TE Connectivity’s new PRO BEAM EB16 terminus has been named a finalist in the 2015 R&D 100 Awards in the IT/Electrical category. Founded by Advantage Business Media, the goal of the R&D 100 Awards is to identify and celebrate the top 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the past year.

The PRO BEAM EB16 terminus is a novel optical, non-contact terminus that uses the expanded beam (EB) concept to obtain a repeatable and reliable performance in a harsh environment. It helps satisfy the demand for a reliable transfer of high data rates and provides a fiber optic alternative in applications formerly reserved for copper. The new EB16 design uses a non-contacting, optical expanded beam system that helps eliminate the often-damaging effects from vibration and shock, which can result in the pristine polished fiber endfaces being compromised with signal degradation.

The field-terminable optical termini are suitable for applications such as commercial air, military air, and unmanned aerial systems, as well as shelter and vehicle modifications.