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FOA proposes standard fiber optic connector

The Fiber Optic Association (FOA), the professional society of fiber optics, has proposed a new fiber optic connect...


September 8, 2004  


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The Fiber Optic Association (FOA), the professional society of fiber optics, has proposed a new fiber optic connector concept as an industry standard.

The association says that over the history of fiber optics, one consistent complaint from network equipment manufacturers and end users has been the lack of connector standardization.

"An estimated 100 connector designs have been manufactured since fiber optics began in the late 1970s," it said in a statement.

"That lack of standardization has been blamed by many as one of the major reasons fiber optics has been unable to penetrate the LAN desktop market where copper cable and connectors benefit from one standard design."

Previous attempts to standardize on a single design have failed it said because technology was changing too rapidly, applications were too varied and the process required agreement from manufacturers, each of whom were
supporting their own products.

The FOA hopes to gain involvement of end users, network equipment manufacturers, fiber optic component manufacturers and industry standards organizations so it will be possible to finally develop a standard connector that will be widely accepted in the industry.

“The FOA is not making such a proposal in a vacuum,” said FOA President Jim Hayes. “What we propose is not new technology, but a practical application of current technology, packaged in a way that offers many advantages to everyone involved. Since we have no vested interest in the industry, we can look at the needs of all users without prejudice.”

It plans to make presentations about the proposed connector design at appropriate standards meetings to guage response to the idea.