3M, AI to provide optical gateway interface connections

Austin, TX; Franklin, MA—To increase availability of improved parallel optic systems, 3M Electronic and Interconnect Solutions Division and Advanced Interconnect Inc. (AI) agreed Jan. 13 to allow AI to independently manufacture and sell 3M's OGI (optical gateway interface) Multi-Fiber connection system.


Austin, TX; Franklin, MA— To increase availability of improved parallel optic systems, 3M Electronic and Interconnect Solutions Division and Advanced Interconnect Inc. iary of Woodhead Industries Inc.

3M and AI's agreement is expected to make OGI Multi-Fiber more accessible by providing a second supply source for telecommunication, networking and high-speed computing OEMs, high-end industrial controls, test equipment, medical and military customers.

Panel mount couplings are available in single- and four-port versions. Blind-mate backplane quad couplings hold four OGI connectors, each of which houses eight- or 12-fiber MT ferrules in a half-inch nominal interface. The metal components in the coupling bodies enhance EMI shielding performance, and the independent shutter system in the couplings enhances eye safety.

3M reports that it's also developing a cleaning system that enables users to clean OGI connectors after they are installed in a backplane or front panel. The firm says this addresses shortcomings with other commercially available, high-density backplane solutions.

3M's Single-Mode OGI Multi-Fiber cable assemblies are available in both 8- and 12-fiber cables. Ruggedized fan-out assemblies are available with 8-fiber cables. Single-mode OGI standard and ruggedized fan-outs use an OGI connector on one end and discrete connectors (ST brand, LC, SC, FC) on the breakout end that exceed industry standard pull strength requirements for extensive handling applications.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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