This board-to-backplane connector developed by the Navy is an expanded beam fiber optic connector interface that is readily cleanable in the military shipboard and aircraft application environment as it is easy to maintain in tight working spaces. The connector is also useful for network data centers.
The de-mateable expanded beam fiber optic connector enables quicker connection and disconnection than splicing. The connectors mechanically couple and align the cores of fibers so light can pass.
The connector design includes low-insertion loss, high-return loss (low-amounts of reflection at the interface), ease of installation, low-cost, reliability, low-environmental sensitivity, and ease of use.
The improved design results in an extremely cleanable and maintainable interface because no sockets, pockets, or crevices exist for dirt and debris to settle in when the connectors are not mated or sealed to one another. Mateable connectors also decrease the risk of breakage when the connectors are misaligned.
Applications for this technology include military communications, outside media communications, and industrial communications.
- Readily cleanable; gasket to keep external dirt and debris away from the optical interface
- Withstands the most extreme environmental conditions with reduced sensitivity to dust, vibrations, and temperature changes
- Addresses maintenance constraints for inspecting and cleaning fiber optic connectors located in tight working spaces
- Small size with quick and easy installation
- US Patent 10,139,567 is available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Navy researchers