Berk-Tek unveils smaller diameter fiber cable for data centers

Oct. 1, 2007
Incorporating a patented dry loose-tube technology in a smaller outside diameter, Berk-Tek’s new Micro Data Center Plenum (MDP) fiber-optic cable technology is designed...

Incorporating a patented dry loose-tube technology in a smaller outside diameter, Berk-Tek’s new Micro Data Center Plenum (MDP) fiber-optic cable technology is designed to relieve congestion in the data center and storage area network (SAN).

The MDP cable design for data center and SAN installations incorporates Berk-Tek's patented dry loose-tube technology in a smaller outside diameter.
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The MDP cable’s patent-pending construction provides 50% smaller cross-sectional area than comparable fiber-count indoor cables, which Berk-Tek claims will help prevent cabinet and pathway congestion by enhancing airflow and allowing more efficient cooling.

With plenum ratings up to 72 fibers, the MDP cables are available with aluminum or steel interlocking armor, as well as pre-terminated cable assemblies with multi-fiber MTP/MPO connectors or single-fiber type connectors (e.g., SC, ST, and LC).

“The MDP boasts a size and weight that is half that of competing cable designs, and has made possible specific enhancements to system performance, reliability, modularity, and flexibility in the NetClear [partnership with Ortronics] solutions for high-density data centers and storage area networks,” says Beni Blell, RCDD, fiber-optic product business manager at Berk-Tek.

“When combined with the Ortronics (www.ortronics.com) 12- or 24-fiber MPO low-loss cassettes and cable management systems,” Blell claims, “a far superior offering to the data center/SAN system designer has now been made available.”

Berk-Tek says that, compared to traditional ribbon interconnect, premises distribution, and indoor/outdoor loose tube cables, the MDP offers “improved density, ease of installation, termination, and sub-unit handling.”

Cables are offered in multimode and singlemode fiber construction.

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