Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Expands its Lynx2 CustomFit® Field Installable Connector Line with the Industry’s First Jacketed MPO Splice-On Connector

Jacketed MPO Splice-On Connector

acketed MPO Splice-On Connector, the first to be introduced into the industry.
Credit: Sumitomo Electric Lightwave.



December 11, 2012

Research Triangle Park, NC, December 11, 2012 — Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (www.sumitomoelectric.com), a major manufacturing leader in optical fiber and connectivity solutions, announced today the expansion of its Lynx2 CustomFit® Splice-On Connector product line to include the industry’s first jacketed MPO ribbon splice-on connector to meet the changing needs of data center, enterprise, and communication networks.

The company’s decision to design and launch the Lynx2-MPO™ Ribbon Jacket splice-on connector addresses the growing network migration from 10Gbit/s to 40 and 100 Gbit/s and the subsequent accelerated use of optical fiber ribbon cables that meet the larger fiber counts, real-time scalability, speed of installation, and cost efficiencies required for the migration.

As high density networks and data centers make the transition from single fiber and loose tube to the more compact optical ribbon cables for trunk cable and jumper applications, jacketed ribbon is the preferred choice to maintain protection of the fiber and tensile integrity. In the case of optical fiber ribbon trunk cables, furcation is used to provide the added fiber protection in patch panels since the cables are often re-entered for network moves, adds, and changes (MACs). The Lynx2-MPO Ribbon Jacket twelve fiber splice-on connector facilitates the quick and easy connectivity of the jacketed ribbon cables and jumpers by allowing exact length cable builds and terminations to be performed on-site, thereby eliminating the shorts, excess slack, and logistic delays associated with factory pre-connectorized cable assemblies.

Delivering the exact performance results for typical and maximum insertion and return loss as factory MPO/MTP® connectors, the Lynx2-MPO Ribbon Jacket splice-on connector’s field installable attributes offer the reliability and flexibility for affordable customization, speed of terminations, polarity management, and immediate on-site response for faster MACs, network repair, and mission critical restoration for any communication network, MDU, and FTTx applications. As a small form factor connector, the new MPO splice-on connector reduces the space required in racks, panels, pedestals and hubs. The Lynx2–MPO Ribbon Jacket connector, like all Lynx2 connectors, offers the customer the full media types and polishes required for low loss and standard single-mode and 62.5µm, 50 µm, and 50 µm laser optimized gigabit multimode fiber types.

“As the company to have designed and introduced the industry’s very first MPO splice-on connector, we understand the importance of continuous innovation, ensuring that our customers have the latest and most advanced solutions that are vital for the success of their network,” comments Joshua Seawell, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave’s director of its Lightwave Network Products division.

The addition of the Lynx2-MPO Ribbon Jacket to the current suite of MPO Unjacketed Ribbon, MPO for round cord, and SC, LC, FC, and ST patented splice-on connectors makes Sumitomo’s splice-on connector product line the largest and most comprehensive on the market. Orders and shipping for the new connector begin January 2013.

About Sumitomo Electric Lightwave:
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), located in Research Triangle Park, NC, is a leader in the design, innovation, and manufacturing of optical fiber and connectivity solutions, including optical fiber, fiber optic cable, fusion splicers & accessories, field installable connectors, and its FutureFlex® Air-blown Network Solutions. SEL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd, a global leader in the innovation, development, and manufacturing of products to advance the information and communications industry. For more information, visit www.sumitomoelectric.com.
MTP® is a registered trademark of US Conec.

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