The MTP connector is a multifiber connector that contains up to twelve optical fibers within a single ferrule. This design allows the use of ribbonized fiber to achieve very high density. This density is directly translated into money savings due to the reduced need for optical hardware, and because less telecommunications room real estate is required. As shown by the adapters in Figure 1, an MTP connector takes up less space on a panel than SC duplex connectors. As customers are now migrating from the SC connector to smaller form factor connectors, such as the MT-RJ, the MTP promises to be the next step in high-density applications.
US Conec manufactures durable MTP® brand connectors that provide quick connection for up to 72 optical fibers. Connection integrity is provided by adapter latches which are locked into place on the connector plug by a spring loaded sliding mechanism. Precision alignment is achieved with patented guide pins combined with the tightly controlled guide pin holes on US Conec’s MT ferrules. Removable housings allow for quick change of gender, ferrule cleaning, interferometry or connector re-polishing. US Conec’s MTP brand connector components are fully compliant with IEC Standard 61754-7 and TIA 604-5 – Type MPO.
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What is the different between MPO and MTP connector?
MPO was the first generation of multi-fiber connectors designed by NTT. It is now the name of the category of multi-fiber connectors produced by several companies. MTP brand connectors, however, is USCONEC’s trade name for their own superior style of MPO connector. MTP brand fiber system is an innovative group of products, which is designed and introduced as a performance version of MPO connectors. MTP brand connector contains 12 fibers of 6 duplex channels in a connector that is smaller than most duplex connections in use today. MTP brand connectors utilize precision molded ferrule which can connect from four to seventy-two fibers using either ribbon or subgroups loose-tube cable. Male MTP brand connectors are pre-installed with two precision guide pins to accommodate precision alignment when mating ferrules. MTP connectors are also utilizing a push-pull connector housing for quick and reliable connectors.
The IT planning group would survey the data center and order specific length of these pre-terminated cables. On installation today, the cables can be simply plugged into factory-assembled patch panel systems. These MPO pre-terminated high-fiber-count cables are commonly called plug-and-play solutions. In designing and costing your networks, it would be wise to compare the material and labor cost of these cables to the cost of bare cables, which require connector installation in the field.