MediSpec Hybrid Circular MT Connectors and Receptacles from Molex Provide a Streamlined Solution Ideal for Medical Systems
News Release from:
27 February 2012
Molex Incorporated introduces the MediSpec Hybrid Circular MT Cable and Receptacle System, an integrated optical and electrical solution that reduces the number of connectors required in medical equipment and devices. The multifunctional connector uses Molex's circular MT optical connector and receptacle technology, providing 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.
This integrated technology may be incorporated into a custom solution to meet an end user’s specific requirements.
The MediSpec Hybrid Circular MT system offers a more streamlined approach to medical system design and is ideal for a variety of applications including robotic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging, optical coherence tomography, guidance/illumination/navigation, interventional energy lasers and Picture Archival Communications (PAC).
“Medical equipment manufacturers are being driven to develop more advanced optical and electrical interconnects, while at the same time reducing complexity for the end user and minimising costs,” said Eve Leal, program manager, Molex. “By combining both the optical ferrules and electrical contacts in one interface, the MediSpec Hybrid Circular MT system streamlines the number of connectors a customer needs to deploy, helping simplify installation, increase aesthetics and reduce costs.”
For the PC board or equipment side, the MediSpec Hybrid Circular MT system offers 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.
Other features that make the MediSpec Hybrid Circular MT Connectors and Receptacles well-suited for medical systems include:
• Metal and medical-grade polymer connector housing options: Metal housing provides a robust 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.
• Expanded beam MT ferrule option: Helps reduce optical loss due to contamination, protects fibres from debris, scratching, pitting and provides long-term connection reliability, a critical requirement of medical equipment.
• Fibre counts range from 1 to 24 fibres per ferrule: Accommodates multimode expanded beam 12-fiber ferrules and/or traditional multimode and singlemode MT ferrules for a variety of signalling, sensing or power carrying applications used in medical fibre optic-based products and technologies.