Stepper Motor Optical Switches

 

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DiCon Fiberoptics’ VX opto-mechanical switches utilize a high resolution stepper motor to reliably and repeatably connect fibers to one another. In addition, the VX switches are bi-directional and can be used in either the 1xN or Nx1 direction.

Advantages of DiCon’s VX Optical Switches

  • Crosstalk ≤ -80 dB
  • Low Insertion Loss for Large 1xN Multimode Applications
  • Available with Singlemode, Multimode, Polarization Maintaining or Even Large Core Fiber Types

DiCon’s VX Stepper Motor Switch Technology

DiCon’s VX stepper motor optical switches are a direct fiber to fiber switch technology, that operates by physically pointing one fiber to the other. This is accomplished by utilizing a high resolution stepper moter to precisely rotate and point the common fiber(s) to the selected output fiber(s).

Stepper Motor

Available Configurations

1xN Simplex Configuration
1xN simplex configuration allows one common fiber to connect to any one of N output fibers.

1xN Simplex Configuration

1xN Duplex Configuration
1xN duplex configuration switches a pair of input fibers to a selected pair of output fibers. The first digit of the output label indicates the output pair. The second digit corresponds to the input fiber.

1xN Duplex Configuration

2xN Blocking Configuration
2xN blocking configuration has two input fibers and N number of output fibers. The switch will connect one of the two inputs to a selected output, and blocks the other input.

2xN Blocking Configuration

2xN Non-Blocking Configuration
2xN non-blocking configuration has two input fibers and N number of output fibers. The switch connects the pair of inputs to a selected pair of outputs. The input pair can be moved in single channel increments.

2xN Non-Blocking Configuration

Rackmount VX Optical Switches

DiCon can integrate VX fiber optic switches into either a simple rackmount chassis or a GP750 modular rackmount system.  Rackmount VX switches can be built with standard VX fiber optic switch modules as well as larger 1xN sizes up to 1x120 and/or with large core fibers.  Please contact DiCon Fiberoptics to discuss further.

An example of a well-known application using DiCon’s VX rackmount optical switch with large core fiber and large 1xN channel count is the Large Hardon Collider.  The following news release is a customer testimonial of DiCon’s VX rackmount switch being used to search for the Higgs boson.