Multifiber connector is debris-insensitive

US Conec’s MXC multifiber connector, compatible with the PRIZM and other MT ferrules, is now available in the market and being incorporated into cable assemblies.

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US Conec recently announced that the general market availability of its MXC multifiber connector will coincide with the 2014 OFC conference and exhibition taking place the week of March 10. The MXC connector has been a highlight of previous announcements by Corning and Intel, and as US Conec pointed out, the company “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.”

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The company explained that the new MXC connector is not intended as a replacement for MTP connectors, “which are typically used in data center cabling infrastructures.” The MXC, though, does provide many benefits relative to the MTP design, US Conec pointed out. “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,” US Conec said. “However, the platform is also compatible with traditional physical contact MT ferrules, making it ideal for a wide variety of equipment interface applications.”

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The company also said that future variants of the MXC platform will 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,” the company added.

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

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