Category: Connectors

Editorial Guide: Data Center Interconnect Trends

Download this editorial guide to learn about the trends impacting data center interconnects. The data center interconnect space has seen a wealth of innovation – which means a lot of choices for network operators. From the physical layer to the application of artificial intelligence and open system concepts, the data center interconnect space is rapidly evolving.

Autofocus fiber inspection probe

Lightel’s DI-2000 inspection probe series features one-touch autofocus. It provides ergonomic ease of use and versatile inspection of the endfaces for fiber-optic male and female, single and multi-channel connectors. The probe features a visual indicator LED that changes from red to green when autofocus is achieved, which is useful during connector inspection in high-density racks. The unit also comes equipped with a built-in flashlight.

Senko intros LC EZ-Flip polarity reversible fiber-optic connector

Senko’s new LC EZ-Flip fiber-optic connector is designed for applications where easy changes in polarity of LC duplex fiber connectors may be required. Technicians can change the polarity of the LC EZ-Flip within 3 seconds following  three steps that can be performed without tools. The fiber connector is based on the uniboot LC and can be used in high-density applications thank to the incorporation of a Push/Pull Tab. A visual indicator built into the connector housing eases visual inspection of the polarity.

101 Series: Set Your Reference Like a Wizard!

When it comes to testing fiber systems, connector loss refers to the loss of a mated pair of connectors – it’s actually impossible to measure a single connector. To test the loss of the first connector, it must be mated to a similar, known quality connector. That’s where Test Reference Cords (TRCs) come in. But you’ve got to take into account the loss of the TRCs by calibrating your tester to 0 dB of loss. This is done by setting a reference, and it is the most important step in Tier 1 fiber testing using an optical loss test set (OLTS). Setting a reference needs to be done whenever the TRC has been removed from the output port on your tester, and whenever the TRC has been cleaned and inspected.

Choose the fastest and most reliable termination process

Available in UTP and shielded, Siemon’s Z-MAX Category 6A System features the highest performance margins across all critical transmission parameters, the fastest, easiest and most reliable termination process, superior transmission consistency and customer focused usability, efficiency and ergonomics. End-to-end Z-MAX Category 6A UTP and shielded systems include Category 6A cable, outlets, modular cords, patch panels, trunking cable assemblies, work area solutions and the Z-PLUG™ field terminated plug.

Ultra High Density (UHD) MPO Module

Ultra High Density Modules provides an interface between MPO Trunks and LC interface of active equipment. This UHD module with its unique footprint provides scalability for high density fiber optics infrastructure with up to 288 fibers inside a 2U space.  Pre-assembled MPO modules improve the speed of installation and because they are so compact, the improve space management in a high fiber density environment.

Good fiber-optic connections start with the ferrule

Many factors can affect the reliability and performance of a fiber connection.The best place to start is at the ferrule—one of the first components needed for superior connections and for high-performing connectivity. Connector ferrules can be made from various materials such as plastics, steel or ceramics. A majority of ferrules are typically made from zirconia ceramic, which is durable and manufactures well to strict tolerances for performance standards. Ceramic ferrules are manufactured with a selection of hole or inner (bore) diameters ranging from slightly larger than the optical fiber diameter to slightly smaller. This variance in hole size would allow for minute variations in the manufactured optical fiber cladding diameters. For example, for a 125-µm optical fiber, ferrules are available with hole sizes ranging from 124µm to 127µm.

Standardized single-pair connector interfaces set the pace for intelligent buildings

The standards committee ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25 Interconnection of Information Technology Equipment, selected two single-pair connector designs as standard interfaces for MICE1 and . MICE2/MICE3environments. MICE is an acronym for mechanical, ingress, climatic, and electromagnetic — one from CommScope the other from Harting. The higher the number, the more severe the environment. In practical application, an example of a MICE1 (M1I1C1E1) environment is a commercial office space.

Ruggedized Connectivity

Harsh environments require an IT network that will rise to the challenge. Siemon Ruggedized Infrastructure Solutions protect critical network connections from dust, moisture, industrial cleaning chemicals and vibration. Ruggedized infrastructure solutions are ideal for protecting valuable connections in laboratories, hospitals, food processing plants and other harsh environments.