High-Density MPO/MTP Cabling

MPO/MTP Connectivity System Overview

As the demand for high-speed transmission and data capacity is becoming much greater than ever before, 40G and 100G has become a trend and hotspot for data center cabling system. Many IT managers are turning to MPO/MTP technology, since it can provide ideal conditions for high performance data networks in data centers. In the following text, some components in MPO/MTP system will be introduced.

MPO/MTP Connector

The MPO connector is the industry acronym for “multi-fiber push on”, with push on insertion release mechanism providing consistent and repeatable interconnections and available with 4, 8, 12, or 24 fibers. The MTP connector is a high performance MPO connector engineered for better mechanical and optical performance. MPO/MTP connector is available in a female version (without pins) or a male version (with pins) as shown in the following picture to ensure the exact alignment of the fronts of the connectors and the end faces of the fibers are not offset.

male and female MPO connector

High Density MPO/MTP Fiber Optic Cable

Unlike standard fiber optic patch cords (SC patch cable with maximum rate of 10Gbps) a fiber optic cable terminated with the customers’ choice of 12-fiber or 24-fiber MPO connectors can be applied for 40G, or even 100G Ethernet network. Available in a male-to-male version (with guide pins) and a female-to-female version (without pins), MTP or MPO cable can be used for a wide variety of applications, such as backbones, warehouse, disaster recovery, building fiber optic distribution, and so on. MPO/MTP trunk cable and MPO/MTP harness cable are two main high-density MPO/MTP cable types.

MPO/MTP Trunk Cable: MPO/MTP trunk cable serves as a permanent link connecting the MTP/MPO modules to each other, which is available with 12, 24, 48, andc 72 fibers. Terminated with 12-fiber or 24-fiber MTP/MPO connectors according to customer’s choice, these trunk cables, like 12-fiber MPO trunk cable as shown below could help to create a simple, cost-effective 40G networking by installing a structured cabling system. MPO/MTP trunk cable requires greater care in planning by has a number of advantages, such as higher quality, minimal skew, shorter installation time, better protection, smaller volume of cable and lower total costs.

12-fiber MTP trunk cable

MPO/MTP Harness Cable: MPO/MTP harness cable, also referred to as MPO/MTP breakout cable or MPO/MTP fanout cable, is terminated with a single MPO or MTP connector on one end that breaks out into 6 or 12 connectors (LC, SC, FC etc). It’s available in 4, 6, 8, or 12 fiber ribbon configurations with lengths about 10, 20, 30 meters and other customized lengths. MPO/MTP harness cable provides a transition from multi-fiber cables to individual fibers or duplex connectors. For example, 8-fiber MPO breakout cable as shown below has eight LC high fiber density connectors and a MTP connector, which is convenient for wiring and management system in 40G network with stable performance.

8-fiber MTP breakout cable

MPO/MTP Cassette

MPO/MTP cassette is a modular module, which enables users to take the fibers brought by a trunk cable and distribute them to a duplex cable. As a pre-terminated fiber product, MPO/MTP cassette is loaded with 12 or 24 fibers and have LC or SC adapters on the front side and MPO/MTP at the rear as shown in the image below. It is designed to reduce the installation time and effort associated with connecting a fiber optic network, as well as, improve overall network reliability through factory tested terminations.

MPO, MTP cassette


In the above text, we have introduced common components used in MPO/MTP connectivity system, including MPO/MTP connector, MPO/MTP trunk cable, MPO/MTP harness cable, and MPO/MTP cassette. All of these components can be purchased in FS.COM at very affordable prices.

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