We have a new guide to present to you today: the Blue Robotics Connector Standard. It’s still a draft and we’d like to get feedback and thoughts from those here.
Connectors are something that we are all using. We use them to connect between subsea devices, on PCBs to connect between boards, and at the surface to connect to our computers. Internally, we’ve been developing a connector pinout standard at Blue Robotics for quite a while. It’s important to us to have a standard so that all of our products are compatible with one another.
From what we can find, there aren’t any public standards on how to use connectors in the subsea industry. We’ve used devices from different companies that have the same connector and speak over the same protocol, but use totally different pinouts! It makes it hard to integrate components from different manufacturers.
We have also started to see some of our distributors and other manufacturers start to make devices specifically for the BlueROV2, which is amazing! And although we don’t carry them, many of our distributors install subsea connectors for their clients to make components (such as the tether) removable for ease of use.
With that in mind, we wanted to publish our Blue Robotics Connector Standard for anyone who is interested. Much of this standard is based on the Pixhawk Connector Standard, which is for board-mounted connectors, but we’ve extended it to cover subsea connectors as well.
All of the products and components we sell follow this set of standards. For easier integration with our components, we recommend future manufacturers follow these.
Below is an example of one of the listings in the guide for a serial port PCB connector:
While we have put a lot of thought into these standards, everything is definitely up for discussion and we welcome everyone’s feedback! Let us know what you think or have questions about our reasoning or methodology. If there’s anything missing that should be included, please feel free to let us know.