High Density Versatile Optical Flex Circuit Cable Assemblies
Fiber Optical Flex Circuit’s optical flex circuit assemblies were developed with the design engineer in mind. They can be utilized for card to card or backplane applications and offer the designer multiple options in cable assembly design, connectorization, and routing.
December 12, 2017
TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has released its newly developed optical flex circuit cable assemblies. These compact, robust fiber optic circuits offer a multifiber management solution for high-speed electronic packaging. Fully customizable for both card-to-card and backplane applications, TE’s new optical flex circuits are ruggedized for the harsh environments of aerospace, commercial and military aircraft, and defense systems.
Optical flex circuits are made up of thousands of individual fibers precisely positioned on a single rugged substrate that employs crossovers to minimize stress while maximizing opportunities for complex routing arrangements. A thin film encapsulating each fiber helps provide enhanced protection from harsh environments and allows for high-density packaging that saves valuable space. Added durability and low insertion loss are achieved through controlled optical circuit routing using a computer numerical control (CNC) machine.
“These new multipurpose fiber optic circuits are designed for a variety of aerospace and defense applications,” said Christophe Prel, product manager, Aerospace, Defense & Marine at TE Connectivity. “Multiple options in cable assembly design, connectorization, and routing give designers the flexibility to help maximize performance and design a solution tailored to their needs.”
Optical flex circuits manage high fiber counts in small spaces to simplify routing. They can accommodate up to 12 layers stacked and up to six fiber crossings.
TE Connectivity Ltd. is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS.