Huber+Suhner's LC-XD connector doubles fiber density, improves handling

At the FTTH Council Europe’s conference in London, Huber+Suhner (Switzerland) unveiled its LC-XD fiber-optic connector.

At the FTTH Council Europe’s conference in London, Huber+Suhner (Switzerland) unveiled its LC-XD fiber-optic connector. Designed to halve space requirements and improve handling in FTTH central office and data center environments, the company says the new connector's design handles up to 4032 fibers in one rack, doubling the density handled by previous components.

The LC-XD fiber-optic connector is available in both simplex and duplex (Uniboot) versions. The connector is uniquely equipped with a rigid, extended lever that employs a patent-pending push/pull mechanism, allowing for greater density and more efficient handling. For ease of installation and ongoing maintenance, the new connector's design enable vertical space and finger access at the connection; due to its rigid lever, the LC-XD also allows mating and unmating from a distance.

For FTTH applications with high fiber density requirements, the company says that use of the LC-XD will dramatically cut the amount of space required in central offices, where space is always an issue.

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Patrick Zaina, product manager at Huber+Suhner AG, explains, “The availability of infrastructure space is always challenging, both in urban networks and rural locations, and this has significant cost implications for the running of central offices for FTTH services. Packing density is a critical factor in the FTTH business, and is the background to the development of our new LC-XD fiber optic connector. Our new product combines extreme density with excellent handling.”

The simplex version of the LC-XD connector is particularly suitable for use in FTTH networks, says the company, where a single fiber is generally required per household. The company asserts that the new connectors "can be strung together in two directions and are pluggable even with indirect contact." Huber+Suhner has also developed the LC-XD Uniboot duplex connector, for use primarily in data center applications. This connector allows for polarity flipping without the need for additional tools, claims the company.

The LC-XD connectors are compatible with standard adaptors, mini LC adaptors, and transceivers. Huber+Suhner will be showing the new LC-XD products at its booth #G6 at the FTTH Council Europe’s FTTH Conference at London's ExCel center, February 20-21.

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