optic technology in aircraft flight control electronics have progressed, the need has arisen for a compact optoelectronic interface with an integral multipin optical connector. The United Technologies Research Center optoelectronic Connectorized Module (CM) was designed and built to satisfy this need. This paper will discuss the background, design, fabrication and testing of a completed Connectorized Module. The prototype CM is a four channel speed sensor interface that incorporates established ceramic multichip module (MCM-C) technology with optical emitters and detectors and a multipin fiber optic connector. This combination of technologies yields a compact and rugged interface module. In addition, the CM removes optical fibers, and their associated difficult to repair pigtails, from within the electronic control box. The CM achieves this because: it contains all necessary optoelectronic circuitry, has integral electrical and optical connectors, and is mounted directly on the electronic control box wall, not on an internal circuit board. Although this CM is a speed sensor interface, the flexible nature of MCM-C technology will enable a wide variety of sensor and data communication interfaces to be implemented.
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Jeffrey T. Benoit, Richard R. Grzybowski, Robert A. Rubino, Leon A. Newman, Christopher V. Fields, John A. DiDomenico, and Andrew J. Donofrio "Design, fabrication, and testing of an optoelectronic interface connectorized module", Proc. SPIE 2295, Fly-by-Light, (4 October 1994);


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