TE Announces Launches Optical MC801 Series Connectors

TE Connectivity has launched their MC801 fiber optical connectors. The company says the product supports numerous high-speed protocols, offering low insertion loss across multiple connector breaks, through the use of physical contact optical technology.

The increasing demand for secure high-speed data and signal transfer communication within the Aerospace and Defense industries, is expected to be the key growth factor for the fiber optics market.

“This is an exciting new industry qualification for TE,” said Noel Thornton, TE product manager. “The MC801 product range further expands the already impressive fiber optic portfolio available from TE including, expanded beam technologies and the renowned DEUTSCH physical contact connector ranges.”

Fiber optics are increasingly being used as a replacement for copper systems, owing to its security, efficiency, light weight and high transmission capacity. Fiber optic cables and connectors provide an effective transmission medium, as they are less affected by external and internal interference. The data transfer can be achieved by using single and multi-mode fiber cables, depending on the system requirements and link length.

ARINC 801 is an industry standard optical connector and terminus specification that has become the preferred solution for physical contact optics across multiple applications. Target markets of the TE MC801 product include commercial aerospace, military aerospace, ground vehicles and soldier systems, and C5ISR: Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. Product applications include, in-flight entertainment, radar, naval upgrades, communications, munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles, inflight networks and Ethernet switches. The connector is a multi-sourced product that is protocol independent, secure, and utilizes standard MIL-DTL-38999 shells.

The MC801 is available in a wide variety of materials including aluminum, composite, stainless steel and marine bronze. The shells are made of a corrosion-resistant finish in a RoHS-compatible material; shell plating is available in black zinc or nickel.

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