Fiber Optic

One of the fastest growing product families, fiber optic connectors include single-mode, multimode, small form factor (SFF), multi-fiber, and a variety of application specific connector types, such as expanded beam, Mil-DTL-22876, and connectors for plastic optical fiber (POF). Addressing the need for higher speed, greater bandwidth and distance, reduced attenuation, greater security, and increased immunity to electro-magnetic interference, the number of connector manufacturers offering fiber optic connectors has increased drastically over the last decade. Connector types for either single-mode or multimode cable include FC, SC, and ST. Offering a ferrule that is half the size of the SC fiber optic connector, SFF fiber optic connectors include LC, MT-RJ and MU, while multi-fiber connector housings like the MT array type (MPO, MTP) allow up to 72 fiber connections in a single point, decreasing labor costs, and physical space requirements.



Fiber Optic News


No Silver Bullet for Vision System Connectors

Like any aspect of machine vision, cable and connector selection is driven by speed and economy. Customers demand longer, faster, and cheaper cabling solutions, but aren’t always happy about adopting yet another new connector or protocol.   No Silver Bullet for Vision System Connectors The stringent demands of vision systems vary depending on distance, cost, Read More >>

Embedded Ssytems

Connectors in Embedded Computers: Upgrading Performance while Downsizing

Two conferences highlighted the ongoing changes in wiring, thermals, backplanes, and many more connector technologies. Bob Hult provides the buzz from VITA’s 2017 Embedded Tech Trends forum, and then another look at DesignCon 2017.   Embedded computers have existed in the shadow of much larger computer markets for commercial and communication applications. Unlike general purpose Read More >>

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Fiber Optic Connector & Cabling Product Roundup

Fiber optic connectors are used to mechanically couple and align the ends of optical fibers in wide bandwidth applications that require connect/disconnect capabilities.   Widely employed throughout the telecom, datacom, industrial networking, test and measurement, aerospace, and avionics industries, fiber optic connectors are available in a variety of connector styles with different dimensions and methods Read More >>

Trends to improve speed, size and pricing continue

Connector makers upgraded lines, extended product families and unveiled new interfaces to meet customer demands for increased circuit density and higher data rates.   2016 Connector Trends In a continuation of trends we’ve seen for several years now, a host of faster, smaller, and more affordable electronic components propelled the connector industry forward in 2016. Connector Read More >>

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Optical Links Move Inside the Box

Fiber has traditionally been the go-to solution for long-distance, high-speed communication links. Fiber optic cable offers huge advantages of bandwidth, low attenuation, and reduced size and weight to transmit hundreds of data channels over a single glass fiber. Look to these suppliers for the products you need.   Fiber Optic Cable Fiber has traditionally been Read More >>

Communication Cabling on the Factory Floor

Industrial and robotic service equipment operates in conditions and applications as varied as the robots themselves. If you want reliable robots, select reliable cable. Here’s how to do that.   Communication Cabling on the Factory Floor Robots in factory automation applications are often exposed to harsh environments and require highly reliable and carefully optimized connectors Read More >>

Tech at Work: Cisco’s Digital Ceiling

Cisco’s Digital Ceiling, which aims to bring together the many networks within a building, wouldn’t work without connector and cable provider partners.   The Digital Ceiling, launched earlier this year by Cisco, marries the many networks within a building, including lighting, heating, cooling, and video, to one network platform. Because both connection and cabling solutions play Read More >>

Why We Need Copper AND Fiber

From wet silk thread to modern superconducting ribbon, interconnect technology has advanced along with the related electronic technology as it is critical to an electrical system’s operation. Add to that the realm of optical fiber, and you have a huge marketplace of mixed applications, technologies, and services.   With wireless technologies – both signal- and Read More >>

Q&A: The 2016 Cable Assembly Market

We sat down with Bishop & Associates’ Dave Pheteplace to find out how the cable assembly business is faring worldwide and what he expects to see through the end of the year.   Q: How is the cable assembly market shaping up, growth-wise, for 2016? A: We do not expect the market to grow very Read More >>

Internet of Things

Connecting the Internet of Things

Software has come to dominate the conversation about the Cloud, but the Internet of Things won’t work unless data and power can reach the devices involved.   For all of the hype and promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-related services and functionalities, the fact is that nothing works without a proper hardware infrastructure. The most Read More >>