Fiber Optic Connectors for Medical Applications Product Roundup

By AJ Born | October 26, 2021

This week’s Product Roundup highlights fiber optic connectors for medical applications from leading suppliers.

Fiber Optic Connectors for Medical Applications

BizLink fiber optic patch cordThis easy-to-install optical fiber patchcord from BizLink is designed for magnetic resonance imaging systems. It features low signal loss, high capacity, and light weight.



FO-BD2 Series connector from JAEThe FO-BD2 Series connector from JAE is a waterproof I/O connector that can mate directly with the on-board SFP transceiver and modular jack inside the devices. The FO-BD2 Series connector has a superior environmental resistance performance and is ideal for use in a wide range of outdoor applications such as base stations of mobile phones and communication devices. The FO-BD2 has also been used to create the da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic system used by surgeons around the world.

Neutrik’s opticalCON HYBRID MED connectorNeutrik’s opticalCON HYBRID MED connector has a pre-assembled male-to-male cable with 16 multimode fiber channels and 2 power pins. opticalCON HYBRID MED is more robust, reliable, and easier to maintain than any other common hybrid systems. With new technology based on fiber lenses, Neutrik’s opticalCON HYBRID MED achieves an extremely robust signal with minimal loss. The optical connection is exceptionally well protected against dirt and dust by its lenses and a sealing cover. Its easy-to-maintain, nurse-proof design with glove protection is suitable for indoor healthcare applications.

Fibreco fiber optic from PEI GenesisThe Fibreco MINI Expanded Beam Connectors from PEI-Genesis are the smallest multichannel hermaphroditic series of tactical expanded beam fiber optic connectors available, with a diameter of just 21mm and a length of 87.5mm, including boot, delivering endurance and reliability in harsh environments. These expanded beam fiber optic connectors are compatible with standard MIL-TAC cable and are fully field terminable and repairable using standard fiber optic termination tools and equipment. Fibreco Mini connectors have an aluminum (black hard anodized) shell with over-molded stainless steel grip. Bulkhead connectors are available with jam-nut, square flange, and XLR mounting and strain-relief for zip-cord or tactical cable. A low profile jam-nut bulkhead is also available. Fibreco Mini is suitable for any application that requires high levels of data cleanliness, plus speed and efficiency, including healthcare, military tactical communications, and outside broadcast systems.

LEMO fiber optic F7LEMO’s range of fiber optic contacts includes the 1.25 μm F7 Fiber Contact, which is designed to fit into rugged push-pull or ratchet coupling housings that protect the delicate fiber for medical applications. Options range from large core 1500 μm non-physical touch to 9 μm single-mode angle polish (APC) physical touch fiber contacts. The female fiber alignment device can easily be removed for cleaning. One or more fiber contacts can be combined with electrical, fluidic-pneumatic, or thermocouple elements which can reduce cable count and simplify the use of medical equipment.


Fiber Optic Connectors for medical applicationsSamtec’s FireFly™ Micro Flyover® System’s miniature footprint allows for greater density and closer proximity to the IC, simplifying board layout. It also enhances signal integrity, enabling chip-to-chip, board-to-board, on-board, and system-to-system connectivity. FireFly products are used in high-speed, high-quality, high-bandwidth medical applications like MRIs, PET scans, CT scans, and other medical imaging processes. It is the first interconnect system to give designers the flexibility of using micro footprint high-performance optical and low-cost copper interconnects interchangeably with the same connector system. Performance to 28 Gb/s can be achieved in the same footprint covering an area of only 0.63 square inches for an aggregate 265 Gb/s per square inch.

Hirose micro BF4MC connectorHirose’s micro BF4MC connector facilitates optical transmission of data between boards that are incorporated in devices. It converts an electrical signal that is received from a board by using the built-in semiconductor component and then transfers the data via optical fiber. The BF4MC connector has a revolutionary design that enables easy use of the benefits of optical transmission, including electromagnetic noise-free, insulated, long-distance, high speed transmission. Mounting inside devices achieves dramatic space saving and lower power consumption when compared to existing optical products. It can be used in a wide range of applications, including medical appliances, measurement equipment, and FA systems.

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