Design and Performance of Small-Size Optical-Fiber Fanout Connector for Fiber-Ribbon Cable Termination


IEICE TRANSACTIONS (1976-1990)   Vol.E72   No.11   pp.1204-1211
Publication Date: 1989/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0000-0000
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Communication Device and Circuit

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This paper describes design and performance of a small-size ribbon-to-single-fiber fanout connector assembled with a fanout unit and push-on type connectors. The structural design for reducing the fanout connector size has been investigated. As a result, the minimum dimensions of the fanout unit and the push-on type connector coupling have been clarified. The constructed fanout connectors have shown average insertion losses of 0.4 dB for multimode 5-fiber ribbons and 0.7 dB for single-mode 10-fiber ribbons. Mechanical and heat-cycle test results were satisfactory for the practical use of the connector.