|[March 20, 2017]
nanoPrecision Products Launches the Ferrolder®
Products has announced the commercial launch of the Ferrolder,
a breakthrough fiber optic connector component that combines the ferrule
and ferrule holder in one. Constructed from titanium, the Ferrolder can
be assembled onto a fiber without the use of epoxy, eliminating the
single largest cause of connector failure while also dramatically
Available for single-mode or multimode applications, the Ferrolder is
qualified for "Single Optical Connector SC-UPC kit" by Verizon and is
now available in SC UPC connectorized fiber cable assembly format, with
APC (News - Alert) format coming soon.
nanoPrecision Products designed the Ferrolder to help the
telecommunications and data communications industries better accommodate
the exploding amount of data that has been driven by the Internet Age.
The 270 megabit/second data transfer speeds that were hailed in the
1970s have been eclipsed by speeds that are now 400
gigabits/second, a factor of 1,500 times faster and increasing.
"While incremental improvements have been made over the years, the
design of today's fiber optic connectors has remained largely unchanged
since the 1970s. Relying on epoxy can allow the fiber to move, make the
fiber location unpredictable and actually break the fiber, making
traditional connectors poorly suited to handle the booming and rapidly
increasing amount of data in theworld today," said Michael K. Barnoski,
Ph.D., founder and chief executive officer. "nanoPrecision Products'
Ferrolder is a fundamentally new, epoxy-free, backward compatible fiber
optic connector designed to take the telecommunications and data
communications industries into the future."
At the core of the Ferrolder is nanoPrecision Products' proprietary nanoBench™
platform, which revolutionizes methods to align and hold electrical,
optical, mechanical, fluidic and other devices within individual product
components. Made possible through the innovative use of material
science, computational mechanics, precision engineering and
manufacturing technologies, each nanoBench-based product is a
multi-layered, material-formed component that aligns and holds these
devices to nanometer accuracies and tolerances. In the case of the
Ferrolder, the product holds and aligns the fiber in a nanometer-scale
hole that has the same diameter as the fiber, leaving no need for epoxy.
In addition, its combination of ferrule and holder in one part
eliminates the ferrule to holder assembly step, greatly reducing cost.
nanoPrecision Products has invested significant time and effort to
qualify the new SC Ferrolder connector through very stringent GR 326 and
Verizon (News - Alert) VZ-TPR-9409 qualification testing. According to Experior
Laboratories, an independent third party testing, design verification
and qualification laboratory, the Ferrolder has "over performed the
general industry ceramic based with epoxy/cured products with the market
available optical housing and adapter." The lab also confirmed that
nanoPrecision Products' connector kit is "acceptable by Verizon's high
"Years in development by our excellent team of scientists and engineers,
the Ferrolder will set a high bar for quality and reliability in the
field," said Barnoski. "We are delighted that Verizon has recognized our
effort with its high standard validation."
The Ferrolder is backwards compatible with existing SC fiber optical
interconnects. Global consumption of fiber optic connectors (SC
ferrules) is estimated to be hundreds of millions per year.
About nanoPrecision Products, Inc.
nanoPrecision Products is the world leader in complex material forming
with revolutionary 3D stamping processes that deliver nanometer
accuracies and tolerances. The company has pioneered a breakthrough
nanoBench™ product platform that revolutionizes methods to align and
hold electrical, optical, mechanical, fluidic and other devices.
nanoPrecision Products has strong intellectual property in the areas of
optical fiber interconnects, packaging, and manufacturing technology,
both domestically and internationally, and is the recipient of numerous
R&D contracts from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Department of
Energy. For more information, visit www.nanoprecision.com.
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