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Optical connectors geared for medical systems

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optical connector? MT system? medical system?

Molex Inc. has announced an integrated optical and electrical solution that claims to cut the number of connectors needed in medical systems. The MediSpec hybrid circular MT cable and receptacle system multifunctional connector uses Molex's circular MT optical connector and receptacle technology. It offers three configurable MT ferrule compatible ports for a combination of copper or fiber media carrying electrical power, low speed copper signaling, optical data or video signals.

The MediSpec hybrid circular MT system is engineered for applications such as robotic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, diagnostic imaging, optical coherence tomography, guidance/illumination/navigation, interventional energy lasers and picture archival communications.

For the PC board or equipment side, the MediSpec hybrid circular MT system provides various options of Molex connectors including optical MT, LC and SC along with electrical connectors such as Micro-Fit 3.0, MicroClasp and various RJ-45 jacks. The product comes in a metal housing that allows the connector to withstand harsh environments and offers EMI shielding, while the polymer housing is lightweight and ideal for sensitive applications, including MRI and PET scans, noted Molex.

The company stated that the optical connectors help reduce optical loss due to contamination, protect fibers from debris, scratching, pitting and provide long-term connection reliability, a critical requirement of medical equipment, said the company. Likewise, the MediSpec hybrid circular MT system accommodates multimode expanded beam 12-fiber ferrules and/or traditional multimode and singlemode MT ferrules for signaling, sensing or power carrying applications used in medical fiber optic-based products and technologies.

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