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Arrayed fiberoptics ANC presentation

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This presentation discusses a revolutionary technology for fiber optic connectors.

These non-contact (NC) connectors provide numerous advantages compared to conventional PC or APC connectors, including

• Low insertion loss
• 10 dB higher return loss
• Guaranteed random mating for critical missions
• Mitigation of sensitivity to contaminants
• Extremely long mating life
• Low cost

In short, NC connectors provide a superior connection for fibers in a wide variety of applications, such as

• Transceivers
• Test and measurement devices
• High power
• Polarization maintaining
• Contaminated environments
• Long distance transmissions
• High speed communication systems

Contact info@arrayedfiberoptics.com for details.

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Arrayed fiberoptics ANC presentation

  1. 1. Air  Gap,  Non-­‐Contact     Fiber  Connectors   Ben Jian Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation Sunnyvale, CA 94089, USA March 21, 2013
  2. 2. Outline1.  Problem statement2.  Development of non-contact connectors3.  Conclusion Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  3. 3. Issues with Physical Contact Connectors1. Insertion loss variation between matings2. Damage due to repeated mating3. Sensitivity to contaminants4. Not guaranteed random mating5. Limited mating life (rated 500-1000) Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  4. 4. Air Gap Connector AR coatingü Ferrule surfaces make contact, forming precise gapü Fibers are not in contact so they last foreverü APC becomes ANC, PC becomes NC Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  5. 5. ANC Connector Design0.4um fiber recess 2.8um fiber recess •  Contact between ferrules, but not fibers •  Improves repeatability, random mating reliability Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  6. 6. ANC Connector Photo Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  7. 7. Insertion Loss in Random Mating 12 10 ANC Average = 0.07 dB St. Dev. = 0.036 dB APC 8 Count 6 Average = 0.07 dB St. Dev. = 0.030 dB 4 2 0 0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.09 0.1 0.11 0.12 0.13 0.14 0.15 0.16 0.17 0.18 0.19 0.2 0.21 0.22 0.23 0.24 0.25 Insertion Loss (dB) •  APC used is a premium connector •  ANC is comparable to APC in IL Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  8. 8. Repeatability & Reliability 0.20 0.18 APC/APC 0.16 ANC/ANCInsertion Loss (dB) 0.14 0.12 0.10 0.08 0.06 0.04 0.02 0.00 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 Mating Cycle •  No long term drift in ANC connector •  Went through 10,000 matings unchanged Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  9. 9. Superior Return LossANC has 10 dB better return loss compared to APC Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  10. 10. Compatibility with Regular Connector Table. Typical Performance of Connector CombinationsPolish Angle 0 degree 8 degree PC/PC PC/NC NC/NC APC/APC APC/ANC ANC/ANCInsertion Loss 0.1 dB 0.25 dB 0.1 dB 0.1 dB 0.25 dB 0.1 dB Return Loss 40 dB 14 dB 28 dB 60 dB 60 dB 70 dB Guaranteed No Yes Yes No Yes Yes connection•  NC and ANC connectors are compatible with physical contact connectors•  ANC has the best overall performance Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  11. 11. Where ANC can make a difference Transceiver •  Dust •  Reflections •  Wiggle test Test and Measurement •  Long lifetime •  Repeatability System Noise Improvement •  Superior return loss translates to longer distance and higher speed Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation
  12. 12. ConclusionRevolutionary Air Gap Fiber Connectors" Low insertion loss" 10 dB higher return loss" Guaranteed random mating for critical missions" Extremely long mating life" Low cost" Could have significant system level benefits Property of Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation

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