Clearfield Doubles Optical Component Densities

  • Clearfield
  • FTTH
  • Fiber Management
MINNEAPOLIS - Clearfield, a specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms, announced two new high-density solutions: the multifiber push-on (MPO) equipped Clearview Cassette and the Half-Wide LGX Blade. Both product offerings are now shipping and available from Clearfield and its distribution partners.

The Clearview Cassette, which is the cornerstone of the FieldSmart fiber management architecture, delivers 12 times the fiber connectivity previously available when it is teamed with the MPO connector. The Half-Wide LGX Blade doubles optical component density for those requiring an LGX footprint.

Cloud computing and other data management requirements are driving the need for density, and MPO connectors can help fit more connections into tighter spaces. Previously, MPO connectors were deployed only in multimode environments; now, technological advances in single-mode MPO design have encouraged network managers to expand their application into central offices and data centers.

Delivering 12 units of fiber connectivity in each of its 12 connector ports, the MPO-equipped Clearview Cassette provides up to 144 fibers within its small footprint - or 288 ports in a single 1RU panel at max configuration. When they are deployed in an interconnect configuration, FieldSmart fiber panels, wall boxes and cabinets that utilize the Clearview Cassette offer the industry's highest density solution. As a cross-connect, a Clearview Cassette offers superior flexibility and ease of restoration.

Both solutions reduce capital equipment cost by as much as 50 percent in comparison with a standard connector option for the same port count. By turning fiber management inside out and delivering 12 units of self-contained fiber management within the device, the Clearview Cassette can provide the scalability and modularity of incremental fiber connectivity where and when it is required — while continuing to provide integrating splicing capabilities within the device.

Johnny Hill, chief operating officer at Clearfield, notes, "Bandwidth requirements are driving the demand for fiber and forcing network managers to make room for more fiber everywhere in their networks. A design principle of the FieldSmart product line is to lead the market in port density and access, and this new solution demonstrates our ongoing commitment."

The MPO-equipped Clearview Cassette can be deployed within any Fieldsmart technology, including the FieldSmart Fiber Distribution System (FxDS) panel and frame family, FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) outside-plant cabinet and the FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) series of MDU and business-class wallboxes.

Half-Wide LGX Blade Doubles Optical Component Connectivity
Fiber exhaust and increasing bandwidth demands challenge broadband service providers to increase performance within existing network architectures. As a result, the need for high-performing optical components in a dense footprint is rapidly accelerating.

"Clearfield leads the way in optical component flexibility and density within the Clearview Cassette. However, when the traditional LGX footprint is preferred, either due to standardization on a previous design or existing architecture, service providers have been limited in the number of ports they could deploy," comments Hill.

He adds, "The introduction of our Half-Wide LGX Blade allows our customers to double the number of optical components deployed in the identical space without impairing access."

Clearfield's full line of optical component technologies, including WDM, DWDM and optical circulators, is available in this packaging option. Housed within Clearfield's 19" or 23" Optical Component Chassis, as many as 29 half-wide LGX blades, each with up to 12 total ports, can be managed within just 6" of rack space.

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