CORNING, N.Y. — Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced two innovative optical cabling solutions that will help address future needs of the telecommunications industry: Corning® MiniXtend® HD Cable and Corning MiniXtend Cable with Binderless FastAccess® Technology.
As global demand for bandwidth continues to explode, smaller cables with higher optical fiber counts are needed. MiniXtend HD cable features Corning® SMF-28® Ultra 200 fiber, the industry’s first 200-micron fiber with a 9.2 micron nominal mode-field diameter (MFD), for seamless integration with existing networks.
The high-fiber, high-density micro cable delivers up to 288 fibers in an SZ stranded loose-tube micro-cable design that is up to 60 percent smaller, up to 70 percent lighter, and totally backwards compatible with a standards compliant ITU-T Recommendation G.652 fiber base.
With fiber being driven deeper into access networks, the number of optical cable installations and the frequency with which these cables are opened are increasing dramatically. Corning MiniXtend Cable with Binderless* FastAccess Technology is an innovative SZ stranded micro cable featuring a cable jacket that is easily peeled open without sharp tools to reveal binderless buffer tubes ready for immediate use. Together, these features reduce cable access time by as much as 70 percent and significantly reduce risk of damage to buffer tubes.
“With the introduction of MiniXtend HD cable and MiniXtend Cable with Binderless FastAccess Technology, Corning helps network operators stay ahead of the cyber traffic jam,” said John Igel, vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. “MiniXtend HD cable addresses the need for smaller, high-fiber-count cables for deployment in congested duct environments, while MiniXtend Cable with Binderless FastAccess Technology delivers fast, low-risk cable access.”
Both of Corning’s newest optical cabling solutions feature the proven performance of Corning® SMF-28 Ultra fiber, with industry-leading attenuation and a macro-bending response surpassing the requirements of ITU-T G.657.A1 recommendations. In addition, the fiber’s low loss improves signal reach up to 10 percent over conventional ITU-T G.652 fiber types and increases coverage as much as 20 percent when served by a point-of-presence or central office.
In celebration of its invention of the first low-loss optical fiber 45 years ago, Corning will unveil and demonstrate the performance of its new MiniXtend HD Cable and MiniXtend Cable with Binderless FastAccess Technology at the OFC/NFOC conference in Los Angeles, Calif., March 24-26. Other demonstrations will include the newly launched SMF-28® Ultra 200 fiber, ClearCurve® fiber, Vascade® EX3000 submarine fiber, as well as the Centrix™ and Pretium EDGE® high-density fiber management and data center solutions.
* Corning’s Binderless FastAccess Technology refers to the combination of an innovative jacket with state-of-the-art technology used to bind cable construction through the manufacturing process, eliminating the use of binder yarns and water-blocking tapes.
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About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.