High bandwidth optical connectors simplify panel design

Posted By : Alice Matthews
High bandwidth optical connectors simplify panel design

 

A range of optical connectors are manufactured by Cliff Electronics which are suitable for high quality audio systems, broadcast, AV installations, home theatre, automation, instrumentation, data and IT connectivity, medical equipment instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition and other high bandwidth signal connections.

Cliff’s Feedthrough connector series includes SC Simplex, LC Duplex and TOSLINK EIAJ fibre-optic connection options available in plastic or rugged metal shells and designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout, simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving design aesthetics.

Cliff also manufacture a range of single and dual optical transmitter and receiver jacks conforming to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1201, (also RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05. Standard and low profile versions are available and three models replace a plug-in cover with a convenient hinged shutter to protect against contamination. The optical jacks are designed for PCB mounting and, some models have a self-tapping hole for panel mounting.

To accompany their optical connector range Cliff also manufactures moulded moulded optical lead assemblies (TOSLINK cables) for use with their optical jacks. TOSLINK (Toshiba Link) Optical Audio Data Cables conform to a standard, optical fibre, digital, audio interface. The standard is widely used in consumer audio equipment like CD players, DVD players, television set-top boxes, games consoles, computers and audio-visual receivers. 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.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, commented: “Optical jacks are virtually unaffected by noise when transmitting and receiving signals between digital audio equipment and data systems, enabling high quality audio transmission and high speed data transfer. It continues to be adopted as a virtual standard in portable audio equipment and is becoming very popular in data centres and instrumentation systems. With our feedthrough connector and jack options we can provide best-fit solutions for OEMs and Systems Integrators.”

Cliff Electronics range of XLR footprint FeedThrough connectors allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio and industrial applications.

Cliff FTs are now available in many options including RJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions. Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity is available in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A 'gender change' sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

Cliff is now offering system integrators 1U, 19” rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 of their Feedthrough (FT) connectors to simplify system assembly, reduce manufacturing time, component count and cost. With applications including Broadcast and AV 'patch panels' and MIL, Medical, Control and Instrumentation signal input/output panels etc. the 1U assemblies can be factory loaded with the specific connectors required by the system designer including BNC, single or dual USB or RJ45 with internal cable harnesses available as a special order.

As a UK manufacturer Cliff are able to respond quickly to customer’s needs for both standard products and custom designs. Cliff manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts and connection blocks, motors, fans and assembly aids. Cliff can also provide a wide range of leads including test and instrumentation, audio, instrument and power.

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