Fischer develops new type of fiber-optic hybrid connector

New design combines two fiber channels and two electrical contacts in one small high performance connector.

Fischer Connectors(St-Prex, Switzerland), a specialist in push-pull circular connectors, has extended its Fischer FiberOptic Series with a new hybrid fiber-optic connector. After the successful launch of the Fischer FiberOptic Series with two (FO2) and four (FO4) fibers at the end of 2012, Fischer now offers a new design with two fiber channels and two electrical contacts (FOH 2-2) in one small high performance connector.

According to Fischer, the unique aspect of the new FiberOptic Series hybrid connector is that both fiber and electrical contacts are now offered in a single rugged connecting solution, allowing both power and data to be transmitted flawlessly through one connector. The company contends that this design saves space, money, design and installation time, and offers premium optical performance in all environments, indoor or outdoor.

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Similar to the Fischer FiberOptic Series FO2 and FO4, the hybrid FOH 2-2 benefits from a mono-block mate adapter for easy access to ferrules giving the possibility for easy field cleaning and maintenance. Other key features of the FOH 2-2 include the following:

-- IP68 mated and IP67 unmated Ingress Protection (Norm IEC 60529)
-- Extreme environment rating (Norm IEC 61753-1 Cat. E)
-- Fiber contacts: SM and MM optical fibers; UPC and APC Polishing
-- Electrical contacts: Current rating 10 [A] (Norm IEC 60512-5-2-5b) and rated voltage 400 [V] r.m.s. (Norm EIA-364-20-B and IEC 60512-3-5b)
-- Push-pull easy mating plugs and receptacles
-- Optional gas tight panel receptacles (IP68 or <10-6 mbar l/s)

"The hybrid version is an additional product of our Fischer FiberOptic Series," Dominique Glauser, CEO of the Fischer Connectors Group. "With this new product, we extend our response to a high demanding market for high quality fiber optic applications and solutions."

The new connector will be showcased at the OFC 2014 conference in San Francisco (March 9-13). Learn more.

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