68-Pin VHDCI DSUB Breakout Board


BRKAVH68FV1-R-DIN
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  • 68-pin VHDCI connector
  • Compatible with certain National Instruments DAQ boards
  • Screw terminal for each of the 68 lines, plus shield
  • Solder pad connection space for all 68 lines and shield
  • Supports addition of .1" pin headers
  • Fast and easy connections
  • Perfect for prototyping and permanent installations
  • Rubber feet or DIN rail mount

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General Description

Centronics, MDR, VHDCI, HPDSUB  Connector Guide
See our connector identification guide!
These breakout boards bring all 68 pins and shield of a 68-pin VHDCI (Very High Density Cable Interconnect) connector out to angled screw terminal blocks for easy connection and prototyping work. In addition to the screw terminal connection, each pin is also brought to solder pads (2 per pin) at 0.1" spacing, allowing the addition of small components or 0.1" headers. Please note that the breakout boards are manufactured with a connection between each connector pin and the corresponding terminal block position; no soldering of any type is necessary. The solder pads simply provide an area for making optional connections to additional headers or other components.

The BRKAVH68FV1-R breakout board contains a female 68-pin VHDCI connector, which is sometimes referred to as a SCSI-5 connector. This style of connector is used by a number of equipment vendors, including National Instruments™.

National Instruments Compatibility

National Instruments™ uses this 68-pin VHDCI connector on some of their DAQ cards, making this breakout board a good option for interfacing to these National Instruments products. Note that NI™ actually uses two different styles of 68-pin connectors: the VHDCI, and the half-pitch DSUB (0.050 D-type). The Winford Engineering BRKAVH68FV1-R uses the VHDCI connector. It can also be used with 0.050 D-type boards by using an appropriate adapter cable.

These Winford Engineering break out boards are perfect for experimentation, prototype work, lab projects, and permanent installations. They are well-suited for interfacing with data acquisition equipment, control systems, or any other devices that use the 68-pin VHDCI (Very High Density Cable Interconnect) connector. A breakout board is sometimes referred to as a "transition module", "terminal board", "terminal block", "breakout box", "breakout adapter", or "interface module".

At the time of this writing, National Instruments does not offer a breakout board / connector block for the 68-pin VHDCI connector. Instead, they offer a 68-pin half-pitch DSUB (0.050 D-type) connector block to support their 68-pin VHDCI DAQ boards; this requires the use of an adapter cable to convert between VHDCI and 0.050 DSUB. A typical combination of NI hardware would be the NI SCB-68A connector block and the SHC68-68-EPM adapter cable, or equivalent. In contrast, the BRKAVH68FV1-R breakout board can connect directly to VHDCI devices by using a standard VHDCI cable. Thus the BRKAVH68FV1-R breakout board is an alternative to the National Instruments SCB-68 or SCB-68A breakout module when interfacing to a VHDCI connector.

Note: "National Instruments" and "NI" are trademarks of National Instruments. Neither Winford Engineering, nor any software programs or other goods or services offered by Winford Engineering, are affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by National Instruments.

Product Documents

Part # DescriptionDocument
Connector GuideWhich connector do I have? Consult this helpful identification guide.
Connector Guide
Which connector do I have? Consult this helpful identification guide.

VHDCI Connector Details

The VHDCI connector provides a compact arrangement of sliding contacts. The high contact density (0.8mm pitch) and good performance at high speeds make this connector a good choice for numerous applications, such as DAQ and SCSCI-5 equipment. Winford Engineering currently utilizes MDR connectors from Amphenol™ on these breakout boards; connector details are listed below.

VHDCI Connector Details
Manufacturer Amphenol
Mfg. Part # HE11-RAA-101
Jack Sockets M2 x 0.4 female thread

The connector used on these breakout boards contains screw locks/jack screws for securing a mating cable. The closeup photo below shows this hardware in detail. The jack screws accept M2 x 0.4 thread screws.

Connector
Screw Locks / Jack Screws
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Connector
Connector Straight-On View
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Mounting Options

These products are available in two different mounting variants. Product numbers ending with -DIN come with DIN clips already installed and ready to snap onto 35mm or 32mm DIN rail. Product numbers ending with -FT have stick-on rubber feet installed on the bottom side, allowing for benchtop use or panel mounting. For panel mounting, we suggest 1/4" nylon standoffs under the mounting holes, and #6 screws.
BRKAVH68FV1-R-DIN
DIN Rail Mount
BRKAVH68FV1-R-DIN
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Rail not included
BRKAVH68FV1-R-FT
Rubber Feet
BRKAVH68FV1-R-FT
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Cables

Winford Engineering offers 68-pin VHDCI cables (shown below) which are compatible with these breakout boards.
CBVH68M-3
VHDCI Cable
CBVH68M-3 pictured
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Product Details

  • 68-pin VHDCI connector
  • Suitable alternative to National Instruments SCB-68A connector block when interfacing to a VHDCI connector
  • Connector contains jack screws
  • Screw terminal for each of the 68 lines, plus shield
  • Solder pad connection holes, two (2) per line
  • Supports addition of .1" pin headers
  • Screw terminals accomodate wire sizes from 16AWG to 26AWG
  • Approximate dimensions: 3.74"; x 3.5"
  • Rubber feet or DIN rail mount

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Pricing and Ordering

Product # Description 1+ 10+ RoHS Buy Now
VHDCI, 68-Pin Female Right Angle Connector:
BRKAVH68FV1-R-DIN VHDCI 68-Pin Female Breakout Board, R/A, Screw Terminals, DIN Rail Mount $89.50 $84.50 Yes
BRKAVH68FV1-R-FT VHDCI 68-Pin Female Breakout Board, R/A, Screw Terminals, Feet $88.00 $83.00 Yes
VHDCI, 68-Pin Female Right Angle Connector:
BRKAVH68FV1-R-DIN
VHDCI 68-Pin Female Breakout Board, R/A, Screw Terminals, DIN Rail Mount
RoHS: Yes
Buy Now:
QuantityPrice
1+$89.50
10+$84.50
BRKAVH68FV1-R-FT
VHDCI 68-Pin Female Breakout Board, R/A, Screw Terminals, Feet
RoHS: Yes
Buy Now:
QuantityPrice
1+$88.00
10+$83.00

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