USB 3.Optical™

How Does USB 3.Optical™ Work For You?

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USB 3.Optical™ Cables by Corning connects computers and devices at incredible speed and over longer distances. They’re thin, light and remarkably tough — Optical Cables by Corning can be bent, squeezed, and tangled.

Connection Diagram

USB 3.Optical Connection Diagram

Available in 10m, 15m, 30m, and 50m lengths.

This cable is designed to be compatible with self-powered devices using USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces. However, the USB-IF has not yet developed a specification for optical fiber transmission.

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Computer/Host to Device: Up to 30 m/100 ft

Type A Plug to Type A Receptacle

Operating Temperature: 0° to 45°C (32° to 113°F)

Emissions: FCC Class (B), CE
Regulatory: RoHS, UL 758, AWM VW-1
Maximum Cable Tensile Strength: 33 lbs
Eye Safety: Class 1 Laser Product per IEC 60825-1
UL Listing Mark: Meets Safety Requirements — Category AOC

USB 3.Optical Cross Section

Download Specification

Download in A4 format

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are USB 3.Optical™ Cables by Corning compatible with all USB devices?

Though no USB standard currently exists for optical cables, USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning have been successfully tested with more than a hundred devices spanning all major consumer operating systems. In general, you can expect USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning to work with most self-powered USB 3.0/2.0 compliant device.

I want to charge my portable device (like iPhone or iPad) with USB 3.Optical™ Cables by Corning. Is that possible?

USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning are designed to be used with self-powered peripherals only. No significant power is available after powering its internal opto-electronics. A self-powered USB 3.0/2.0 hub can always be used at the peripheral (B-side) to provide power if desired.

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