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Breakthrough low-profile Fischer LP360™ connectivity technology

Fischer LP360™ comprises a range of versatile, plug and use connectivity solutions that includes connectors, cable assemblies and active devices belonging to the  Fischer Freedom™ Series, launched in June 2018 and extended in September 2019. These low-profile, easy-to-mate and fully cleanable solutions are easy to use and easy to integrate into applications operating in diverse and challenging environments, including fixed, portable and wearable electronic ecosystems and cable-free devices delivering power and data with optimized cabling. launched on 11 June 2018. This breakthrough low-profile, easy-to-mate and fully cleanable connector is easy to use and is easy to integrate into applications operating in diverse and challenging environments, including portable and wearable electronic ecosystems delivering power and data with optimized cabling.

Initially developed for a defense application - hence the focus on this market here -, Fischer LP360™ provides extremely reliable and intuitive solutions: tested to MIL standards, it is ideal for defense applications, even in the harshest environments and under the most demanding conditions. Its reliability and versatility also make it ideal for a wide variety of applications within other markets such as security, medical, industrial and civil engineering, robotics, wearables, IoT, etc.

NEW product extensions to the Fischer LP360™ as of September 2019: 

  • Connector size 08 (4 signal & power contacts) in metal and plastic
  • Cabled receptacle and panel plug on connector size 14 (7 signal & power contacts)
  • Active devices: USB 2.0 adaptor, LED and Rugged Flash Drive

Soldiers in military operations need to have the most accurate equipment and integrated connectivity solutions. Fischer Connectors is a trusted partner of future soldier programs around the world, and its rugged connectivity solutions are engineered to withstand the most extreme field conditions, lighten the load for soldiers on a mission, and maximize the usability, efficiency and performance of military equipment.

Unlimited Freedom for Defense applications
The versatility of the breakthrough plug & use technology offered by the new Fischer Freedom™ Series makes it ideal for wearables and for a multitude of Dismounted Soldier, Ground, Aerospace and Marine applications.


Technology innovation awards

Photo of 4 awards LP360™

The Fischer Freedom™ Series technology platform continues to gain international peer recognition: winning four awards in one year (web news, July 18, 2019). From left to right: 2018 Innovators Award, 2018 LEAP Award, 2019 Electronics Industry Award, 2019 Electrons d'Or.


Optimized Cable Management

The new connectivity solutions play a major role in lifting one of the most basic roadblocks for Future Soldier Programs: cable management

Fischer LP360™ eliminates the key code and thus offers 360° mating freedom, meaning the connector and active devices can be plugged and routed in any direction, ensuring that, for example, the cable on a vest can always go straight to the device. No more twists and turns means shorter cables in the kitted equipment. This also eliminates tangles, reduces clutter and increases usability, making equipment lighter and faster to set up. 

Fully cleanable on both the receptacle and plug sides, the new solutions are easy to use and maintain with a faster set up and improved durability.

Plug & Use! Opt for cable-free solutions by integrating the LP360™ panel plug directly into your device’s housing.

Smart Clothing

The numerous electronic devices body-worn by soldiers all need to be interconnected – and all of them are currently independently powered.

One of the many needs that Fischer Connectors is now fulfilling with its Fischer Freedom™ technology platform and new connectivity solutions is to build an “intelligent vest” based on a shared data and power bus with wiring on the inside, one central battery for all, and connectors that work as a hub interface at strategically chosen locations. This keeps the number of cables on the outside of the vest to a minimum, and enables standardization and further miniaturization of the entire electronic ecosystem, with more functionality in smaller devices. Making wearable/IoT devices smaller, smarter and multifunctional is just one of the many ways in which the Fischer Freedom™ technology platform spurs innovation.

Fischer Freedom Series - Tactical vest

The need that Fischer Connectors is now fulfilling with its new connectivity solution is to build an “intelligent vest” based on a shared data and power bus with wiring on the inside, one central battery for all, and connectors that work as a hub interface at strategically chosen locations. This keeps the number of cables on the outside of the vest to a minimum, and enables standardization and further miniaturization of the entire electronic ecosystem, with more functionality in smaller devices.

Shared data and power bus

Field Tested

 

Key Features

LP360: Wearable connectivity technology

Main features of the Fischer LP360™ connector:

  • Connectors with 4-7 signal & power contacts (size 08 and size 14), up to 24AWG, USB 2.0 and Ethernet
  • Active devices – USB 2.0 adaptor, LED, Rugged Flash Drive – with 7 signal & power contacts (size 14)
  • No key code for easy 360° mating freedom
  • Membrane-sealed surface contacts (spring-activated individual pins in the plug corresponding to circle tracks in the receptacle), making the connectors fully cleanable, on both receptacle and plug sides
  • Low profile and compact for easy and seamless integration - MOLLE compatible
    • IP68 sealed to 20m/24h (metal connectors, LED and Rugged Flash Drive) / IP67 sealed mated and unmated (plastic connectors)
    • Sealed, blind-mate and non-magnetic quick-release locking mechanism – easy and quick to mate and unmate
    • Materials:
      • Connectors in metal: robust stainless steel & brass design for longevity (min.10,000 mating cycles, 5000 rotations), resistant to shock, vibration, torque and extreme temperatures
      • Connectors in plastic: robust and high-quality plastic (high-end composite based on PEEK) designed for weight savings and longevity (min. 5,000 mating cycles, 2,500 rotations)
    • Dust- and sand-proof, EMI shielding on metal connectors
    • High-performance reliability: 100% reliable, tested in line with MIL and IEC standards
Video presentation of LP360 wearable connector

Wim Vanheertum, Product Management Director at Fischer Connectors, presents the LP360™ prototype: the invisible power and data network is built directly into clothing. Electronic devices - such as tablets, radios, etc. - can be plugged into the power and data network directly on the vest, thanks to the new wearable connectivity solution, reducing the hassle of cable management and maintenance and maximizing usability for dismounted soldiers.

 

Get an overview of Fischer Connectors’ electrical and optical connectivity solutions in a variety of defense & security situations, applications and requirements. Our specially designed defense & security connectors and cable assemblies are used in most soldier modernization programs, especially in C4ISTAR technologies. Their reliability, precision and resistance to demanding and harsh environments are key to make military material safe and reliable wherever soldiers operate.

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