17 March 2010


Firecomms licenses OptoLock interconnect design for POF wall plate product

Firecomms Ltd of Cork, Ireland, a developer of high-speed plastic optical fiber (POF) transceivers, has licensed its OptoLock interconnect system to Suttle of Hector, MN, USA, a subsidiary of Communications Systems Inc that supplies communication connectivity products for the telecom and datacom industries. 

As an easy-to-use, low-cost housing for instant termination of bare plastic optical fiber (POF), OptoLock provides plugless terminations that allow for simpler, quicker connections of communications and infotainment network devices, says Firecomms.

Suttle is offering the first commercially available POF-to-POF passive OptoLock wall plate adapter system, added to its SpeedStar line of modular connectivity, says senior product manager Bill Heuer. “Firecomms has pioneered the development of POF as a low-cost alternative for copper cabling in home networking, which we look forward to support,” he adds.

“With the rapid adoption of OptoLock by an increasing number of equipment providers, we are pleased to license our technology to Suttle, a well established telecom vendor that has been supplying communication equipment to companies worldwide since 1910,” says Lawrence Thorne, Firecomms’ VP of sales & marketing for the Americas. “Suttle, like all suppliers of OptoLock products, will manufacture its product based on a common mechanical specification for the fiber interface.” Suttle’s new SpeedStar OptoLock wall plate adapter system will be available in Q2/2010.

Due to its ease of use, large core tolerances and low costs, POF is enjoying substantial growth in home network and point-to-point interconnection, says Firecomms. The annual global POF market is estimated to be worth more than $2.5bn in 2011, according to market research by Information Gatekeepers.

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