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Optical connector solution targets medical apps

Posted: 14 Feb 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optical connector  MT system  medical system 

Molex Inc. debuts the MediSpec hybrid circular MT cable and receptacle system multi-functional connector, which is an integrated optical and electrical solution that aims to cut the number of connectors needed in medical systems.

Based on Molex's circular MT optical connector and receptacle technology, the MediSpec hybrid circular MT system offers three configurable MT ferrule compatible ports for a combination of copper or fibre media carrying electrical power, low speed copper signalling, optical data or video signals.

The MediSpec hybrid circular MT system is engineered for applications such as robotic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging, optical coherence tomography, guidance/illumination/navigation, interventional energy lasers and picture archival communications.

For the PC board or equipment side, the MediSpec hybrid circular MT system provides various options of Molex connectors including optical MT, LC and SC along with electrical connectors such as Micro-Fit 3.0, MicroClasp and various RJ-45 jacks. The product comes in a metal housing that allows the connector to withstand harsh environments and offers EMI shielding, while the polymer housing is lightweight and ideal for sensitive applications, including MRI and PET scans, according to Molex.

The optical connectors are said to help reduce optical loss due to contamination, protect fibres from debris, scratching, pitting and provide long-term connection reliability, a critical requirement of medical equipment, according to the company. Likewise, the MediSpec hybrid circular MT system accommodates multi-mode expanded beam 12-fibre ferrules and/or traditional multi-mode and single mode MT ferrules for signalling, sensing or power carrying applications used in medical fibre optic-based products and technologies.

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