MPO stands for “multi-fiber push on” and is a connector that is used for cables that have 1 – 24 fibers. They are available in both single mode and multimode versions, with the single mode units having angled ends for back reflection minimization and the multimode units having flat ends. They have become the standard in terms of application and provide the benefits required for high-end cable fiber optic projects.
Multi-fiber connections come with ferrules and they are commonly used in telecommunications and data systems for printed circuit boards and high density backplanes. These MPO cable connectors have the ability to provide a density that is 12 times higher than standard connectors. This alone provides significant savings in terms of cost and space.
MPO fiber optic connectors are sold in female versions without any pins or in male versions with the pins. These pins are important since they allow the connector fronts to align exactly and make sure that the fibers of the end faces cannot be offset. MPO fiber optic connectors offer superior reliability and quality and are an important part of a cable-structured environment and a parallel 40G optical link.
All of the cables and connectors contribute to the ultimate delivery of the desired bandwidth so they must meet the highest requirements possible. They are used for plant applications, and in central offices of industries such as the military, industrial and telecommunications – to name just a few.
Most fiber optic connectors are spring-loaded to ensure a strong connection when the connectors are joined together. This helps to eliminate any signal losses that could be caused by unwanted air gaps. They are offered at a low cost and offer an insertion loss that is low and a return loss that is high. These connectors are easy to use yet reliable for their application purposes.