US Conec unveils MTP-16 multi-fiber optical connector

Oct. 2, 2015
New connector supports next-generation 400G applications.

US Conec unveiled its new MTP-16 multi-fiber optical connector at the 2015 European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Valencia, Spain (Sept. 19-21) The company states that the MTP-16 connector will support next-generation 400G applications while offering the highest density physical contact for the multi-fiber connector format available on the market today.

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.

US Conec notes that the new connector's 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.

“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,” comments Shelly Buchter, product manager at US Conec. “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 adapters are available in full or reduced flange mounting and opposed or aligned key orientation. For more information, contact a US Conec representative at +1 (828) 323-8883 or visit

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