Wide range of Fibre Optic Connectors, Adapters and Cables available from Cliff Electronics

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Cliff Electronics, leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors and test equipment now offer a wide range of optical connectors, cables and accessories suitable for high quality audio and broadcast systems, AV installations, home theatre, games consoles, automation, instrumentation, data and IT connectivity, medical equipment instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition and other high bandwidth signal connections.

Optical connectivity is virtually unaffected by electrical noise when transmitting and receiving digital signals and is rapidly becoming a standard feature of HDTV, high-quality audio equipment including portable products and IT systems.

Cliff Electronics optical jacks are available as single or dual optical transmitter/receiver versions with right-angle PCB mounting and a self-tapping screw hole for panel mounting. All conform to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1210 and also RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05 standards for digital audio interfaces including fibre-optic interconnections. Standard and low-profile versions are available, and three models replace a plug-in cover with a convenient hinged shutter to protect against contamination.

Electrical specification of Cliff’s optical jacks is; supply voltage -0.5 to 7.0V maximum, input voltage -0.5 to +0.5V maximum, operating temperature -20 to +70ºC and soldering temperature 260ºC maximum.

Fibre Optic Connectors are also available in Cliff’s market leading Feedthrough connector series. SC Simplex, LC Duplex and TOSLINK EIAJ fibre-optic connection options are available in plastic or rugged metal shells. Designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout, this simplifies panel design and manufacture and improves end product aesthetics. Fibre-optic FeedThrough connectors may also be supplied pre-assembled into 19” rack panels to simplify and speed up system assembly.

To accompany their optical connector range Cliff also manufactures moulded optical lead assemblies (TOSLINK cables) for use with optical jacks. The TOSLINK (Toshiba Link) Optical Audio Data Cables conform to a standard, optical fibre, digital, audio interface and are available in 1.5 and 2.5 metre lengths. Lead terminals conform to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1201 and also RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05 standards for digital audio interfaces including fibre-optical interconnections.

Completing the Cliff Fibre-Optic product range is a Toslink/Optical adaptor which converts a Toslink Optical Cable / Connection to a 3.5mm (Mini Toslink) Jack. This enables standard Optical Cables to be plugged into laptops, PC soundcards, minidiscs and other portable audio equipment.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Optical interconnections are virtually unaffected by noise when transmitting and receiving signals and have been adopted as standard in portable audio equipment. Their use is also growing in popularity in datacentres and instrumentation systems. Our wide range of feedthrough connector and jack options allow us to provide best-fit solutions for OEMs and Systems Integrators.”

Harwin Provides Industry with Smallest & Most Lightweight Mixed-Layout Connectors To Date

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Harwin continues to extend the scope of its high-reliability (hi-rel) connector portfolio through the introduction of mixed-layout versions of the company’s popular Gecko-SL series. By complementing the data contacts with 2 or 4 power contacts (in power/data configurations of either 1+8+1 or 2+8+2), the Gecko-MT products enable significant space and weight reductions in electronic hardware. This means that they address modern system designs where major constraints can be placed on these parameters. The respective power and data current ratings are 10A and 2.8A max per contact.
The initial release comprises female and male cable connectors, plus female vertical and male right-angle PCB connector options. These components are fitted with sturdy, stainless steel screw-lok fixings (in both conventional and reversed formats), to ensure ongoing interconnect integrity in even the most challenging of application environments. They have 20G vibration and 100G shock resilience and their operational temperature range spans from -65°C to 150°C. Low outgassing properties are also exhibited.
By encompassing both data and power in a single compact and lightweight solution, Gecko-MT connectors are highly optimized for avionics, defense, space, and motorsport. Among the key target applications are robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battery management and satellites. They are available from stock and through Harwin’s distribution network. In addition, cable assemblies can be requested for manufacture by Harwin’s in-house operations.
“By specifying Gecko-MT, engineers will be able to streamline their designs, improve size and weight profiles and reduce bill-of-materials costs by using a smaller and lower-cost component than comparable Micro-D connectors,” states John Brunt, Product Manager for High-Reliability at Harwin. “By combining together power and signal in one robust mating pair, savings can be made in both weight and space, without any compromise in performance or longevity.”

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