Optical Connections Magazine Spring 2022


Ripley’s ® fibre cable preparation tool

As the fibre cable roll- out picks up pace, Ripley Tools has launched the innovative MSAT-X tool to offer engineers unrivalled flexibility for cable preparation. The MSAT-X, part of the Miller® range, is the first buffer tube shaver of its kind and is set to future-proof toolkits worldwide. The MSAT-X has been designed and manufactured to offer engineers unrivalled flexibility of use. The midspan tool can be used across a range of cable types up to 5mm in diameter, removing the need for multiple tools. The unique loading ramp enables all cable sizes to be loaded precisely into the same cutting blade, so there’s no need for the use of a sizing gauge. To help engineers get the job

can be reassured they can get the job in hand done. Keith Badger, Managing Director UK / Director of Global Marketing at Ripley Tools, commented: “The MSAT-X really is a breakthrough product for the fibre sector due to its user-friendly design and flexibility. With the fibre optic rollout progressing fast, it’s vital that time-pressured engineers have the best quality tools for the job – and to have one tool, which has multiple uses, is a real game-changer. Following our extensive testing at our lab, we’re confident not only of the reliability and performance of this tool, but how it performs on the job for engineers today and the engineers of tomorrow.” The MSAT-X was designed and built at Ripley Labs in the USA. It is available now from Ripley’s partners across the globe.

means it’s simple to work with. The MSAT-X has undergone extensive prototyping, testing and development in-house at Ripley Labs, which included engineer trials. The tool guarantees durability and reliability, so users

done more efficiently, everything about the MSAT-X has been considered for ease of use. Its versatile deep and shallow cutting channels are colour coded for easy identification and its ergonomic shape and light weight design

II-VI’s New Pluggable Optical Line Subsystem For DCI

II-VI unveiled a pluggable optical line subsystem (POLS) in the small QSFP form factor for eight- channel 400ZR/ZR+ transport in datacenter interconnects (DCIs). The aggressive buildout of mega-data centres is driving an exponential increase in DCIs and fuelling the demand for optical transport systems that are more compact and power-efficient, as well as easier to install, configure, and operate. II-VI’s new POLS product, the QSFP-LS, is designed in the compact QSFP form factor that plugs directly into a switch or router QSFP port, transparent to the port speed, and enables full-

duplex multichannel 400ZR/ZR+ transport, including multiplexing, demultiplexing, and variable- gain amplification. The QSFP-LS supports up to eight DWDM wavelengths at 400 Gbps, or 3.2 Tbps per fibre pair. II-VI expanded its POLS platform by adding the QSFP-LS to the OSFP-LS, which was introduced in March 2020. The availability of POLS in both the QSFP and OSFP form factors provides a universal optical amplifier building block that is compatible with some of the most widely available plug-in sockets in switches and routers. Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, chief marketing officer, II-VI commented. “The QSFP-LS is one

power-dissipation requirements for any QSFP socket. Compared to similar functionality in a dedicated rack-mounted line system, the QSFP-LS consumes about half the amount of power, is about a fifth of the cost, and occupies orders of magnitude less space.”

of our most advanced integrated products and the tiniest open line system on the market. It’s about one-fifth the size of similar amplifier module technology ten years ago and consumes one-third the power, enabling it to remain within the maximum



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