What’s New and Press Release
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.