Physical Contact

ODU Fiber Optic Physical Contact solutions are cost‐efficient optical connections that meet all standard requirements for fast and reliable data transmission. We offer them as a ready‐made complete system that includes our robust ODU connectors. The Physical Contact solution is characterized by very low insertion loss, which makes up to 1,000 mating cycles possible.

The contact system installed in this solution is available as a multimode and singlemode version in either a straight (PC) or 8° angled (APC) design. Due to the small end surface of the fiber, it is especially important that it is kept clean. Therefore, the connectors must be cleaned before each mating cycle. This is the only way to guarantee optimum optical transmission at high data rates.

Technical data*

Fiber Optic Expanded Beam Performance Expanded Beam Physical Contact Polymer Optical Fiber
Contact Type Expanded Beam Expanded Beam PC / APC PC
Insertion loss <0.7 dB (SM)/<0.3 dB (MM) ≤ 1,5 dB ≤ 0.5 dB ≤ 1.5 dB
Return loss ≥ 55dB (SM)/ ≥25dB (MM) ≥ 32 dB (Multimode) > 40 dB (Singlemode) / > 30 dB (Multimode)
Mating cycles(**) 25,000 100,000 1,000 10,000
Cleaning Every 5,000 mating cycles (***) Every 20,000 mating cycles(***) Before each mating cycle(***) No cleaning required
Temperature range –40 °C to +80 °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

*) Contact transition only, specifics of the connector series may deviate
**) Tested under controlled conditions
***) Cleaning instructions

Features of our Physical Contact technology

  • Fiber only and hybrid systems
  • Fiber Optic solution with up to 1,000 mating cycles
  • Low insertion loss
  • Multimode and singlemode versions available
  • Robust and reliable optical connection
  • Fast transmission of high data rates
  • Easy cleaning
  • IP68 sealing (in the mated condition)
  • Available in the ODU MEDI‐SNAP®, ODU MINI‐SNAP®, ODU AMC®, ODU-MAC® series

ODU Fiber Optic – how Physical Contact technology works

ODU's physical contact technology is available in these product series:

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