Clearfield intros universal fiber patch panel

July 12, 2018
Clearfield (NASDAQ:CLFD) has announced general availability of its FieldSmart Fiber Crossover Multi-Purpose (FxMP) Patch Panel, a fiber ...

Clearfield (NASDAQ:CLFD) has announced general availability of its FieldSmart Fiber Crossover Multi-Purpose (FxMP) Patch Panel, a fiber distribution panel for routing and deploying fiber jumpers. The FxMP is intended as a common panel that can be deployed in every fiber deployment scenario. Features include:

  • Interconnect or cross-connect for up to 288 fiber ports
  • Designed for inside or outside plant
  • Deployable for a range of options including 19-inch or 23-inch frames, data racks or cabinets, or in outside plant (OSP) cabinets

"Clearfield's proven cassette and new panel option will save us time and money during team training and deployment, as well as in the maintenance process," said Matt Updenkelder, CoastCom by Wave's director of construction. "We are aggressively expanding our fiber services and turning up customers throughout the Pacific Northwest area. As we are increasingly deploying in a wider variety of applications and locations, the universal design of the FieldSmart FxMP will make our procurement, inventory management and construction programs highly efficient."

Designed to simplify and reduce the operational costs of deploying fiber, the universal panel enables fiber deployments of 1RU (24 ports) up to 11" (288 ports). Like all other FieldSmart products, the FxMP Panel utilizes the Clearview Cassette as its 12-port building block.

"Clearfield's FieldSmart FxMP Patch Panel is a game changer for the fiber-to-the-home [https://www.broadbandtechreport.com/in-the-network/ftth.html], business, data center and central office markets with its ability to transform what has been a labor, training and installation intensive process to something simple, intuitive and straightforward," said Kevin Morgan, Clearfield's chief marketing officer. "Operators have been seeking help to rationalize the equipment used to deliver fiber services, and Clearfield is the first to deliver."

The FieldSmart FxMP Panel is RUS listed and designed to comply with Telcordia GR-63, GR-1089, GR-449, GR-20 and GR-409. Optical component configurations use Telcordia GR 1221/1209 compliant devices, and terminations are designed and tested to Telcordia GR-326. The panel is also designed to support all standard single-mode and multimode connectors.

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