Fiber Optics For Sale Co. manufactures a whole line of fiber optic patch cords. The list below shows our fiber optic patch cable manufacturing capability.
:: Connector Types
- LC (LC/PC, LC/UPC and LC/APC)
- SC (SC/PC, ST/UPC and SC/APC)
- ST (ST/PC, ST/UPC)
- FC (FC/PC, FC/UPC and FC/APC)
- E2000 (E2000/UPC and E2000/APC)
- SMA (SMA 905 and SMA 906)
- 3M Volition VF45
:: Fiber Mode
- 9/125um Single Mode SM Fiber
- 62.5/125um Multimode MM Fiber
- 50/125um Multimode MM Fiber
:: Fiber Cable Configuration
- Simplex Fiber Patch Cord
- Duplex Fiber Patch Cord
- Ribbon Fiber (for MTP and MPO connectors)
:: Cable Jacket Fire Rating
- Riser Rated (OFNR)
- Plenum Rated (OFNP)
- Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH)
:: Fiber Optic Patch Cable Specification Sheet
1) LC Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: LC Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
LC Fiber Optic Patch Cord
LC stands for Lucent Connector and was developed by Lucent Technologies in the 1990s. LC connector is a small form-factor fiber optic connector and was developed to replace SC connector due to their smaller size. (LC is only half the footprint of SC connector). It uses a 1.25mm diameter ferrule and it is often found on small form-factor pluggable (SFP) transceivers.
LC connector features a push and latch locking scheme. It is becoming very popular especially in single mode applications. There are LC/PC (for multimode), LC/UPC and LC/APC (for single mode) patch cables.
2) SC Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: SC Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
SC stands for Subscriber Connector or Square Connector or Standard Connector. It is extremely common in datacom and telecom fiber optic market. It features a push-pull snap coupling mechanism and a 2.5mm diameter ferrule.
SC was developed by NTT (Japan) and is available in simplex and duplex configuration. There are SC/PC (multimode), SC/UPC and SC/APC (both for single mode) versions. SC connectors are rated for 1000 mating cycles and have a typical insertion loss of less than 0.25dB.
SC fiber optic patch cables are the most commonly used fiber optic cable. They are convenient to use and low cost. SC fiber optic patch cords are widely used in fiber optic networks.
3) ST Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: ST Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
ST stands for Straight-Tip and features a Bayonet twist locking mechanism. ST connector has 2.5mm diameter ferrule as in SC connector. It was developed by AT&T and was very popular in the 1980s and 1990s.
ST is a very commonly used fiber optic connector in fiber optic networks. Since SC connector is spring-loaded, you need to make sure it is seated properly. ST connector is rated for 500 mating cycles and features a typical insertion loss of 0.25 dB.
ST fiber patch cables are available in both single mode and multimode types.
4) FC Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: FC Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
FC stands for Fixed Connector and features a threaded barrel housing. FC connector was developed by NEC (Nippon Electric Co.) for use in high-vibration environments. It features a 2.5mm diameter ferrule and a typical insertion loss of 0.25dB.
FC connectors are commonly used in both single mode and polarization maintaining fiber. They are very common in datacom, telecom, measurement equipment and lasers. But they are being gradually replaced by SC and LC connectors.
FC connectors come in FC/PC (multimode), FC/UPC and FC/APC (both for single mode) versions.
FC fiber optic patch cables are available in both single mode and multimode versions.
5) MU Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: MU Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
MU connector is also a small form-factor connector which features a 1.25mm diameter ferrule as in LC connector. MU connector has the same push-pull locking mechanism as SC connector.
MU connector was developed by NTT and is more popular in Japan than other parts of the world. It is composed of plastic housing and 1.25mm zirconia (ceramic) ferrule. MU connector is sometimes called “mini SC” since it looks like a miniature SC connector.
Fiber Optics For Sale Co’s MU fiber optic patch cables are fully compatible with NTT-MU style products, and are NTT and JIS compliant.
MU connectors are used in advanced optical transmission, exchange, and subscriber systems or high speed data application.
6) MTRJ Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: MTRJ Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
MTRJ stands for Mechanical Transfer Registered Jack. MTRJ connectors use molded MT ferrules originated by NTT. Each MTRJ connector houses two fibers (duplex) and the footprint resembles copper RJ45 Ethernet connector.
It is half the size of a SC connector and contributes to the price drop per fiber port on fiber-to-the-desktop solutions. MTRJ connectors come in male (with two metal pins) and female (no pins).
MTRJ is a small form factor connector and becoming more and more common in fiber-to-the-desk networks.
7) SMA 905 and SMA 906 Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: SMA 905 and SMA 906 Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
SMA 905 connector, also known as FSMA connector, was one of the first fiber optic interconnect system that gained industry wide acceptance. It has a screw coupling nut (threaded plug and socket) and holds a single fiber.
SMA stands for Sub Miniature A. SMA 905 connector has a straight ferrule (3.14mm in diameter), while SMA 906 connector has a stepped ferrule. (ferrule diameter step from 0.118” to 0.089”) The stepped ferrule design allows an alignment sleeve to be used and therefore the SMA 906 connection has lower insertion loss than SMA 905 connection.
SMA connectors are typically used in medical, surgical, military, industrial, and laser systems. They were once popular but now they are decreasing in popularity.
SMA fiber optic patch cord is usually multimode. SMA connector’s ferrule is traditionally made of steel (tungsten carbide with copper-nickel alloy insert) although ceramic versions are also available.
8) MTP Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: MTP Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
MTP stands for "Multifiber Termination Push-on" connector and it is designed by USConec and built around the MT ferrule. Each MTP contains 12 fibers or 6 duplex channels in a connector smaller than most duplex connections in use today. It is designed as a high-performance version of the MPO and will interconnect with MPO connectors.
MTP fiber optic patch cable actually upgraded version of the former MPO connector. MTP fiber optic patch cord features better mechanical and optical performance compared to MPO. Both MTP and MPO series cables are multi fiber connectors.
MTP connector is manufactured specifically for a multi-fiber ribbon cable. The single mode version has a angled ferrule allowing for minimal back reflection, whereas the multimode connector ferrule is commonly flat.
Optical alignment is facilitated by a pair of metal guide pins in the ferrule of a male MTP connector, which mate with corresponding holes in the female MTP connector.
Another type of MTP connector is the Secure MTP version. Currently we carry 4 different "keys" of Secure MTP from USCONEC. K1, K2, K3, and K4. They have different colors that need to match up with the coupler in order to work. Those are described further in the secure MTP section.
9) MPO Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: MPO Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
MPO connector realizes high density interconnection by MT ferrule with Fiber Ribbon. Fiber Optics For Sale Co. offers various MPO Cable Assemblies. Our MPO cable assemblies can have up to 12 fibers, adopted to VSR interface and have low loss (about 0.35dB) in both single mode and multimode.
Single mode MPO fiber optic patch cord and multimode MPO fiber optic patch cable are commonly used in high-density backplane and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) applications in datacom and telecom systems.
10) E2000 Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: E2000 Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
E2000 connector was designed to be the ultimate in optical fiber connectors. E2000 connector exceeds all standards for connector performance and operation. It looks like a LC connector but with a shutter cover over the end of the fiber.
E2000 fiber optic patch cable can meet customers’ highest expectations. E2000 fiber optic patch cord assemblies have superior performance on insertion loss as well as exceptional repeatability.
E2000 fiber optic patch cord comes in E2000/PC (multimode), E2000/UPC and E2000/APC (both single mode). The insertion loss is 0.2dB for all three types. E2000/APC features <-85dB back reflection which makes it ideal for high-performance networks.
11) Corning Bend Insensitive Fiber Optic Patch Cable
Fiber Optics For Sale Co. offers bend insensitive fiber optic patch cable featuring Corning’s SMF-28e XB fiber. They support installation with small cable bending radius and compact organizers.The bend insensitive fiber optic patch cords are compliant with ITU-T G657.A standards.
SMF-28e XB fiber is an industry leader in comprehensive fiber performance. Available with the performance advantage of improved macrobend specifications, SMF-28e XB fiber expands the capability and performance of the world’s metropolitan and access networks including FTTH and CATV. This full-spectrum standard single-mode fiber is compliant with ITU-T G.652.D and G.657.A and is fully compatible with legacy single-mode fibers.
12) 45 Degree Boot Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: 45 Degree Boot Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
45 degree boot fiber optic patch cables have the same performance as regular straight boot patch cables. The only difference is that they have 45 degree rubber boot instead of a straight one. All common type of connectors are available with 45 degree boot including SC, ST, LC E2000, FC etc.
13) 90 Degree Boot Fiber Optic Patch Cable
PDF Download: 90 Degree Boot Fiber Optic Patch Cable Spec Sheet
90 degree boot fiber optic patch cables have the same performance as regular straight boot patch cables. The only difference is that they have 90 degree rubber boot instead of a straight one. All common type of connectors are available with 90 degree boot including SC, ST, LC E2000, FC etc.