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Sumitomo Electric Lightwave introduces Future Flex hybrid fiber bundles (June 20, 2007)

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave today announced the introduction of hybrid fiber bundles (HFB) to its FutureFLEX Air-Bl...


June 20, 2007  


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Sumitomo Electric Lightwave today announced the introduction of hybrid fiber bundles (HFB) to its FutureFLEX Air-Blown Fiber (ABF) product line.

As enterprises prepare to use more video-based applications from product demos to security surveillance the ability to control network capacity and quickly meet bandwidth requirements in real-time is rapidly becoming essential to the success of the enterprise network, the company said in a statement from NXTcomm 2007 in Chicago.

It added that hybrid fiber bundles can yield a three-fold increase in efficiency for each individual tube in the LAN infrastructure as 50 and 62.5 micron multimode, single-mode and the latest laser optimized 10 Gigabit 50/125 micron multimode fibers can now share one of FutureFLEX’s 19 tubes.

FutureFLEX’s air-blown fiber system consists of a point-to-point infrastructure of empty compact tubes available in a variety of configurations through which fiber bundles are blown using a pressure source of either compressed air or nitrogen.

Previously, either single-mode or multimode fiber bundles were blown in one or more of the inner tube cells requiring a two-step fiber insertion.

As ABF typically requires one-tenth the time and labor cost of a traditional fiber optic infrastructure, the introduction of HFB drives costs down even further, the company said.