This latest installment in the Technology Trends series by Bob Hult examines the trends and technologies that have pushed copper to the limits and ushered in fiber optic cables.
Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) technology is expected to be a significant driver of Industry 4.0, bringing transmission speeds from 10Mbit/s to 1GBit/s across simplified cabling infrastructure, while saving space and weight. SPE promises to save factories time in setting up, maintaining, and operating industrial networks, while enabling power supply and better reliability of terminal devices through its Power over Data Line (PoDL) capability. Cabling Installation & Maintenance recently sat for an interview with Peter Jones, Chair, Ethernet Alliance and Distinguished Engineer, Cisco; and Bob Voss, Senior Principal Engineer, Panduit and an industrial automation industry technical expert and association member.
Rosenberger OSI will offer the Miniature Duplex Connector (MDC) as part of the company’s PreCONNECT fiber cabling systems which will increase the density of its fiber cable offerings. The MDC push-pull duplex connector is based on 1.25-mm all-ceramic ferrule technology. It is a Very Small Form Factor (VSFF) fiber connector that can be used as a media dependent interface (MDI) or optical interface for SFP-DD and QSFP-DD optical transceivers.
Multi-fiber push on connectors (MPO) are a single connector that houses multiple fiber terminations, defined by IED=61754-7.14. The MPO’s rise in popularity is due to it’s ability to mate multiple fibers (2-72) within a single connector body, thereby significantly reducing the space needed.
Over the past several years, Leviton has polled network professionals about the type of fiber they would install today, and we have seen solid growth in single-mode. In the March 2020 poll of 281 network professionals, more than 60% said they would install single-mode (OS2) today over multimode types, with OM4 coming in second at 28%. This change is largely a result of decreasing cost and recent standards committee activities that continue to promote more single-mode options for higher speeds such as 200 and 400 Gb/s. As this trend continues, the market in general will find single-mode a more enticing option. Let’s take a closer look at reasons behind its rise.
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Amphenol Network Solutions’ Layered Fiber Demarcation box is designed for high-density fiber connectivity and splicing for indoor wall mount applications. This product can be made even more efficient with the addition of Multi-fiber Push-On (MPO) Cable Assemblies that deliver a Plug-n-Play solution for interconnecting elements in an optical network. The MPO connectors provide a quick and reliable link for multiple fibers (e.g., 12) in a single industry-standard connector.
FS.com and US Conec are collaborating to supply MTP brand cable assembly products for high-density data center applications. Each FS MTP cable uses US Conec’s MTP connectors to ensure stable and highly effective interconnections of MTP cabling infrastructure in data center environments.
Polarity means that a fiber optic link’s transmit signal at one end of the cable must match the corresponding receiver at the other end. While this concept might seem simple, it becomes more complex with multifiber cables and MPO connectors. Leviton’s new Universal Polarity Fiber Cassettes that help data center managers simplify things even further. The Base12 cassettes allow for the same interchangeable cassette on both ends of a Method B trunk in a fiber channel, reducing the complexity of a fiber network, ensuring consistent polarity, and streamlining network deployment.
By eliminating the need for splice trays, splice chips and cable slack, Siemon says the OptiFuse connectors reduce material requirements, conserve space within fiber enclosures, and deliver 30% faster installation compared to traditional fiber pigtails.