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Performance comparison of small form factor fiber optic connectors

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3 Author(s)
Trewhella, J.M. ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA ; DeCusatis, C.M. ; Fox, J.

A comparison of small form factor (SFF) fiber optic connectors is presented for LC, MT-RJ, SC-DC, and VF-45. Multimode jumper cables were tested using industry standard test procedures and bench marked against the industry standard SC Duplex connector. Initial loss data as well as stress testing was performed. Variations were found in the performance of the connectors types and between connectors of the same type from different suppliers. In some cases the connectors out performed the SC Duplex on some tests but no connectors out performed the SC Duplex on all tests with the mechanical stress tests of axial and off-axial pull being the most difficult to exceed. These connectors are rapidly developing and are at different levels of maturity but none of them tested out to be a fully mature replacement for the SC Duplex connector yet

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Advanced Packaging, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 2 )