Siemon introduces new Base 8 plug and play fibre system

Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has expanded its line of LightHouse® advanced fibre cabling solutions with a comprehensive Base 8 plug and play system consisting of fibre enclosures, modules, adapters, assemblies and jumpers.

Current 40 Gb/s (40GBASE-SR4) and 100 Gb/s (100GBASE-SR4) multimode fibre applications deployed for backbone switch-to-switch links in the data centre are based on 8 optical fibres with 4 fibres transmitting and 4 receiving at either 10 Gb/s or 25 Gb/s.

When using 12-fibre MPO/MTP solutions for these 8-fibre applications, 33 percent of the optical fibre goes unused. While conversion cords or modules can be used to enable 100% fibre utilisation, these solutions add additional cost and complexity.

Furthermore, conversion modules add increased insertion loss, which can significantly limit flexibility when deploying fibre links.

Siemon’s new Base 8 plug and play system enables 100% fibre utilisation, eliminating the need for conversion cords or modules while providing a complete end-to-end Base 8 fibre system for the most efficient support of current and future 8-fibre applications.

The system includes Siemon’s high density FCP3 fibre enclosure along with snap-in Base 8 modules that feature three 8-fibre MTPs to 24 LCs to support 10 Gb/s applications and MTP adapter plates to support day-one 40 Gb/s or 100 Gb/s applications.

The system also includes Base 8 MTP to MTP trunk assemblies and jumpers for backbone and equipment connections.

“With current and future fibre applications all dominated by fibre counts that are divisible by 2 or 8 fibres, including 200 and 400 Gb/s over multimode and singlemode that are currently in development, using a Base 8 plug and play system offers the simplest, most efficient migration to advanced fibre speeds in the data centre,” says Alberto Zucchinali, EMEA data centre solutions and services manager for Siemon.

“Customers can deploy Base 8 modules and LC duplex jumpers for 10 Gb/s today and easily replace them with adapters and MTP jumpers tomorrow, providing a seamless transition to 40 or 100 Gb/s and beyond while maintaining maximum fibre utilisation.”

Available in singlemode and in standard and low loss OM3/OM4 multimode fibre, Siemon’s new plug and play system features smaller diameter RazorCore® fibre to significantly reduce cable diameter of assemblies and supporting a 2mm diameter MTP jumper.

The system also includes Base 8 MTP to LC hybrid assemblies as an alternative to modules for support of 10 Gb/s. Base 8 MTP to LC BladePatch® assemblies feature the innovative push-pull latch activation of the BladePatch connector, allowing for easy access in tight fitting areas.

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