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Telecast Announces New Harsh-Environment Mini-eXpanded Beam Fiber Optic Connector

Miniature, multifiber connector uses expanded-beam technology to provide reliable performance in harsh field environments (February 14, 2006)

Telecast Fiber Systems today announced the launch of the next generation of fiber optic connectors for television broadcast production. Named the MXT, this miniature, multifiber connector uses expanded-beam technology to provide reliable performance in harsh field environments. The result is a smaller, lower-cost fiber optic connector that is less susceptible to dirt and mishandling.

The new MX significantly reduces the pervasive problem of dirty connectors in field broadcast production. Ordinary pin-and-socket connectors tend to collect and trap dirt in the female socket, making it difficult to clean these connectors before use. With expanded-beam technology, each connector half uses a precision lens to expand the light leaving one fiber to more than 45 times its original diameter before being refocused into the mating fiber. The connector' use of flush lensed windows means that there are no longer difficult-to-reach recesses or pin-alignment sleeves to worry about.

"The MX connector ushers in a new era of easier-to-maintain fiber optic connectors," said Joe Commare, Telecast's vice president of marketing and international sales. "A connector that is easy to clean is far more likely to be cleaned, and this will eliminate the vast majority of fiber problems that come up in everyday usage."

"While the technology of expanded-beam connectors has been around for more than 25 years, the practical implementation has been a long time coming," added Telecast President Richard Cerny. "The trick has been to develop one that is small, easy to use, and yet affordable."

The MX is a hermaphroditic connector that is less than half the size of conventional expanded-beam connectors and costs 30 percent less than the company's widely used PH military connectors. The MX connector is being offered in two-fiber and four-fiber versions. The company states that the MX will become the standard connector for its CopperHead camera products and will find broad usage in other products, such as its Viper and SHED systems.

Further information about the MX connector and other Telecast systems is available at

About Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc. is a leader in portable and fixed fiber optic systems for television broadcast production. The company's video, audio, and communications systems are used worldwide by TV networks, teleproduction companies, telecommunications providers, and private and government institutions and facilities to extend range, simplify cabling, and reduce labor costs and set-up time. The company's systems accommodate all television production signals, including NTSC/PAL video, 601 and HDTV SDI, analog and AES/EBU audio, triaxial wideband camera interfaces, and intercom and data signals.

More information can be found at


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