Provide Fast and Easy Connects/Disconnects
Stroudsburg, PA – November 9, 2009 — The MegaPhase ZN™ bayonet-style connectors and adapters have proven to be essential in conditions when time is of the essence, and threading a traditional Type N is not practical.
MegaPhase LLC, a leading manufacturer of RF cable assemblies, connectors and adapters, designed the ZN™ to connect and disconnect more quickly and reliably than traditional Type N connectors. The quick connects and disconnects work in any kind of weather conditions. The environmentally protected ZN™ connector design includes gaskets to prevent water or solvents from migrating into the cable. These connectors are well-suited for applications that require more power than available from SMA, or MegaPhase’s ZMA line of connectors.
The ZN™ connector was initially designed for Special Forces who needed to make quick connections with a fly-away kit for satellite links. These harsh conditions required fast and precise connections, great reliability and simple hand manipulation without any tools.
For applications such as antenna systems, this connector provides excellent mechanical stability and eliminates the need for lock wiring in high vibration environments where space is limited. In test systems, this connector provides a fast and accurate method for continuous connects and disconnects.
These same qualities make the ZN™ the connector of choice for testing applications that require multiple connections. For example, the ZN™ is essential when testing an X-Band RADAR system with 120 phase-matched elements. When equipped with ZN™ connectors, each element takes much less time and skill to calibrate and tune. A single cable can be connected and disconnected to each element to tune the associated antenna.
MegaPhase ZN™ Series precision coaxial connectors and adapters can easily be mated and de-mated by hand with a quarter turn, no torque wrenches are needed, making it ideal for applications where space is tight. The connectors are “keyed” with lugs in 2-, 3- or 4-lug styles (customs on request). Since the MegaPhase ZN™ connectors provide a high relative coupling force, they are ideal for extreme vibration applications where insufficient room is available for spring-loaded blindmate panels.
For applications such as antenna systems, rapid deployment terminals and SATCOM, the ZN™ connector provides excellent mechanical stability and eliminates the need for lock wiring in high vibration environments.
“The ZN™ connectors and adapters are ideal for test systems, since they provide a fast and accurate method for continuous connects and disconnects,” notes William Pote, president of MegaPhase. He explains, “Our customers may be jumping from an aircraft and need to establish a satellite link within minutes, and they most likely have more to be concerned about—such as incoming fire—than threading on connectors.”
In addition to the ZN™ MegaPhase also offers a full line of both RF in-series and between-series coaxial adapters through 67 GHz.<
About MegaPhase, LLC — MegaPhase is an ISO-9001:2008 certified privately-held company that designs, manufactures and sells RF/Microwave coaxial cable, cable assemblies, connectors and RF components through 70 GHz. Located in Stroudsburg, PA, MegaPhase customers include OEMs in instrumentation, broadband networking, wireless communications, semiconductor, advanced microwave and optical electronic systems, space and defense. MegaPhase products include GrooveTube® test cables, semi-rigid and flexible coaxial cables for advanced systems, test adapters and coaxial connectors. MegaPhase’s broadband and high frequency interconnect technologies include coaxial cables have been used reliably to test smart phones, transmit signals on the US Navy’s new AWACS E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, Agilent’s new FireFox® handheld analyzers, and many other high-profile projects.