Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced its newest single-mode optical fibre innovation, Corning® SMF-28® Ultra 200 fibre (add link). The industry’s first 200-micron fibre with a 9.2 micron nominal mode-field diametre (MFD), SMF-28 Ultra 200 fibre enables the design of smaller, lighter, fully backwards compatible high-fibre, high-density cables.
As global demand for bandwidth continues to explode, smaller cables with higher optical fibre counts are needed. Conventional ITU-T recommendation G.657-compliant 200-micron fibres may have a nominal mode field diameter (MFD) as low as 8.6 microns, resulting in an MFD mismatch with legacy 9.2 micron MFD ITU-T G.652 -compliant fibre in existing networks. By combining ITU-T G.657.A1 compliance with a 9.2 micron MFD, SMF-28 Ultra 200 fibre uniquely delivers enhanced bend resistance and seamless integration with the installed ITU-T G.652 fibre base in a 200-micron product.
“Corning SMF-28 Ultra 200 fibre helps solve one of the world’s toughest network challenges – increasing fibre capacity without taking up more space,” said John Igel, vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Fibre and Cable. “With the problem of MFD compatibility eliminated, network operators have the freedom to deploy fibre-rich 200-micron cables to address capacity and congestion – with the proven performance of SMF-28 Ultra fibre.”
Corning’s family of SMF-28 Ultra fibres offers enhanced optical bending resilience for innovative cable design with a macro-bending response surpassing the requirements of ITU-T G.657.A1 recommendations. The fibre’s low attenuation improves signal reach up to 10 percent over conventional ITU-T G.652 fibre types and increases coverage as much as 20 percent when served by a point-of-presence or central office. The SMF-28 Ultra fibre portfolio delivers better system margin for high-capacity performance at 100 gigabit and beyond, and for next-generation passive optical networks (PONs) and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical networks (WDM-PONs).
In celebration of its invention of the first low-loss optical fibre 45 years ago, Corning will unveil and demonstrate the performance of its new MiniXtend™ HD Cable and MiniXtend™ Cable with Binderless FastAccess™ Technology at ANGA COM in Cologne, Germany, June 9-11 on booth K31. Other demonstrations will include pre-connectorised FTTH solutions, Corning Cabelcon® Connectors, Centrix™ and Pretium EDGE® high-density fibre management and data centre solutions, as well as the newly launched SMF-28® Ultra 200 fibre.
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