Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Expands its Lynx2 CustomFit® Field Installable Connector Line with the Industry’s First Jacketed

  Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Expands its Lynx2 CustomFit® Field Installable
  Connector Line with the Industry’s First Jacketed MPO Splice-On Connector

Business Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- December 11, 2012

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (, a major manufacturing
leader in optical fiber and connectivity solutions, announced today the
expansion of its Lynx2 CustomFit® Splice-On Connector product line to include
the industry’s first jacketed MPO ribbon splice-on connector to meet the
changing needs of data center, enterprise, and communication networks.

The company’s decision to design and launch the Lynx2-MPO™ Ribbon Jacket
splice-on connector addresses the growing network migration from 10Gbit/s to
40 and 100 Gbit/s and the subsequent accelerated use of optical fiber ribbon
cables that meet the larger fiber counts, real-time scalability, speed of
installation, and cost efficiencies required for the migration.

As high density networks and data centers make the transition from single
fiber and loose tube to the more compact optical ribbon cables for trunk cable
and jumper applications, jacketed ribbon is the preferred choice to maintain
protection of the fiber and tensile integrity. In the case of optical fiber
ribbon trunk cables, furcation is used to provide the added fiber protection
in patch panels since the cables are often re-entered for network moves, adds,
and changes (MACs). The Lynx2-MPO Ribbon Jacket twelve fiber splice-on
connector facilitates the quick and easy connectivity of the jacketed ribbon
cables and jumpers by allowing exact length cable builds and terminations to
be performed on-site, thereby eliminating the shorts, excess slack, and
logistic delays associated with factory pre-connectorized cable assemblies.

Delivering the exact performance results for typical and maximum insertion and
return loss as factory MPO/MTP® connectors, the Lynx2-MPO Ribbon Jacket
splice-on connector’s field installable attributes offer the reliability and
flexibility for affordable customization, speed of terminations, polarity
management, and immediate on-site response for faster MACs, network repair,
and mission critical restoration for any communication network, MDU, and FTTx
applications. As a small form factor connector, the new MPO splice-on
connector reduces the space required in racks, panels, pedestals and hubs. The
Lynx2–MPO Ribbon Jacket connector, like all Lynx2 connectors, offers the
customer the full media types and polishes required for low loss and standard
single-mode and 62.5µm, 50 µm, and 50 µm laser optimized gigabit multimode
fiber types.

“As the company to have designed and introduced the industry’s very first MPO
splice-on connector, we understand the importance of continuous innovation,
ensuring that our customers have the latest and most advanced solutions that
are vital for the success of their network,” comments Joshua Seawell, Sumitomo
Electric Lightwave’s director of its Lightwave Network Products division.

The addition of the Lynx2-MPO Ribbon Jacket to the current suite of MPO
Unjacketed Ribbon, MPO for round cord, and SC, LC, FC, and ST patented
splice-on connectors makes Sumitomo’s splice-on connector product line the
largest and most comprehensive on the market. Orders and shipping for the new
connector begin January 2013.

About Sumitomo Electric Lightwave: Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), located
in Research Triangle Park, NC, is a leader in the design, innovation, and
manufacturing of optical fiber and connectivity solutions, including optical
fiber, fiber optic cable, fusion splicers & accessories, field installable
connectors, and its FutureFlex® Air-blown Network Solutions. SEL is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd, a global leader in the
innovation, development, and manufacturing of products to advance the
information and communications industry. For more information, please call
800-358-7378, email, or visit MTP® is a registered trademark of US Conec.


Technical Contact:
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
Joshua Seawell
Director, Lightwave Network Products
Editorial Contact
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
Alexandra Manning
Marketing & Communications Manager
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