Data center patch system incorporates 1728 fibers in 4U chassis

December 18, 2008 -- LightWave Manufacturing & Services LLC has launched its Chameleon high density fiber optic patching system, which the company says exceeds traditional fiber patching densities by a factor of six.

December 18, 2008 -- LightWave Manufacturing & Services LLC has launched its Chameleon high density fiber optic patching system, which the company says exceeds traditional fiber patching densities by a factor of six.

The company contends that while many current fiber patching systems can patch a maximum of 288 fibers per 4U chassis, the Chameleon system can patch 1728 fibers in the same space; and that this technology enables data centers to significantly reduce the space needed to distribute their current fiber networks, thus reducing physical and carbon footprints.

David Mulsteff, owner of LightWave, says he has seen one constant trend in the data communications industry over the past 28 years. "That constant is the reduction in product size and was one of the primary motivators in developing the Chameleon fiber patching system. The name Chameleon was chosen as it reflects the adaptability and flexibility of the system including its ability to distribute fiber in increments of 144, 96, 72, 48, 24 or 12 fibers to multiple locations."

Mullsteff continues, "The Chameleon can answer the demands of large data center applications and still scale down to small office solutions by utilizing copper modules, media converters, and switching technology all in the same platform. Traditional fiber patching systems need a minimum of 20U space for a full 1728 fiber where Chameleon can achieve the same in 4U without increasing the per fiber cost or exceeding your fiber loss budget. Combine all these elements and there is not a better solution for today's high density switch customers."

Distribution for the Chameleon fiber patching system is currently being handled by Cables Plus USA.

On the Web:
www.lightwavecable.com
www.mtp-solutions.com
www.cablesplususa.com

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