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Low Loss, Fiber Optic Terminus and Adapter

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 5:35pm
MDT Staff

Positronic is pleased to announce the release of a new fiber optic terminus and size 8 adapter for use in its popular Combo-D connector family. The terminus conforms to the performance criteria outlined in the ARINC 801 document, which is a widely accepted commercial aerospace standard for fiber optic termini on aircraft. The Optik-D terminus boasts a very low optical insertion loss of 0.06 dB (typical) and a return loss in excess of 45 dB for multi-mode. The connector system was qualified during a series of rigorous environmental tests at Experior Laboratories in Oxnard, CA. Experior is a premier fiber optics test laboratory used by leading OEMs across a variety of industries. The tests were based upon typical MIL-DTL-24308 environmental testing such as thermal cycling, thermal shock, temperature life, humidity, salt spray, shock, vibration, mating durability and more. 

The Optik-D connector system is more cost effective than other ARINC 801 solutions because it integrates a high performing optical terminus with a low cost connector housing as opposed to using high cost connectors as seen in competing solutions.  Furthermore, enhancements within the Optik-D adapter and terminus system enable a lower loss than is typically attainable with alternative solutions. Low insertion losses of this type (i.e. 0.06 dB) can mean the difference between using a cost effective LED laser versus a high cost solid state laser thus reducing overall system cost. This connector system also offers the flexibility to mix optical connections with traditional power, signal, coax, and high voltage contacts.

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