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Neutrik to Debut New OpticalCon System at AES 2007

Neutrik, designer and manufacturer of the XX Series XLR cable connector, will introduce its IP65 rated OpticalCon at AES 2007 at the Javits Center in New York City, booth #508. The fiber-optic connector system has been upgraded for dust-tight and water-jet protection to extend the OpticalCon’s outdoor capabilities.

The upgrade seals the connector against dust and protects it against water jet, especially useful when weatherproof extensions are required. To achieve a water-resistant IP65 connection, additional seals and gaskets have been employed on the chassis connector and cable ends. An upgrade kit will be offered for earlier versions of OpticalCon cable connection systems, so that it can be combined with the upgraded NO2-4FDW chassis connector or NAO2-4S75W coupler. The new cable ends are 100-percent backward compatible and are said to work with all existing chassis installations.

OpticalCon promises to increase the reliability and maximize uptime for fiber-optic connection systems. This new system is based on a standard optical LC-Duplex connection; however, the OpticalCon is said to improve this original design to ensure a safe and rugged connection. It enables up to four copper wires for running power or data signals. A special SMPTE-version1 has been optimized for broadcast applications, which provides an additional ground-shell contact.

In order to create a simplified installation, one can connect a conventional LC-Duplex connector on the rear, which causes the chassis connector to act as a “feed-through.” The OpticalCon cable connector comes pre-assembled with a choice of three mobile field cables, which can be ordered at almost any length.

The OpticalCon features a rugged connection, all-metal housing and heavy-duty cable retention. OpticalCon uses conventional LC connectors and has a Push-Pull locking mechanism. In addition, the colored labeling plates are included to identify the fiber mode.

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