The PRIZM® MT ferrule expands on the detachable PRIZM® LightTurn® expanded beam Tx/Rx interface by taking multi-fiber lensed connectors to the equipment card-edge. The outer dimensional footprint is identical to traditional MT ferrules making the PRIZM® MT compatible with any MT ferule based connector hardware package. The novel, molded-in, hermaphroditic post and hole alignment features eliminate the need for costly stainless steel guide pins. Complex, costly endface geometry and polishing control associated with physical contact array connectors are eliminated with the no-polish, free-space, expanded beam PRIZM® MT ferrule, all while greatly reducing sensitivity to debris. Reduction in the necessary ferrule spring force makes this optical interconnect ideal for applications requiring mass mating of multiple ferrules in high density trunk cables and optical backplanes. The US Conec PRIZM® MT ferrule platform supports fiber rows of up to 16 fibers and up to 4 rows of fibers for fiber lane counts as high as 64.
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