What’s New and Press Release

3X Density Boost with New MDC Connector

US Conec, a global leader in the design and development of high-density optical interconnects, unveils a revolutionary new duplex optical connector solution: the MDC connector. This state-of-the-art connector design ushers in a new era in two fiber connectivity by bringing unmatched density, simple insertion/extraction, field configurability and optimal carrier grade performance to the ELiMENT brand single fiber connector portfolio.

The MDC is a two fiber connector manufactured with proven 1.25mm ferrule technology used in industry standard LC connectors. Three port MDC adapters fit directly into standard panel openings for duplex LC adapters increasing fiber density by a factor of three. Supporting port breakout architectures for emerging transceiver MSAs, the smaller size will allow a single array transceiver to accept multiple MDC patch cables which are individually accessible directly at the transceiver interface. The new format will support four individual MDC cables in a QSFP footprint and two individual MDC cables in an SFP footprint.

Insertion and extraction of the MDC connector occurs with a simple push or pull on a flexible and robust strain relief boot providing functional density in very tight spaces. For faster error free installations, an optional aggregation component will allow for insertion and removal of multiple MDC connectors at once. Polarity of MDC connectors is effortlessly changed in the field or factory to support multiple cabling methodologies without the need for tools and without exposing or twisting delicate fibers. The MDC connector is designed for optimal stability exceeding the requirements of Telcordia GR-326 for carrier or data center applications.

US Conec Introduces EZ Shuffle™ Solution for High Density Fiber Management

US Conec, a global leader in the design and development of high-density optical interconnects, expands its product offering and capabilities with the release of the EZ Shuffle™ Fiber Management Solution. This new product is engineered to aid fiber management in high density applications by offering a unique, compact, and cost effective way to manufacture and store high density fiber shuffles.

Precision manufactured slots are molded in the base of the EZ Shuffle casing to enable consistent and efficient fiber management in any shuffle configuration during the manufacturing process. With organization of up to 16 fibers per ribbon and 16 ribbons per shuffle arrangement, this compact solution facilitates fiber routing meshes of up to 256 fibers and supports various configurations of ribbon fiber and round cables in a 41 x 84 x 9.5 mm enclosure that is stackable and can be housed on or under the host PCB or in a chassis backplane.

“US Conec’s EZ Shuffle design enables cable assembly manufacturers to quickly build complex, cost effective shuffle packages for high density applications with no upfront engineering or investment,” says Shelly Buchter, US Conec Product Manager. Additionally, the EZ Shuffle solution is made from a non-outgassing, UL 94V-0 material that meets the requirements of GR-2866 and eliminates tight termination tolerances and capital equipment cost drivers associated with alternate planar optical fiber circuits.

New ELiMENT™ Duplex LC Uniboot Connector Offers Highly Engineered Process and Ease of Installation

US Conec, a global leader in the design and development of high-density optical interconnects, announces the newest addition to the ELiMENT™ single fiber connector product line—the ELiMENT Duplex LC Uniboot. Building on the high-performance SC and LC ELiMENT product offering, the ELiMENT Duplex LC Uniboot connector is a low profile, stackable design that provides a user friendly, reliable solution that is optimized for simple factory installation.

Toolless polarity reversal of the ELiMENT Duplex LC Uniboot in the field is effortless. The novel design enables simultaneous rotation of both ferrules while keeping bare fibers from being exposed at any time during polarity reversal. Polarity identification on the ELiMENT Duplex LC Uniboot can be easily verified through a visible color-coded polarity window.

The low profile push-pull housing design allows maximum panel density while the direct push-pull latch provides efficient connector insertion and removal. An optional push-pull tab can be added to deliver ultimate ease of access even in highly congested panels and racks.

US Conec’s highly engineered cable assembly process for the ELiMENT Duplex LC Uniboot with use of novel molded fixtures simplifies handling and yield issues associated with typical uniboot designs. An innovative curing fixture and pre-assembly of the Duplex LC connector ferrules prior to polishing improves throughput and eliminates accidental fiber breaks. The ELiMENT Duplex LC Uniboot connectors are offered in a variety of colors for multimode, single-mode and APC applications and are available for use with 2.0mm and 3.0mm OD cables.

Next Generation PRIZM® LightTurn® Mechanical-Optical Interface for 25+ Gbps

US Conec announces the commercial release of the next generation PRIZM® LightTurn® mechanical-optical interface (MOI) optimized for 25+ Gbps VCSEL based links. Used in embedded module applications, the MOI is designed for efficient coupling between on-board active components and US Conec’s PRIZM® LightTurn® connector, which utilizes expanded beam lensed ferrule technology. US Conec will present a joint paper at the Photonics West Exhibition on January 30, 2017 in San Francisco on the theoretical and empirical results for the new PRIZM® LightTurn® MOI 25+ Gbps.

In today’s world of progressively faster communications and data processing rates, improvements are necessary in the optical links between active optical devices. With the evolution of 10 Gbps to 25 Gbps and beyond, the critical components of VCSELs and photo-diodes (PD) must be redesigned to comprise more stringent part and assembly tolerances for maintaining system performance. In order to achieve higher response speeds, the PD must be reduced, necessitating a dramatically reduced available aperture.

“Understanding that coupling optimization between the reduced aperture optics and fiber optic connectors is increasingly critical to the performance of the systems, US Conec redevelops its PRIZM® LightTurn® MOI into a next generation design for efficient coupling of faster active VCSEL/PD arrays to fiber optic connectors,” said Ms. Sharon Lutz, US Conec Ferrules Product Manager. “The PRIZM® LightTurn® MOI 25+ Gbps accommodates a wider variety of transceiver architectures by taking into account the chip driver and wire-bond clearance requirements while optimizing the optical lens design to maximize coupling performance for both Tx and Rx.”

New MTP-16™ Connector Supports 400G Applications

US Conec will unveil the new MTP-16™ multi-fiber optical connector at the 2015 European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Valencia, Spain. The MTP-16™ connector offers the highest density physical contact for multi-fiber connector format on the market today. “Comprised of the proven US Conec MT Elite® ferrule technology, the MTP-16™ connector hardware is ideal for structured cabling applications supporting parallel or duplex links that require low insertion loss,” stated Ms. Shelly Buchter, Product Manager at US Conec. She added that, “using the MTP-16™ connectors for high density trunk cables efficiently aggregate 8 lane QSFP+/QSFP28 links while directly coupling into emerging 16x25G active devices.”

The MTP-16™ connector family encompasses the 16 fiber MT ferrule, connector hardware, and bulkhead adapters. Utilizing the same external footprint as the existing traditional 12 fiber MT ferrule, the 16 fiber MT Elite® is available in one or two rows of 16 fibers and leverages all the proven features and technology of US Conec’s traditional PPS MT ferrules. The connector hardware offers a unique keying feature as opposed to the centered keying feature on the traditional MPO hardware. This new keying design, currently being standardized by TIA 604-18 (FOCIS 18) and IEC (61754-7-3), ensures proper mating of the MTP-16™ connector without inadvertently mating the 16 fiber connector hardware with standard MPO compliant hardware. The MTP-16™ adapters are available in full or reduced flange mounting and opposed or aligned key orientation.

MTP® Meets 900 Micron With Ease

US Conec announces the release of the new 900 micron MTP® connector solution, supporting direct coupling to 900 micron loose or tight buffered fibers. Combining novel transition components with US Conec’s MTP® brand connector, the 900 micron MTP® kit delivers reliable termination, ensuring ample fiber movement and superior cable management. The transition components can also be used independently from the connector, resulting in an ultra-compact ribbon fiber to a 900 micron breakout kit for factory or field installation.

The unique 900 micron MTP® connector design facilitates multiple assembly techniques through which pre-terminated, loose, or tight buffered single fiber pigtails can be directly terminated into the MTP® connector hardware. Conversely, loose 900 micron buffer tubes can be furcated over an MTP® ribbon connector pigtail which has been ‘fanned out’ into individual 250 micron coated fibers. The 900 micron MTP® connector kit mechanically couples the buffer tubes, eliminating the need for epoxy in the critical cable exit portion of the connector.

New Singlemode Pre-Angled MT Ferrule Delivers Faster Process Time and Enhanced Performance

US Conec announces the immediate availability of singlemode pre-angled thermoplastic MT ferrules. The unique pre-angled design eliminates a polishing fixture, minimizing the polishing time during the production process, all while improving the overall performance of the MT ferrule. Available in 12 and 24 fiber counts, the singlemode, pre-angled MT ferrules are compatible with MTP® brand MPO connector components and are fully compliant with IEC 61754-5 and IEC 61754-7 standards.

“Customers will immediately appreciate the reduction in process time,” stated Ms. Sharon Lutz, Ferrules Product Manager for US Conec. Ms. Lutz added, “Traditionally, singlemode ferrules would be loaded into a flat polishing fixture for an epoxy removal step and then unloaded and reloaded into an angled polishing fixture. Pre-angled ferrules eliminate this step, reducing the operational complexity of the cable assembly maker.”

The pre-angled ferrule offers several advantages—enhanced performance, time reduction, and cost savings. The eliminated polish step provides better control over polished length which directly impacts the connector spring force and MT ferrule performance. Time associated with fixture loading and unloading is also reduced with less equipment needed, minimizing capital costs.

MXC™ Multi-Fiber Optical Interconnect Platform

US Conec announces that the general market availability of the MXC multi-fiber connector will coincide with OFC/NFOEC 2014 beginning next week. Compared to existing optical connector solutions, the unique plug and receptacle design provides increased density, lower cost, and fewer components making it ideal for new equipment card edge requirements driven by implementation of embedded, mid-board optics modules. PCB space consumption on the inside of the equipment is minimized by combining the traditional adapter and on-card plug into one simple, condensed, single piece housing.

The MXC connector has previously been highlighted in various announcements between Corning, as the initial cable assembly manufacturer, and Intel, as a lead adopter. However, US Conec will continue its traditional business model with this new technology in that components will be sold and training will be provided to cable assembly manufacturers worldwide. Other certified cable assembly manufacturers, aside from Corning, are to be announced in the near future.

While not intended to be a replacement for MTP connectors, which are typically used in data center cabling infrastructures, the new connector provides many benefits relative to this proven design. The MXC connector platform is optimized for next-generation, expanded beam, PRIZM® MT ferrules providing a more robust and debris insensitive interface compared to existing solutions. However, the platform is also compatible with traditional physical contact MT ferrules making it ideal for a wide variety of equipment interface applications.

Future variants of the platform support a wide variety of configurations including strain relief at the individual ferrule level or mass strain relief of multiple ferrules within a single cable unit. US Conec’s novel alignment design enables scaling to 8 or more ferrules in a single connector embodiment for front panel bulkhead or blind mating.

Samples of the single port version are readily available upon request.

PRIZM® MT Lensed Multi-fiber Ferrules

US Conec has begun shipping its newly developed PRIZM® MT ferrule, a collimated beam, lensed MT style interconnect component. The PRIZM® MT ferrule extends the PRIZM® LightTurn® ferrule benefits of expanded beam Tx/Rx interface by taking multi-fiber lensed connectors to the equipment card-edge. The outer dimensional footprint is identical to traditional MT ferrules making the PRIZM® MT ferrule compatible with any MT ferrule based connector hardware package. The novel, molded-in, hermaphroditic post and hole alignment features eliminate the need for costly stainless steel guide pins. Complex, costly end face geometry and polishing control associated with physical contact array connectors are eliminated with the no-polish, free-space, expanded beam PRIZM® MT ferrule, all while greatly reducing sensitivity to debris. Reduction in the necessary ferrule spring force makes this optical component ideal for applications requiring mass mating of multiple ferrules in high density trunk cables and optical backplanes. The US Conec PRIZM® MT ferrule platform supports up to 4 rows of 16 fibers each.

MPO Series II
The newly improved US Conec IBC™ Brand MPO Cleaner has been updated to an easy to use PUSH style. The previous dial turn engagement has been changed to a simple pushing motion with audible click to alert the operator when the tool is fully engaged. This tool is capable of cleaning MTP® Brand Connectors and generic MPO connector systems loaded in a bulkhead adapter, on the card edge, the backplane and on unmated cable assemblies.
The NEOCLEAN-PZ is a cassette style fiber optic cleaning system design specifically for the PRIZM® LightTurn® connector. This refillable cassette cleaner uses a micro-fiber fabric to remove harmful contaminates off of the ferrule end face. The anti-static cleaning material usied in the cassette produces a pristine optical window and minimizes contaminant attraction. The cleaning material is pre-washed making it excellent for use in any production environment, including clean rooms. The NEOCLEAN-PZ cassette cleaning tool will accommodate both bare ribbon and jacketed PRIZM® LightTurn® cable assemblies.
24F & 16F Multimode MTP Elite® Connectors
New, highest precision, two-row, multimode MT ferrules ensures lowest available insertion loss interconnect solutions for 100G+ parallel optic links.
Next Generation 2.5 mm Fiber Optic Connector Cleaning Tool
The IBC™ Brand Cleaner M250 for 2.5mm ferrule fiber optic connectors featuring the largest cleaning region commercially available. The M250 tool cleans SC, ST, FC and E2000 connectors and most hardened 2.5mm connectors used in harsh environment applications including the MIL DTL 83526.
New, Enhanced MTP® Brand Connector Components for Uncontrolled Environments
The new MTP® brand connector components are designed for FTTx and other environmentally demanding applications. The new connector design has been fully qualified with PPS, low-loss, IEC grade B compliant single-mode MT Elite® ferrules according to the Objectives (O) of Telcordia GR-1435 issue II.
IBC™ Brand Cleaner M20 for SMPTE 304M and other 2.0mm Fiber Optic Connector Cleaning
The IBC™ Brand Cleaner M20 specifically designed for 2.0mm ferrule based connectors including the SMPTE 304M. This mechanical cleaning tool uses a dry cleaning strand to remove dust and liquid residues off the fiber optic termini in the SMPTE 304M and other 2.0mm ferrule connectors. The cleaning tip is able to reach the recessed ferrules and eliminates the need to remove the connector sleeve for cleaning.
Pre-angled SM Ferrules

US Conec's single-mode ferrules are now offered with a molded, pre-angled 8° endface. This product enhancement reduces polishing steps, consumables, and the need for multiple polishing fixtures during the manufacture of single-mode cable assemblies which directly reduces the operational cost of the end product. The pre-angled ferrules continue to meet or exceed all relevant industry standards and requirements.

2.0mm OD Components
While bandwidth consumption continues to grow, there is an ever increasing requirement for smaller cabling and associated components. Multiple global cable makers have introduced 2.0mm OD12-fiber cable. In keeping with the demand for continued miniaturization, US Conec has developed MTP® connector components for use with this cable size.
MTP® connectors are used extensively in a variety of fanout configurations in data center and telecom applications. US Conec’s new 900um connector components compactly and elegantly manage the 900um tubing as it exits the connector. The new connector components can terminate directly to tight buffered fiber for the most rugged possible assembly. In addition, the MTP® 900um solution can terminate to ribbon furcated into the connector hardware which has been pre-assembled with 900um loose tubing.
Loopback Casing
Loopbacks are used to test optical links by “looping back” the connections from the Tx (transmit) signals to the Rx (receive) signals. US Conec’s; compact loopback casing, used with other MTP® components, offers an ideal solution for interfacing to QSFP or CXP modules, or card-edge MTP® connectors connected to high-bandwidth embedded modules. The miniature design allows side-by-side mounting in dense board applications and compact spaces. The novel push-pull design allows for the casing handle to be used to insert and extract the loopback from the module or adapter port.
MTP® Cable Assembly Termination Tools

US Conec has released a family of low-cost array fiber holders designed specifically to aid in the process of terminating MTP® brand multi fiber connectors. Historically, ribbon holders designed for bare ribbon splicing have been used for the stripping and cleaving process of multi-fiber ribbon in preparation for termination to MT ferrule based connectors. US Conec’s new family of array fiber holders facilitate more efficient MTP® cable termination to a variety of ribbon and loose fiber cable types, sizes, and fiber counts. Select models have a ribbonizing die built into the clip eliminating the need for a separate ribbonization process for loose fiber cables.

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