The need to connect data center facilities to one another, frequently referred to as data center interconnect (DCI), has been a primary driver for optical-fiber and fiber- optic cable manufacturers to develop products containing thousands of fibers. We refer to cables with 1728 or more fibers as ultra-high-density cables, and this article examines those products.
Platinum Tools has launched a Fiber Optic Cleaner product line. The pen-style cleaners work with virtually all common fiber-optic sizes and connector types, allowing you to clean connectors and ports for the best possible optical performance. The two sizes have color-coded tips for easy identification, so all you need to do is push to effortlessly clean fiber ports or connectors.
A new standard for single pair Ethernet (SPE) is gathering speed with multiple companies joining the SPE industrial partner network to avoid making the same mistakes as the past with proprietary connector systems.
This on-demand webinar discusses the importance of inspecting and cleaning the connector end-faces, the approval/rejection criteria defined by the standards, as well as methods to maintain clean connectors.
CommScope’s Jim Young explains how data centers are responding to the challenges of densification and campus architecture as we move toward 400G.
Adapting to new advancements in fiber optics – like rollable ribbon – does not have to be complicated. In this blog, Mike Cooper explains how deploying rollable ribbon can be an effective method of saving space. In data centers where fiber optic cables are starting to fill pathways, deploying rollable ribbon can be an effective method of saving space. It is also flexible, like a distribution cable, making it more durable and less susceptible to breaks. Moreover, rollable ribbon splices just like matrix – 12 fibers at a time.
This White Paper investigates and documents each aspect of the cable joining and the ribbon fiber splicing process of ultra-high density fiber optic cable and identifies improvements in cable preparation, closure preparation, ribbon fiber preparation, and the mass fusion splicing processes achieved since a previous study was published as a technical paper at the 64th IWCS in 2015.1 By taking a systems approach to the overall splicing process, it has been possible to improve efficiencies in the cable joining and splicing process to realize additional system cost savings with this technology.
For years experts have been telling fiber-optic technicians not to use isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to clean fiber endfaces. Some technicians have listened; some haven’t. Today, one of Covid-19’s many effects on global commerce is the scarcity of IPA. Sticklers national accounts manager Rick Hoffman talks about the IPA shortage and its practical impact on fiber cleaning in this article.
FOA has a online Loss Budget Calculator web page that will calculate the loss budget for your cable plant and a free app for iOS smartphones and tablets that will calculate loss budgets for the cable plant you are designing or testing.
VIAVI offers two free reference guides for fiber optic testing that can be downloaded as ebooks. Volume 1 reviews the basics in systems, standards, and network architectures and focuses on how to make the most of Optical Time Domain Reflectometers (OTDRs) to install, turn-up, and maintain fiber optic networks