Recently, a new connector termination method appeared. Like prepolished/splice connector, these connectors were factory-assembled and polished. Instead of a mechanical splice in the connector, it had a short fiber pigtail, already cleaved and ready to fusion-splice to a fiber. Special fixtures for splicing machines from several manufacturers made assembly of these connectors as simple as splicing two fibers. Splice protection was part of the connector, so splice closures were not needed. The simple design also dropped the price to a fraction of the cost of the older prepolished/splice connectors.