Swiss cabling systems developer R&M has unveiled the LC-QR fiber-optic connector for data center cables. The LC connector variant features a quick release mechanism (and hence the LC-QR name). The fiber cable connector's design improves connection density for high connector count applications.
R&M points out that most conventional LCs are unlocked via a clip on the back of the plug. This design mandates that a gap be maintained between the plugs or adapters so that the clip is accessible.
The LC-QR connector features a push-pull mechanism integrated into the housing. The design enables technicians to unlock the connector from the rear. Since the LC-QR can be locked and unlocked via the boot, connectors and adapters can be packed more closely, R&M says.
Technicians also can convert the new connectors from A-B to A-A in a few steps. R&M says it has designed the LC-QR so that the polarity can be changed on-site, even with tuned plugs and the APC version.
In a uniboot version for 1.4 mm or 2.0 mm cables, the plug enables reliable handling of large cable quantities, R&M asserts. The company says in future it also will supply versions for "Figure 8" and "Figure 0" fiber-optic cables.
R&M has developed new patch panels that take advantage of the density the LC-QR connector creates. These Ultra High Density (UHD) platforms can accommodate 360 ports for 720 fibers within a 3U space.
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