Cliff Electronics expand its VHDCI cable range

1st May 2024
Kristian McCann

Cliff Electronics has expanded its range of industry-standard VHDCI (very-high-density-cable-interconnect) “Centronics” style cables to meet the interconnection requirements of industries such as Defence, Aerospace, and Space.

A new 0.5-metre length has been added to the existing range of one and two-metre versions. Known as a “Centronics” type data cable, all are terminated with standard D-shaped connectors.

VHDCI cables are utilised in high-performance data transfer applications supporting the latest SCSI style interfaces and for connecting peripherals such as portable disc drives, RAID data storage, HIL (Hardware in the Loop) applications, tape backup drives, and CD-ROM players, as well as printers to computers. Although USB cables are now more common, parallel cables are still required for many uses, including connecting to legacy devices.

The VHDCI cable connector is very small and allows the placement of four wide SCSI connectors on the back of a single PCI card slot. It uses the regular 68-contact pin assignment with the male connector (plug) on the cable and the female connector ("receptacle") on the equipment panel.

Other key specifications include:

  • Operating current: 0.5A maximum per contact
  • Operating voltage maximum: 30V AC (RMS)/DC
  • Enhanced EMC Shield
  • EMI protection, ferrite core: Ø17.5mm x 28.5mm x Ø12mm

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, stated: "Our new 0.5-metre length VHDCI cable meets the need for connecting equipment mounted in racks or other close proximity systems where it effectively becomes a patch cable. It will be welcomed by system integrators who need to keep interconnect cabling to a minimum.”

Cliff Electronics are market leaders in the design and manufacture of standard and FeedThrough connectors for audio, broadcast, and industrial systems, including Fibre-Optic.

Cliff is also a leading supplier of jack sockets, DC power connectors, terminal binding posts, test connectors and leads, optical jacks and leads, and waterproof connectors.

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