MTP/MPO fiber patch cord - an ideal solution for high density wiring

- Nov 24, 2017-

MTP/MPO fiber patch cord - an ideal solution for high density wiring


For a variety of reasons, data volumes are growing exponentially around the world. The demand for bandwidth is continuously increasing. Although the current data volume requirements for the main wiring are still 10 GbE, the development trend of data capacity will require the introduction of future technologies -40 GbE and 100 GbE (figure 1). Therefore, the data center must be ready as soon as possible to provide sufficient support for upcoming technical requirements. To meet this demand, 40G QSFP + light modules, MTP/MPO fiber patch cords and other related products have sprung up on the market. They play an important role in the high density wiring of data centers.This article will focus on the MTP/MPO fiber patch cord/jumper in the data center.

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Why using MTP/MPO fiber patch cord?

As mentioned above, the number of network connections in data centers is rising rapidly. The use of traditional optical cable reduces the space of the data center, and also increases the difficulty of the data center management. To solve this problem, the data center must achieve high density in the wiring. MTP/MPO fiber patch cord/jumper with 12 cores or 24 cores in a single interface (figure 2) has proven to be a viable solution. MTP/MPO multi-core fiber connector meets the standard of 40GBASE-SR4 and 100gbase-sr10, which can hold 12 cores or 24 cores in a connector with the same size as the SC connector. As a result, MTP/MPO fiber patch cord / jumpers provide the density up to 12 or 24 times, and save the electricity and rack space.

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Structure of MTP/MPO fiber patch cord / jumper

MTP/MPO fiber optic patch cord / jumpers are composed of MTP/MPO connectors, optical cables and other connectors, e.g. LC connectors may also be on some MTP/MPO fiber-optic jumpers.The optical cable usually USES OM3 and OM4, which is laser optimized multi-mode fiber. Unlike traditional connectors, MTP/MPO connectors should be carefully used to ensure proper connections.Therefore, it is important to have a general understanding of MTP/MPO connectors.


As shown in the figure below, there is a key button on one side of each MTP/MPO connector, and this key button is called the key up position. In this direction, each fiber hole in the connector is numbered from left to right. People often refer to the locations of these connections, or P1, P2, etc. In addition, a white point on the connector points to the P1 side when the connector is inserted.

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Two types of MTP/MPO adapters are mainly divided based on key button position: key up- key down and key up-key up. When you want to connect to two MTP/MPO connectors, it is important to choose the correct adapter. Here it ensures the correct alignment of both ends by key button control area. The following figure shows the correct connection of two MTP/MPO connectors in the adapter.

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Common MTP/MPO fiber patch cord / jumper type

MTP/MPO backbone fiber jumper cables and branch cables are two commonly used in MTP/MPO fiber patch cord /jumpers. MTP/MPO backbone fiber patch cord / jumpers act as permanent connections to MTP/MPO modules. They can be flexibly changed in the form of connections in the fiber panel.The MTP/MPO branch fiber patch cord / jumper provides a transition from multi-fiber jumper to single fiber jumper or duplex connector.These fibre-optic patch cord / jumpers provide a variety of applications for all the networks and devices which needs the 100G modules, including in the CFP, CFP2, and CFP4 series.

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Data shows that, 40 and 100 GbE will be released recently. Therefore, data center managers will have to lay the groundwork and adapt to their infrastructure to meet future demands.The MTP/MPO fiber jumper is an ideal solution to meet these needs. OPTICO COMMUNICATION ( / is a leading supplier of MTP/MPO connection components. We produce and sell all kinds of MTP/MPO connection components, including MTP/MPO connectors, adapters, cables, junction boxes, adapter panels and loop modules, etc.