HICKORY, N.C., March 11, 2014 — US Conec is now offering its MXC multifiber connector for the general market. The optical interconnect platform is optimized for next-generation, expanded-beam PRIZM MT ferrules, providing a more robust and debris-insensitive interface. The device offers increased density and fewer components, making it suited for new equipment card edge requirements driven by implementation of embedded, midboard optics modules. PCB space consumption on the inside of the equipment is minimized by combining the traditional adapter and on-card plug into a single-piece housing. The platform also is compatible with traditional physical-contact MT ferrules, making it suitable for a wide variety of equipment interface applications. Its design enables scaling to 8 or more ferrules in a single connector embodiment for front-panel bulkhead or blind mating.