technology to polyphenylene sulfide
(PPS) thermoplastic injection molding, which is much less susceptible to
moisture absorption—a key culprit
in degraded connector performance.
The adoption of thermoplastic injection moldings also made it possible to
quickly scale up production to meet
high-volume demand, while also improving control over ferrule endface
geometry during the polishing to improve connector performance.
Design improvements to the MTP
Elite housing components also made
it easier to install, take out, clean, and
return to service. This set the stage for
future innovations poised to simplify
life for installers even more.
We have come a long way since the
initial MT ferrule technology used in
Japanese telecom networks. But the
MTP format is just getting started.
Today, the challenge we face is hyperscale, big data, and cloud data centers:
How do we provision, add, and support
high-density, bandwidth-greedy applications that require massive space to
accommodate a massive number of cables? With its ever-improving insertion loss, fiber density, and ease of installation, and its time-tested stability,
the MTP connector is ready to meet
But it’s important to note that the
MTP brand isn’t built just for the me-
ga-cloud, big data, and hyperscale
computing. The latest versions of MTP
connectors are designed to work not
only with true fiber-to-fiber connec-
tions, but with a host of other technol-
ogy and electronics across all vertical
industries—financial, medical, educa-
tional, colocation and more.
So whether you’re working with
duplex, 8-, or 16-fiber transmissions,
the MTP connector scales to whatever technology you’re using—
including new parallel applications such as
400-Gbit Ethernet capable of running
across 32, 16, and 8 fibers. With their
robust engineering, MTP connectors
also perform in a wide range of operating environments, including those
with high humidity, extreme heat and
cold, and fluctuating temperatures.
The next-generation MTP
With its usefulness in so many differ-
ent applications with so many differ-
ent technologies, the MTP connector
offers versatility that is definitely an
advantage for installers. But this ver-
satility also has presented some chal-
lenges. Installers struggle with not
knowing whether they need a male or
a female end, or with managing po-
larity when they’re dealing with thou-
sands of fibers that not only have to
transmit, but also receive. These is-
sues can delay deployment and rack up
hours on the job.
The latest generation of the MTP
connector brings novel features and
functionality that simplify field con-figurability. Don’t have the right male
or female end on hand? Not a problem. The new MTP connectors make it
easy to change gender and polarity in
the field, without requiring a specialized skill set or a connector engineer.
Along with optimized field configu-rability, the connectors also feature
environmentally friendly performance
enhancements that improve the feel of
plugging and unplugging.
Since 1996, installers have relied
on MTP connectors to speed deployment of data center installations. Now
we’ve seen that the advantages of MTP
go much further. With their 20-plus-
year history of performance, ongoing
improvements, and the next generation of advancements soon to come,
MTP connectors still deliver exceptional value for a vast range of network technologies. Regardless of the
technology you’re working with, make
MTP connectors part of your data center buildout. And take full advantage
of the time savings, space efficiencies,
and simplicity synonymous with the
MTP brand. u
Time travel with the MTP
The MTP continues to evolve and improve, as it has for more than a decade.
2004—Engineers increase the MTP connector’s fiber count, packing up to 72 fibers into one format.
2005—The multimode MTP Elite connector is released, enabling fast installation of systems with lower-cost transceivers.
2007—A lower-insertion-loss version of the multimode MTP Elite is released.
2010—A multimode version is introduced, allowing up to 24 fibers in one connector.
2012—Standards bodies sanction the MTP format for data centers.
2013—Industry standards bodies accept the MTP format for transceivers.
2015—The MTP 16 format is introduced, accommodating up to 16 fiber connections in a single row.
Soon—A new MTP 16 will be made available in a singlemode version.