Electronic Products & Technology

Active optical connector reduces pcb mounting space

March 10, 2018  Stephen Law

HIROSE ELECTRIC BF4M unidirectional active optical connector system comes with built-in E/O on the Tx (transmit) end and an O/E on the Rx (receiver) end. Product converts a balanced high-speed differential electrical signal on a pcb at one end into a MM optical signal for transmission down a very thin flexible FO cable and converts it back into an electrical signal on the other end. Devices are designed as a separate plug and receptacle that solders to the pcb to eliminate the thermal issues associated with soldering the E/O and O/E devices directly to the pcb.

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