US Conec develops PRIZM LightTurn connector

MARCH 28, 2010 -- US Conec has announced the immediate availability of its PRIZM LightTurn connector for photonic turn parallel optic interconnect.

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MARCH 28, 2010 -- US Conec has announced the immediate availability of its PRIZM LightTurn connector for photonic turn parallel optic interconnect. Designed as a miniature detachable connector for Avago Technologies’ new MicroPOD 120-Gbps board-mounted parallel optic modules (see "Avago Technologies unveils miniature embedded parallel optics modules"), the PRIZM LightTurn connector provides passive alignment and retention features that enable multiple re-matings perpendicular to the printed circuit board.

The 7.4x5.7-mm PRIZM LightTurn connector consists of a multi-fiber ferrule with a photonic turn TIR lens array accepting cleaved fibers and a single outer housing. The termination is simple and low cost, says US Conec; it requires no polishing of fibers and is easy to test, the company adds.

The use of the PRIZM LightTurn connector in combination with US Conec’s MTP brand MPO style connector provides a significant increase in card edge port density compared to using SFP transceivers, conventional array transceivers, or parallel active optical cables on the card edge, the company asserts. The connector is designed for use across multiple applications including telecom, datacom, and the emerging high speed computing markets.

US Conec will sell components to cable assembly makers, as well as provide the necessary training and support worldwide to enable multiple sources to equipment and systems makers.

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