ECOC 2019: US Conec shows new MXC® Single Port Blind Mate connector

Created September 24, 2019
Technologies and Products

US Conec, a provider of passive components for high-density optical interconnects, has shown its new MXC® Single Port Blind Mate connector at ECOC 2019. The connector is optimised for use with the PRIZM® MT expanded beam ferrules and enables high density fibre links in true optical backplane architectures. While utilising the same external cable MXC® plugs for front panel and backplane applications, novel X, Y and Z floating mechanisms allow for generous mismatch between the card mounted and rack mounted connector components.

The low-profile design enables multiple MXC® Single Port Blind Mate connectors to be mounted with a close pitch enabling scaling to any port count. The user-friendly design allows fully connectorised and tested assemblies to be installed or removed from the daughter card with a simple snap engagement into a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket resides under the daughter card plug assembly minimising the overall footprint. Eye safety shutters protect operators from unused adapter ports.

With the advent of on-board and co-packaged optics, managing optical connections in backplanes or midplanes in an efficient, cost effective manner is an absolute necessity. US Conec’s MXC® Single Port Blind Mate connector leverages the supply chain infrastructure and proven reliability of the MXC® platform to solve significant challenges including low insertion loss, low connector forces, and scalable port counts.

Speaking to Optical Connections, President and CEO Joe Graham said the company was seeing a massive growth in demand for its products, driven in particular from the growth of hyperscale datacentres. He said, “A few years back, we were predicting that datacentres would be a big market, but the industry’s focus was on telecoms. Things have changed a lot however and these days, it’s all about datacentres.”

US Conec can be found at ECOC 2019 on booth #126

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.