Siemon improves loss performance of plug-and-play fiber components

The better-performing cable assemblies and modules help data center managers meet shrinking optical loss budgets, the company says.

Siemon has lowered the insertion loss performance of its plug-and-play optical solutions to a maximum of 0.20 dB for MTP mated pairs and 0.15 dB for LC or SC mated pairs.
Siemon has lowered the insertion loss performance of its plug-and-play optical solutions to a maximum of 0.20 dB for MTP mated pairs and 0.15 dB for LC or SC mated pairs.

Siemon recently introduced low-loss versions of its standard-loss fiber plug-and-play cable assemblies and modules “to help data center managers contend with today’s shrinking optical loss budgets and support multiple mated pairs for flexible 10-, 40- and 100-gigabit applications,” the company said.

Low-loss versions of the following connectivity components are now available: MTP-to-MTP brand reels and extenders, LC-to-MTP and SC-to-MTP plug-and-play modules, and LC-to-MTP trunks. These components all use Siemon XGLO OM3 and OM4 multimode optical fiber. These newly available low-loss products “improve insertion loss to a maximum of 0.20 dB for MTP mated pairs and 0.15 dB for LC and SC mated pairs—well below the industry standard of 0.75 dB per mated pair,” Siemon pointed out.

“Siemon low-loss plug-and-play MTP-to-LC or –SC modules now offer a combined loss of 0.35 dB and 0.20 dB for MTP-to-MTP pass-through adapter plates,” the company continued. “These low-loss plug-and-play solutions deliver low-loss performance throughout the entire channel when used in conjunction with Siemon’s innovative low-loss LC BladePatch fiber jumpers or other low-loss fiber jumper that match Siemon’s module loss at the LC interface.”

Fiber-optic product manager Charlie Maynard noted, “As data center applications migrate from 10- to 40- and 100-gigabit speeds, loss budgets for fiber channels have become tighter than ever before. At the same time, data center managers are looking for ways to flatten their architecture while maintaining manageability and flexibility of fiber links. This often calls for the use of multiple mated pairs within the channel to support convenient patching areas that enable easier moves, adds and changes. With optical loss budgets being a top concern in today’s data center environments, Siemon’s low-loss plug-and-play fiber solutions can give data center managers the loss headroom they need for complete peace of mind and flexibility when deploying the latest high-speed applications.”

The company cites “manufacturing excellence and elite ferrule technology, combined with the improved optical performance of the MTP connector” as means by which these low-loss plug-and-play products “provide an easier migration to 40- and 100-gigabit applications, flexible patching options over a wide range of distances and infrastructure configurations, and true plug-and-play capability without the limitations of exceeding optical loss budgets.” The solutions are terminated and tested at the factory, Siemon added, and available in several configurations and port counts.

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