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Revolutionary maintenance-free fiber optic interconnects

10 Jan 2020

DIAMOND SA is excited to announce our new Expanded Beam (XB) lensed ferrule interconnect series to further strengthen our wide range of existing products. This revolutionary lensed-ferrule technology ensures reliable and maintenance-free optical connections with insensitivity to dirt and debris.

The fast-growing deployment of optical fiber in industrial, avionic, military and transportation applications are leading to the increasing use of optical connectors providing low insertion loss, ease-of-use and, more important, serviceability. Connector contaminants are the leading cause of power loss and signal degradation, often requiring the continuous need for cleaning. For this reason, Diamond has developed a modular, single-mode lensed-ferrule that is certain to minimize or combat these factors. The XB ferrule has a compact form-factor that is designed to fit our standard connector bodies (i.e. E-2000™, MPO, MIL-38999, etc.). The use of exceedingly precise components and unique assembly techniques results in a highly repeatable, low insertion loss ferrule, that opens new perspectives in the context of optical connections, where mating-cycles, dust insensitivity, reliability and low losses are required.

Expanded Beam Technology

In a lensed-fiber optical connection, the alignment accuracy between the fiber, the lens and their corresponding counterpart must be kept very tight in order to attain proper insertion losses. Diamond has developed an ultra-low tolerance optical sub-assembly with a micro lens and a ferrule embedded in a high precision guide ceramic sleeve. This is accomplished through ultra-precise machining of ceramics and opto-mechanical parts, along with a vertically integrated manufacturing process, from the raw materials to the finished product, and a consequent quality system. The result is a high performance, exceedingly reliable lensed-ferrule assembly offering compact size and highly repeatable low insertion loss.

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About Diamond SA

Diamond SA is a Swiss company with a long tradition of specialists in the design, development and manufacturing of connectors for precision optical fibers. With more than thirty years of experience in the field, Diamond SA is a recognized expert and market leader in fiber optic connectivity, offering specific and targeted products for each type of market.

As a vertically integrated company, Diamond SA is one of the few manufacturers that has full control over its manufacturing process. High-quality ceramic, metal and plastic components, from the raw material to the end product, are all processed in-house. This system allows Diamond to guarantee that every single component meets all the quality, reliability and performance standards found in Diamond products around the world.

Diamond will be presenting the new XB series at the Photonics West 2020 exhibition in San Francisco. Booth #2248

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