October 25, 2004 Harrisburg, PA -- Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., has introduced enhanced-design singlemode SC connectors that optimize performance on 1.6- to 2.0-mm cable. The 1.6-mm SC jumpers have been tested to Telcordia GR-326, Issue 3; Service Life-Part A, using standard match-cladding fiber. The new connectors also incorporate a six-position tuning feature that optimizes fiber alignment and performance.
"The SC connector was originally designed for 3.0-mm cable," commented Paula Trindell, product manager, Tyco Electronics fiber optic business unit. "As cable diameters became smaller, particularly with the advent of the LC-style connector, it became increasingly difficult to meet today's rugged performance requirements. Our enhanced SC uses components similar to other small-form-factor connectors to provide a more robust product. Combined with our new six-position tuning feature, the new Tyco Electronics SC connector easily meets both the requirements and objectives of Telcordia GR-326."
Complete testing was performed at Intertek Testing Services NA, an independent laboratory. Supplemental data was collected at 1490-nm and 1625-nm wavelengths for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), optical service channels, and other L-band applications, respectively. The configuration tested was a simplex SC connector, which was terminated to 1.6-mm simplex cordage that contained standard, matched-cladding fiber. Use of this fiber, instead of a bend-insensitive type, confirms that the connector design performs reliably, even when external loads are applied.