OFS announces improvement in its fiber's environmental performance

Nov. 18, 2004 - New, tighter specifications help ensure low attenuation.

OFS has announced a significant improvement in the environmental performance of its 50 micron and 62.5 micron multimode fiber products, with an industry-leading < 0.1 dB/km for all key environmental specifications.

The new, tighter specifications help ensure low attenuation under all four standard environmental parameters: extreme temperature cycling, high temperature and humidity cycling, heat aging, and water immersion. The industry standard for these parameters is < 0.2 dB/km, according to TIA/EIA-492 Detail Specification documents for multimode fibers and IEC 60793-2-10 Product Specifications for multimode fibers.

OFS' tightened specifications can result in more reliable performance and longer product life for its fiber under these demanding environmental conditions, which can be found in many multimode installations.

OFS multimode fibers with the new, improved environmental performance are designed for use not only in premises cables, including the popular tight buffer design for local-area networks (LANs), but also in indoor/outdoor cable designs. These are growing increasingly popular for LAN and short to medium campus backbones, and are most likely to be subjected to adverse environmental conditions.

OFS multimode fibers with the new, improved environmental performance are designed for use not only in premises cables, including the popular tight buffer design for local-area networks (LANs), but also in indoor/outdoor cable designs. These are growing increasingly popular for LAN and short to medium campus backbones, and are most likely to be subjected to adverse environmental conditions.

OFS says the enhanced performance is a result of the company's Flex-10 multimode fiber coating. Made from a dual-layer, UV-curable acrylate material, Flex-10 coating provides improved cable performance and excellent mechanical stripping, even in extreme temperature environments.

Customized for multimode fiber, Flex-10 coating minimizes the attenuation of fiber cables, particularly for demanding tight buffer designs that can otherwise cause light loss due to microbending. For cable manufacturers, lower attenuation can result in reduced downtime and less scrap. For network designers, lower attenuation can provide additional link loss margin for additional connections, extended length support, and greater reliability.

OFS manufactures graded-index multimode fibers capable of higher bandwidth performance over increasingly long distances. The company's LaserWave fiber is the first laser-optimized multimode fiber product designed to support low-cost solutions from 10 Mbits/sec through 10 Gbits/sec up to at least 500 meters. Cable with OFS multimode fiber is available from leading cable manufacturers.

OFS, based in Sturbridge, MA, manufactures optical fiber, optical fiber cable, optical connectivity and specialty photonics products for high-speed optical networks. For more information visit www.ofsoptics.com.

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