Cliff Electronics offers optical jacks for fibre optic connector range

To accompany its optical connector range, Cliff Electronics manufactures moulded optical lead assemblies (TosLink cables) for use with their optical jacks. TosLink (Toshiba Link) optical audio data cables conform to a standard, optical fibre, fibre, digital, audio interface. The standard is widely used in consumer audio equipment like DVD players, television set-top boxes, games consoles, computers and audio-visual receivers. Lead terminals conform to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1201 and also RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05 standards for digital audio interfaces including fibre-optical fibre-optical interconnections.

John Hall, managing director of Cliff Electronics, says: “Optical jacks are virtually unaffected by noise when transmitting and receiving signals between digital audio equipment and data systems, enabling high quality audio transmission and high speed data transfer. It continues to be adopted as a virtual standard in portable audio equipment and is becoming very popular in data-centres and instrumentation systems. With our feedthrough connector and jack options we can provide best-fit solutions for OEMs and systems Integrators.”

Cliff Electronics manufactures a wide range of optical connectors suitable for high quality audio systems, broadcast, AV installations, home theatre, automation, instrumentation, data and IT connectivity, medical equipment instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition and other high bandwidth signal connections.

Cliff’s Feedthrough (FT) connector series includes SC Simplex, LC Duplex and TosLink EIAJ fibre-optic connection options available in plastic or rugged metal shells and designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout, simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving design aesthetics.

Cliff FTs are now available in a choice of options including RJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions. Analogue, digital and optical feed-through connectivity is available in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50-Ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations – A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (duplex and simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), TosLink, RCA phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

Cliff is now offering system integrators 1U, 19-inch rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 FT connectors to simplify system assembly, reduce manufacturing time, component count and cost. With applications including broadcast and AV patch panels and military, medical, control and instrumentation signal input/output panels, the 1U assemblies can be factory-loaded with the specific connectors required by the system designer including BNC, single or dual USB or RJ45 with internal cable harnesses available as a special order.

Cliff also manufactures a wide range of single and dual optical transmitter and receiver jacks conforming to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1201, (also RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05). Standard and low profile versions are available and three models replace a plug-in cover with a convenient hinged shutter to protect against contamination. The optical jacks are designed for PCB mounting and, some models have a self-tapping hole for panel mounting.


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