New 3M™ Expanded Beam Ferrule and Connector System Allows Data Center Engineers to Connect with Confidence

3M revolutionizes optical interconnect for next generation data
centers, leaving traditional fiber optic connector designs in the dust

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OFC Conference, Booth 1814 – The new 3M™ Expanded Beam Optical
Connector System is engineered as a high-performance, cost-effective and
scalable single mode and multimode interconnect system for data center
applications. A first-of-its-kind, the revolutionary expanded beam
ferrule and connector system challenges the status quo of optical
interconnect and is designed to enable the industry to meet next
generation data center demands.

Fiber optic expanded beam interconnect designed to deliver leading
edge performance, reduce sensitivity to dust and lower total cost of

“We’ve reimagined fiber optic connectors,” said Nick Stacey, Ph.D.,
global laboratory manager at 3M. “Our ferrule and connector technology
are designed to reduce cleaning requirements, to provide design
flexibility and to enable the performance necessary for next generation
optical deployment.”

The 3M™ Expanded Beam Optical Ferrule uses a non-contact optical
coupling in contrast to the more traditional physical contact methods.
Together with the connector design, this helps to provide reduced
sensitivity to dust, helping maintain signal integrity, and reducing the
need for, and cost of, maintenance and cleaning.

It is available in single mode (1310 nm) and multimode (850 nm)
versions. In single mode, insertion loss specification is <0.70 dB, and return loss is >55 dB. In multimode, insertion loss specification is
<0.30 dB, and return loss is >25 dB. The configurable and scalable
connector design can accommodate anywhere from 12 fibers to 192 fibers.
The simple, but robust hermaphroditic component geometry design, with
low part count, can be mated and re-mated reliably with a simple
LC-style latch. The performance enables architects and engineers to
deploy the technology in multilink data center applications.

Collaborating with inspection tool providers – creating an ecosystem
that will enable scalable deployment

3M is developing an ecosystem for its Expanded Beam Optical Connector
System. 3M is announcing its collaboration with inspection tool
providers EXFO
and Sumix,
who are developing adapters for their tools, inspection images and pass
or fail criteria for 3M connectors.

You can learn more about the 3M™ Expanded Beam Optical Connector at
Booth #1814 at the OFC Conference. A live application demonstration will
be available, as well as collaborative demos with EXFO (Booth #2801) and
Sumix (Booth #2746). You can also visit
for more information.

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Becca Lunt
Inprela Communications
(612) 677-2036

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