AiDi touts low-loss 24-channel MPO connector

MARCH 18, 2008 -- The form factor of the low-loss MPO24 housing is identical to that of the MPO12, despite the high number of channels. The 24 channels are compactly contained within the ferrule in two rows of 12 fibers, with 0.5-mm spacing between rows, say AiDi representatives.

MARCH 18, 2008 -- AiDi USA has announced general availability of its low-loss MPO24, a 24-channel MPO connector (search for MPO connector) with reduced insertion loss for use with ribbon fiber pigtails, fiber arrays, and fiber fan-out assemblies. In partnership with ADOPT, AiDi Corp. (search for AiDi) manufactures these components at its factories in Japan and distributes them through AiDi USA, a wholly owned subsidiary.

During the last few years, MPO connectors have been deployed widely in the field and are responsible for eliminating the need for per-channel fiber cables, thus reducing fiber routing complexity. Both system manufacturers and service providers benefit from this simplicity, whether it is in the circuit pack routing or the interconnections between patch panels. The advantages are especially pronounced in high-density applications such as reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM), wavelength-selective switching (WSS), MUX/DEMUX combos, and other integrated modules and subsystems.

Previously, channel counts for MPO connectors were limited to eight or 12; however, recent advances in materials and processing technology allow low loss and high uniformity over all 24 channels, say AiDi representatives.

"The proven success of the MPO12 is an indication of the trend toward higher channel count without increasing fiber routing complexity," explains Kenzo Ishida, president and CEO of AiDi Corporation. "Today, few users are willing to accept the fiber spaghetti of yesterday. At AiDi Corporation we recognize this, and with the low-loss MPO24, we push the technology to satisfy the market needs as module port counts continue to rise."

The form factor of the low-loss MPO24 housing is identical to that of the MPO12, despite the high number of channels. The 24 channels are compactly contained within the ferrule in two rows of 12 fibers, with 0.5-mm spacing between rows. Insertion loss is specified at maximum 0.3 dB.

The low-loss MPO24 is available today.

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