The global MPO Fiber Optic Connector market will grow by US$ 5 Billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 9.8% in the given forecast period driven by the rapidly increasing demand for a high bandwidth, among end users. The increasing adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and the growing adoption of 4G LTE network platforms provide numerous opportunities for growth.
Rosenberger OSI and FiberCon are working together to develop an MTP®/MPO version of FiberCon’s CrossCon® system to further optimize data center operations.
Korea’s OptoNest has unveiled an optical MPO splitter that features an LC-type connector input and a 12-channel MPO connector as the output port. The splitter, which conforms to TIA/EIA 604-5 and IEC 61754-7 standards and is suitable for RoHS requirements, measures 82x12x8 mm and is designed to remove the chance of performance degradation from bending or folding of the optical fiber cable. The splitter is designed not to expose the fiber-optic cable in between. OptoNest is aiming the splitter at fiber to the home (FTTH) and 5G mobile network applications.
MPO technology and components are widely use in 40/100G network. However, to maintain the correct polarity in MPO systems is not always easy. Fortunately, there are approaches that can facilitate correct MTP/MPO polarity maintenance in serial duplex signals connections and parallel signals connections.
MPO connectors are the most likely solution to migrate to 100, 200 and 400 Gb/s. If managers and contractors don’t use MPO or MTP® options and instead stick with LC connectivity, they’re going to end up limiting themselves to either long-reach transceiver applications for single mode, or some type of wave division multiplexing (WDM) technology. Getting started on using MPOs now will set organizations up for success, as higher speeds from 25 Gb/s to 400 Gb/s become the new norm.
L-com has added over 600 new OM3, OM4 and OM5 fiber optic cable assemblies to address high speed data center applications.
Major categories in this new release include: MPO to MPO cable assemblies for point-to-point connectivity; MPO conversion harnesses allowing users to convert from 8 fiber to 12 or 24 fiber trunks, as well as 12 fiber to 24 fiber trunks, for use in 40G and 100G multimode deployments; and MPO fan-out cables with an MPO connector on one end of the assembly and LC, SC or ST fiber connectors on the other end.
Parallel optics technology has become the transmission option of choice in many data centres as it is able to support 10G, 40G, and 100G transmission. For parallel optics to work effectively, it requires the right choice of cable and connector. It is no doubt that fiber optic cable is the main choice for data center cabling as it can provide numerous advantages over twisted-pair copper in a data center environment that allow network designers to benefit from new data center architectures.
Let’s say you’re in charge of a data center and your boss reminds you that streaming video and IoT devices are all the rage and if you don’t keep up with bandwidth demand, you’re toast. You have 10G links that use 10G SFP+ SR transceivers at the aggregation layer. You upgrade your switches or linecards to ones that have 40G QSFP ports like the Nexus series switches.You now have a couple of choices for the QSFP ports: You could use QSFP SR4 transceivers, which requires ribbon fiber. That means you’d have to install more trunk fiber and modify patch panels to handle the MPO (Multi-Fiber Push On) connectors. Or you could use the QSFP BiDi transceiver, which, by the way, costs less than the SR4 transceiver. All you have to do is unplug the dual fiber MMF (Multi-Mode Fiber) cable that you already have in place, and plug it right into the BiDi. No hassle. Boss happy. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?
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.
Let’s take a look at the #9 Dumb Thing that smart people do when testing network cabling systems—relying on a duplex tester for certifying MPO trunks. Field testing is the only way to ensure that MPO links meet the application performance requirements. Despite the fact that pre-terminated MPO fiber cables are manufactured and tested by vendors to comply with ANSI/TIA and international standards, there are many factors that can potentially impact performance. First of all, MPO connectors are harder to clean than duplex connectors. The 12-fiber MPO interface features an array with a much larger surface area, which unfortunately makes it easier to move contaminants from one fiber to another within the same array during the cleaning process. 40 and 100 Gbps MPO fiber applications also have much lower loss budgets so it’s important to ensure the highest testing accuracy as possible.