Rosenberger OSI, Molex join 3M’s EBO connector ecosystem for hyperscale data centers

Sept. 25, 2019
3M adds assembly solution technology collaborators to its Expanded Beam Optical Connector ecosystem.

At the annual European Council on Optical Communications (ECOC 2019) conference in Dublin, Ireland (Sep. 22-26), 3M announced that Rosenberger OSI and Molex are now assembly solution collaborators within the 3M Expanded Beam Optical (EBO) Connector ecosystem.

Per a 3M statement, "These leading companies in fiber-optic cabling and service solutions have confirmed their commitment to becoming collaborators with the intent to manufacture and sell expanded beam optical solutions based on the 3M Expanded Beam Optical Connector System, including optical patch cords using this technology."

Rosenberger OSI and Molex are the first "assembly solution" collaborators to join 3M’s technology ecosystem. The roster already includes inspection tool collaborators, EXFO and Sumix, who are developing adapters for their tools, inspection images, and pass or fail criteria for the 3M connectors.

“The addition of these trusted and experienced assembly solution collaborators to the ecosystem will accelerate our ability to serve data center customers with the experience they need and expect,” commented Kris Aman, global marketing manager at 3M. “Our collaboration with Rosenberger OSI and Molex will help us continue to develop and expand this exciting technology to enable next-generation data center optical connectivity.”

All the companies are exhibiting at ECOC 2019, where 3M is also displaying its Expanded Beam Optical Connector technology, initially announced in March at the annual Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2019).

As framed by the company, "The 3M Expanded Beam Optical Connector is engineered as a high-performance, cost-effective and scalable single-mode and multimode interconnect system for data center applications. The first-of-its-kind, revolutionary expanded beam ferrule and connector system challenges the status quo of optical interconnect and is designed to enable the industry to meet next-generation data center demands."

To learn more about the 3M Expanded Beam Optical Connector and its ecosystem, visit the company's Stand #309 at the ECOC Conference, as well as the Rosenberger OSI booth (Stand #333), the Molex booth (Stand #94) and the COBO booth (Stand #138). A live application demonstration will be available, as well as collaborative demos with EXFO (Stand #129) and Sumix (Stand #131). Or visit for more information.


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