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March 29, 2010

Sumitomo Releases New Splice-On Connector for Fiber Optic Network Apps

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

The latest design of the Lynx2 Splice Connector eliminates the need for crimping, which makes splice connectorizations easier and more cost effective for customized FTTx, outside plant, and inside plant field terminations.

The splice-on connector is suited for central office, enterprise network, fiber distribution hub, data center, and other fiber optic network applications.

Lynx2 secures the Kevlar and jacket, not requiring the crimping process and the use of high priced crimping tools. The method of termination provided by Sumitomo’s  Lynx2 CustomFit connector eliminates the guess work in predetermining the length of preterminated jumpers required for a given application, allowing the field technician to customize the termination in the field, ensuring quick, accurate, and permanent connectorizations. The Lynx2 also eliminates the costs of hand polishing, and maintaining an inventory of splice trays, index matching gels, and varying lengths of preterminated jumpers.

Sumitomo’s commitment to continuous innovation has resulted in a reliable splice connector on the market, with unprecedented accuracy and reliability in customized field termination, new Lynx2 design eliminates crimping, fast and easy screw-on collar secures Kevlar and jacket; no high priced crimping tools, cross-compatible with all SC, LC, FC connectors eliminates inventory and costs of splice trays and varying lengths of preterminated jumpers, low insertion and return losses, consistent and reliable results with single-mode and multimode fiber types, no hand polishing and index matching gels, and meets Telcordia (News - Alert) GR-326 Standard

“At Sumitomo, we’re committed to continuous innovation, striving to make our next generation products significantly better than the last,” said Josh Seawell, Sumitomo Electric (News - Alert) Lightwave’s product manager for its Lightwave Network Products division. “The Lynx2 CustomFit Connector ensures that our customers achieve faster deployments, increased productivity, and reduced costs.”

Lynx2 has passed testings for GR-326-CORE and GR-1081-CORE compliance. The new splice-on connector provides APC (News - Alert), UPC, and PC polishing options, and yields average insertion losses of only 0.15dB for single-mode fiber and 0.10dB for multimode fiber. The new splice-on connector is compatible with Sumitomo’s FastCat Type-39FH, TuffCat Type-66 Mass, TomCat Type-25e fusion splicers, and earlier models.

Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire