Higher capacity upgrades now easier and more cost-effective.

ADC announced today that Krone, recently acquired by ADC, has launched a new blown-fibre option for its highly successful OM3 10 Gigabit per second fibre solution.

Offering 10Gbps link lengths up to 300 metres, the new Krone OM3 grade fibre can be blown-in to new or existing blown fibre tubes in bundles of 4, 8 or 12 fibres.

"The beauty of blown-fibre installation," said Alastair Waite, fibre product manager of Krone products for ADC, "is that upgrades to higher capacity can be performed simply and cost-effectively without expensive and disruptive cable laying."

Using simple fibre-blowing apparatus, the whole 300 metre length of between 4 and 12 fibres can be blown-in in a matter of minutes. Once the upgraded fibre links are commissioned and in service any previously used fibre can be simply recovered and re-used elsewhere.

The new OM3 blown fibre has a minimum effective modal bandwidth (EMB) of 2 at 850mm wavelength with LASER OR VCSEL excitation. It also eliminates the need for mode-conditioning patch cords on 1 300mm systems. As with all fibre solutions developed by Krone, the new OM3-grade 10Gbps blown-fibre is fully supported with fibre patch panels, a range of fibre connectors, patch cords and pig-tails.

The OM3 blown fibre is suitable for 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet, OC-192 as well as FC, 2xFC and 4xFC fibre channel commonly used in storage area networks (SANs) and data centres. It meets TIA/EIA-492 AAAC, ISO/IEC 11801 OM and IEC 60793-2-10 A1a.2 standards.

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