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Optical Link Quick Connect

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107997D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Graham, ML: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The optical quick connect is a combination of the standard SC-style optical connector and the optical wrap plug shipped with the AS/400* serial optical link system. By modifying the optical wrap plug to hold the ceramic ferrule from the standard SC-style connector, the optical quick connect combines the high quality optical connection required to accurately measure optical power output with low insertion and extraction force required when a manufacturing tester operator may plug and unplug the connector two hundred times a day.

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Optical Link Quick Connect

       The optical quick connect is a combination of the
standard SC-style optical connector and the optical wrap plug shipped
with the AS/400* serial optical link system.  By modifying the
optical wrap plug to hold the ceramic ferrule from the standard
SC-style connector, the optical quick connect combines the high
quality optical connection required to accurately measure optical
power output with low insertion and extraction force required when a
manufacturing tester operator may plug and unplug the connector two
hundred times a day.

      The wrap plug wraps light from an optical transmitter to an
optical receiver for diagnostic purposes.  The wrap plug consists of
plastic ferrules and plastic optical fiber in a plastic housing.  The
wrap plug requires less force for plugging and unplugging than the
standard SC-style connector.  This is because the standard connector
is designed to resist accidental pulling on optical fiber cables,
which may occur in the field.

      The plastic ferrule/fiber combination is not a predictable
enough light collector and conductor to be used for optical power
setting for federal safety standards. Ceramic ferrules and glass
fibers are required to meet this accuracy requirement.

      To meet the accuracy requirements for power setting and also
get the low insertion and extraction force for ergonomics, the wrap
plug housing is machined to accept ceramic ferrules, and holes are
added to the ba...