More options for fibre-optic connector rack panels

Jon Lawson

Cliff Electronics manufactures a wide range of feedthrough and conventional connectors mounted in the widely used, industry standard, 24mm-diameter XLR panel cut-out. Standardising on this commonly used format simplifies panel design and manufacture by having the same cut-out for every connector required.

To further assist systems integrators by simplifying and speeding up assembly time while reducing component count and cost Cliff is now providing 1U x 19” rack patch panels pre-assembled with commonly used fibre-optic connectors. Panels are available with an optional cable strain relief bracket.
Applications for the patch panels include audio, video, digital, optical and data feeds and professional equipment for post-production and editing suits. Other applications include TV camera feeds, broadcast, networking, lighting, instrumentation and industrial applications.
The four pre-loaded panels include one with the popular and widely used ST MM (multi-mode) fibre-optic connector whose straight tip connectors utilise a bayonet-style coupling providing a simple twist-on and twist-off installation. The ST connector is one of the most popular connectors for multi-mode networks in buildings and campuses.
The SC Simplex rack panel meets the requirements of single mode (SM) fibre-optic cables where each cable has one fibre and the small form factor LC Duplex  connector is available as single and multi-mode assembled panels used for duplex communication between devices where a separate transmit and receive signal are required.
John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, commented, “Applications for fibre-optic communications continue to grow as data speed, quality and bandwidth are pushed ever further by system designers. Our pre-assembled connector rack panels, whether fibre-optic, audio, power or USB offer systems integrators fast and convenient system assembly. 

Options available include RJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0-compliant single and dual USB versions in addition to the existing range which provides analogue, digital and optical feed-through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A ‘gender change’ sockets high speed USB type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.