SSMP® Interconnect Series

SSMP Connectors

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT) designed the SSMP® connector product line to further improve package density of RF/Microwave systems. The SSMP interface is about 30% smaller than its predecessor, the SMP connector. Now an industry standard (as outlined in the MIL-STD-348 document) for RF/Microwave applications, the SSMP interface has enabled design engineers to increase performance and complexity of their designs while simultaneously improving upon their form factor.

The SSMP interconnect system relies on a floating female-to-female adapter, commonly referred to as a “bullet”, to enable stacking of boards equipped with an SSMP male PCB connector. The durable construction and ability to tolerate radial and axial misalignment allows for a blindmate interconnect solution that can withstand multiple engagement/disengagement cycles without degradation in electrical performance.

Due to its high-frequency performance along with a blindmate configuration, the SSMP connector is a standard interface in optical networking components, specifically 40G and 100G Modulator and Driver amplifiers.


  • Frequency Range: DC - 65 GHz
  • 50 Ω Impedance; Blindmateable configuration
  • MIL-PRF-39012 compliant
  • Ability to withstand Radial/Axial Misalignment
  • Board-mount, Field-replaceable, Bullets, Hermetic and Cable Connector configurations
  • Custom Connectors Available

Parameter Specification
Impedance 50 Ω
Frequency Range DC - 65 GHz
VSWR 1.02 + 0.012 x f (GHz)
Insertion Loss 0.04 x √F (GHz)
DWV 325 Vrms
Insulation Resistance 5000 MΩ (min)
RF High Pot 190 Vrms @ 5 MHz
Force to Engage Detent 6.5 lbs (max)
Smooth Bore 2.5 lbs (max)
Force to Disengage Detent 4 lbs (min)
Smooth Bore 1.5 lbs (min)
Radial Misalignment +/- .010 inches
Axial Misalignment 0.000/0.010 inches
Temperature Range -55° C to +165° C
Thermal Shock MIL-STD-202, Method 107, Cond. C
Moisture Resistance MIL-STD-202, Method 106, except step 7b
Corrosion MIL-STD-202. Method 101, Cond. B
Vibration MIL-STD-202, Method 204, Cond. D
Shock MIL-STD-202, Method 213, Cond. I
Dielectric Specification
Virgin PTFE Fluorocarbon ASTM D 1710 and ASTM D 1457
Polyamide-imide ASTM D5204 Group 2 Class 1
Glass Corning 7070 or Equivalent
Finish Specification
Gold (50u in. Typ) ASTM-B488 Type 1, Class 1.25
Nickel (50u in. Typ) SAE AMS-QQ-N-290
Passivation ASTM A967
Metal Specification
BeCu (Beryllium Copper) ASTM B 196 and/or ASTM B 197
Brass ASTM B 36, B121, B16, B16M
Stainless Steel ASTM A484/ A582 or A555/581
Iron-Nickel-Cobalt ASTM F-15
Configuration Part Number* Description Options
Cable Connectors For Flexible Cables P156 SSMP (male) straight panel mount connector for 0.086? flexible cable See table for options
For Semi-Rigid & Semi-Flex® Cables P107 SSMP (female) straight connector for Semi-Rigid and Semi-Flex cables See respective tables for options (see figure)
P105 SSMP (female) right angle for Semi-Rigid/Semi-Flex cables
P148 SSMP (female) right angle for 0.047? Semi-Rigid/Semi-Flex cables
P172 SSMP (female) snap-in panel mount connector for Semi-Rigid/Semi-Flex cables
P155 SSMP (male) snap-in panel mount connector for Semi-Rigid/Semi-Flex cables
PCB Connectors Through Hole P303 SSMP (male) right angle PCB mount Different detents available (see figure)
Surface Mount P311 SSMP (male) straight surface mount
Edge Mount P319 SSMP (male) straight edge mount connector
Panel Mount Flange Mount P203 SSMP (male) 2-hole flange mount See table for detents
Thread-In P121 SSMP (male) thread-in panel mount
Shrouds Thread-In P202 SSMP (male) thread-in shroud See table for detents
Press-In P205 SSMP (male) press-in shroud
Hermetics P122 SSMP (male) straight hermetic termination Different dentents and pin styles available
P154 SSMP (male) with detent, straight solder-in hermetic
Loads P109-1CC+ SSMP (female) 50 ? termination See table for detents
P110 SSMP (male) 50 ? termination
Shorts P170-1CC+ SSMP (female) short See table for detents
P180 SSMP (male) short
Opens P171-1CC SSMP (female) open See table for detents
Bullets/Adapters P101 SSMP (female) to SSMP (female) bullet 4-slot & 6-slot CC designs available (see table)
P138 SSMP (female) to SSMP (female) spring loaded bullet
P123-1CCSF+ SSMP (female) to SMK/2.92mm (male) straight adapter
P125-1CCSF+ SSMP (female) to SMK/2.92mm (female) straight adapter
P127 SSMP (female) to SMA (female) straight adapter
P130 SSMP (male) to SMA (male) straight adapter
P128 SSMP (male) to SMA (female) straight adapter

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