Interconnection


SFP connectors

8 June 2011 Interconnection

To meet the requirements of next-generation WiMax and Long Term Evolution (LTE) fibre-to-the-antenna (FTTA) connectivity designs for rugged outdoor use, TE Connectivity has released the FullAXS connector system that provides the SFP connection between the remote radio and base station for telecommunications applications.

Rugged cable assemblies used in WiMax and LTE FTTA applications establish their direct connection by plugging directly into optical transceivers through a bulkhead. Such connections require a connector that can accommodate a large tolerance in the Z direction. The FullAXS connector system meets this requirement by allowing for a large Z-direction tolerance while also offering the benefit of one-hand installation of the connector shell.

With this new product offering, users can also conveniently remove and replace transceivers through a cutout in the bulkhead that completely eliminates the need to open the entire remote radio box and expose its contents to hazardous weather conditions. For the optical connection, the connector system includes an industry-standard duplex LC interface for fast mating with all LC duplex SFP transceivers. The FullAXS connector can be designed for either single mode or multimode optical transmission applications.

Designed to offer a versatile platform, the new product has the capacity to expand to RJ45 and power connectors and is available in a field-installable version with splice to suit any cable. The connector provides positive mechanical feedback to inform the operator when the connector is fully mated. A robust bayonet locking makes for easy, fast and secure mating, and the waterproof, dustproof and corrosion resistant design utilises a metal diecast bulkhead.

For more information contact TE Connectivity, +27 (0)41 503 4500, udop@te.com, www.te.com





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