Expanded Beam Performance

The Expanded Beam Performance technology is an advanced fiber optic solution. It offers high-end transmission characteristics over many mating cycles. The excellent optical performance remains unchanged even under mechanical stress, environmental influences and harsh ambient conditions.
Since there is no direct contact between the contact ends, Expanded Beam connections are relatively insensitive to contamination and can be cleaned easily. No cleaning is required under normal conditions. This ensures reliable transmission without damage.

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Technical data contact transition*

Fiber Optic Expanded Beam Performance Expanded Beam Physical Contact Polymer Optical Fiber
Contact Type Expanded Beam Expanded Beam PC / APC PC
Insertion loss SM: < 0,35 dB (typical) /
< 0.7 dB (max.)
MM: < 0,15 dB (typical) /
< 0.3 dB (max.)
≤ 1,5 dB ≤ 0.5 dB ≤ 1.5 dB
Return loss SM: > 60 dB (typical) /
≥ 55 dB (min.)
MM: > 45 dB (typical) /
≥ 35 dB (min.)
≥ 32 dB (Multimode) > 40 dB (Singlemode) /
> 30 dB (Multimode)
Mating cycles(**) 50,000 100,000 1,000 10,000
Cleaning No cleaning, only if necessary (***) No cleaning, only if necessary (***) Before each mating cycle (***) No cleaning required
Temperature range –65 °C bis +105 °C –40 °C bis +85 °C –25 °C to +75 °C –40 °C to +85 °C
Fiber types Multimode 50 / 125 μm – Singlemode 9 / 125 μm Multimode 50 / 125 μm Multimode 50 / 125 μm – Singlemode 9 / 125 μm 980 / 1,000 μm

*) Specifics of the connector series may deviate
**) Tested under controlled conditions
***) Cleaning instructions

Features of our Expanded Beam Performance

  • Fiber only system
  • Singlemode and Multimode
  • Up to 12 Fibers
  • High mating cycles depending on connector system (contact transition allows up to 50,000 mating cycles, specifics of the connector series may deviate)
  • Extremely low insertion loss values even under harsh environments
  • Rugged and reliable optical connection
  • Fast transmission of high data rates
  • No cleaning, only if necessary
  • Tightness up to IP68 (in mated condition)
  • Indoor, outdoor and harsh environments
  • Available in the ODU AMC® Series T

ODU Expanded Beam Performance – New ferrule and connector design

ODU's Expanded Beam Performance fiber technology is available in these product series:

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