Arrayed Fiberoptics Announces Breakthrough Non-Contact Optical Fiber Connectors
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 2, 2012 - Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation (AFC) announced a major breakthrough
in optical fiber connectors, which are fundamental building blocks of all modern optical fiber communications
systems. Called the "non-contact" (NC) fiber connector, it is the next generation of optical fiber connector.
The predominant optical fiber connectors for commercial applications use physical contact (PC), in which two
optical fiber end faces are pushed together to eliminate the air gap between them and suppress the light
reflections at the glass/air interfaces. The new NC connector eliminates the physical contact between fiber end
faces. It includes an intentional small air gap to prevent damage to the optical surfaces and uses anti-reflection
coatings to suppress the light reflections at the glass/air interfaces.
To understand the significance of the new fiber connector technology, we make the following analogy. The NC
connector is to the current PC connectors what the compact disk (CD) was to vinyl records. Vinyl records relied
on a stylus physically contacting the vinyl surface to read the music signal, and the records were invariably
damaged after repeated uses. CDs, on the other hand, rely on a laser beam to read the music, so there is no
physical contact, giving it very long lifetime with consistent quality. Likewise, the new NC connector is expected
to last much longer, with no performance degradation even after many repeated connections. And just as the CD
brought significant performance improvements besides durability, the NC connector brings major advancements
in optical performance compared to current PC fiber connectors, and at comparable cost.
This patent-pending NC optical fiber connector features:
For every existing PC or APC connector there is a NC or ANC connector counterpart. For example, LC/PC
connector is now LC/NC connector, and angled connector SC/APC is now SC/ANC.
- Very low insertion loss (less than 0.1 dB)
- Excellent return loss (greater than 65 dB)
- Minimal insertion loss variation (less than 0.01 dB, a factor of ten better than current products)
- Exceptional durability (thousands of repeated connections with no increase in insertion loss)
- Low sensitivity to dust and contaminants - user friendly
- Guaranteed intermateability among connectors
- Cost competitive to existing connectors
- Same form factors as current connectors and same connector adapters.
For more information, please contact or call (408)745-1900. Visit us at the CLEO Show in San Jose, CA on May 8-10, 2012 at booth #2412. We will have a live demo of our NC fiber connector and a limited quantity of SC/ANC jumper cable samples for distribution.
About Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation (AFC) develops a variety of differentiated optical fiber components. Product
portfolio includes NC fiber connectors, 2D fiber arrays and 2D collimator arrays. AFC pioneered the silicon 2D
fiber array by DRIE process and holds the US patent for this product. AFC's products are used by leading
and emerging communications and industrial equipment manufacturers. AFC is headquartered in Sunnyvale,