Patents Assigned to Corning Cable Systems LLC
  • Patent number: 9588306
    Abstract: Fiber optic module assemblies and optical-electrical connectors incorporating the same are disclosed. The fiber optic module assembly generally includes a total-internal-reflection (“TIR”) module having TIR body including a TIR surface to direct light to active optical components. The TIR body is coupled to a lens module including a lens body having a plurality of lens surfaces. A plurality of optical fibers may be secured within fiber support features of the TIR body that aligns ends of the optical fibers to the lenses defined by the lens body. Alignment features and index-matching adhesive may be used to couple the TIR body to the lens body. Optical-electrical connectors employing such two-piece fiber optic module assemblies are also disclosed, as well as kits of parts for providing optical communication of light between an active optical component and an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Michael de Jong, Carl Randall Harrison, Craig Alan Strause
  • Patent number: 9513449
    Abstract: An optical communication cable is provided. The optical communications cable includes a cable body having an outer surface, an inner surface and a channel defined by the inner surface. An optical transmission element is located in the channel. The cable includes an ink layer positioned on the outer surface of the cable body, and the ink layer is formed from charged ink droplets adhered to the outer surface of the cable body. The cable also includes a translucent layer coupled to the outer surface of the cable body over the ink layer such that the ink layer is located between the outer surface of the cable body and an inner surface of the translucent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Jerome Blazer, David Wesley Chiasson, Scott Allen McDowell, Reginald Roberts, David Henry Smith, Randall Dwaine Tuttle
  • Patent number: 9482840
    Abstract: Fiber optic cable assemblies and fiber optic terminals supporting port mapping for series connected fiber optic terminals are disclosed. In one embodiment, a fiber optic cable assembly is provided. The fiber optic cable assembly includes a fiber optic cable having a plurality of optical fibers disposed therein between a first end and a second end of the fiber optic cable. The plurality of optical fibers on the first end of the fiber optic cable are provided according to a first mapping. The plurality of optical fibers on the second end of the fiber optic cable are provided according to a second mapping. In this regard, the fiber optic cable assembly provides port mapping of optical fibers to allow multiple fiber optic terminals having the same internal fiber mapping to be connected in series in any order, while providing the same connectivity to each of the terminals in the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Conner, Kevin L. Strause
  • Patent number: 9482837
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable includes at least one optical fiber, at least one strength member, armor components, and a cable jacket. The cable jacket has a cavity with a generally rectangular cross-section with the armor components disposed on opposite sides of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Anne G. Bringuier, Julian L. Greenwood, III, David A. Seddon, Kimberly D. Slan, Kenneth D. Temple, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9482839
    Abstract: An optical communication cable includes a jacket, optical transmission elements, and armor. The jacket is mostly formed from a first material and includes an elongate member formed from a second material embedded in the first material. The jacket defines a channel in which the optical transmission elements are located. The armor includes a wrapped sheet having a lateral edge and is positioned around the optical transmission elements within the channel. The elongate member has an inner surface aligned with and located exterior to the lateral edge of the armor; and, when viewed in cross-section, the elongate member fully overlays and extends tangentially beyond the lateral edge. Accordingly, the elongate member provides an obstacle in the jacket that limits zippering through the jacket originating from the lateral edge. Further, the elongate member may double as a tear feature for quickly accessing contents of the cable interior to the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Mario Sergio Sandate Aguilar, Michael John Gimblet, Julian Latelle Greenwood, III, Warren Welborn McAlpine
  • Patent number: 9475239
    Abstract: Cables are constructed a jacket having an inner section within the cable jacket that facilitates access to the cable core, and which can be removed at the end of the cable during connectorization. The inner section is removed at the end of the cable to create a cavity in which fiber(s) in the cable core can buckle during connectorization to reduce strain on the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: George Cornelius Abernathy, David Wesley Chiasson, Radawan Ripumaree, Alvin John McDonald, Randall Dwaine Tuttle
  • Patent number: 9473239
    Abstract: Systems and methods of aligning an optical interface assembly with an integrated circuit (IC) are disclosed. The method includes emitting light from an optical transmitter, passing the emitted light through the optical interface assembly in a first direction, and reflecting the emitted light from a reflective surface disposed immediately adjacent a front end of the optical interface assembly to define reflected light that travels back through the optical interface assembly in a second direction that is substantially opposite the first direction. The reflected light is received by an optical receiver that generates in response a receiver signal. The relative position of the optical interface assembly and the IC is adjusted to achieve an aligned position based on the receiver signal. The disclosure is also directed to a test plug for aligning an optical interface assembly to the IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Llewellyn Butler, Ying Geng, Micah Colen Isenhour, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther, Andreas Matiss
  • Patent number: 9459423
    Abstract: A fire resistant optical communication cable is provided. The fire-resistant optical communication cable includes an extruded cable body including an inner surface defining a passage in the cable body and an outer surface. The fire-resistant optical communication cable includes a plurality of elongate optical transmission elements located within the passage of the cable body. The fire-resistant optical communication cable includes a layer of intumescent particles embedded in the material of the cable body forming an intumescent layer within the cable body. The cable may include one or more elements having flame resistant coatings that, upon exposure to heat, form a ceramic layer increasing the combustion time of the coated element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Emanuela Gallo, William Carl Hurley, Christopher Mark Quinn, Waldemar Stöcklein
  • Patent number: 9435963
    Abstract: Fiber optic interface modules and assemblies using same are disclosed, wherein the modules and assemblies are tolerant to misalignment and have a high coupling efficiency. The module has at least one lens that defines a folded optical path through the module body. The folded optical path is formed by total internal reflection within the module body from an angled wall of the module. The lens has an aspheric front surface and a planar rear surface and is configured to have an optimum tolerance to a lateral misalignment relative to a light source while maintaining a high coupling efficiency between the light source and an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Mathieu Charbonneau-Lefort
  • Patent number: 9429732
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include fiber optic cable crimp assemblies employing integrally connected cable strain relief boots to provide a single component crimp assembly. Related fiber optic connectors, cables, and methods are also disclosed. A fiber optic cable crimp assembly is employed for securing a fiber optic connector assembly to a fiber optic cable to form a terminated fiber optic connector. The fiber optic cable crimp assembly includes a cable strain relief boot configured to receive an end portion of a fiber optic cable to provide bend and strain relief for the end portion of the fiber optic cable. A fiber optic cable crimp band is integrally connected to the cable strain relief boot. The fiber optic crimp assembly is further configured to secure the end portion of the fiber optic cable to a fiber optic connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Izhar Zahoor Ahmed, Charles Todd Henke, Louis Edward Parkman, III, William Michael Schroeder, Nikhil Baburam Vasudeo
  • Patent number: 9429716
    Abstract: Mirror systems securing optical fibers to ferrules by thermally securing bonding agents within fiber optic connector housings are disclosed, along with related methods and assemblies. A fiber optic connector includes an optical fiber secured within a ferrule by a temperature-sensitive bonding agent to prevent attenuation-causing movement. The bonding agent is activated (e.g., cured) by heat provided by laser energy incident upon the ferrule, which is at least partially disposed within a fiber optic connector housing and which may be damaged by the laser energy. By shaping and disposing at least one mirror of a mirror system, the laser energy may be reflected to be incident upon the ferrule in a controllable intensity distribution. In this manner, the laser energy may be absorbed uniformly or substantially uniformly along a partial length of the ferrule extending into the housing to accelerate securing of the bonding agent while avoiding damage to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bruce Elkins, II, Andrey Kobyakov, Sergey Anatol'evich Kuchinsky, Aramais Zakharian
  • Patent number: 9423577
    Abstract: Optical receptacles having compliance for facilitating alignment with fiber optic connectors during insertion, and related components, systems and methods are disclosed. In one example, an optical receptacle disposed in a receptacle optical assembly optically connects to a fiber optic component, for example, a ferrule, for facilitating transmission of an optical signal from the optical receptacle to the exemplary ferrule. A support interface between the optical receptacle and receptacle housing contains a compliance feature that permits the optical receptacle to move with respect to the receptacle housing during insertion of the fiber optic connector. An insertion force of the fiber optic connector causes the optical receptacle to be able to move into optical alignment with the connector during insertion of the fiber optic connector, thereby moving ferrule(s) of the fiber optic connector into optical alignment with the ferrule(s) of the optical receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Davide Domenico Fortusini, Micah Colen Isenhour, Christopher Paul Lewallen, James Phillip Luther
  • Patent number: 9417421
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing cables and cables assemblies include providing particulate matter within a tube extruded about optical fiber. The particles may be accelerated so that as they strike the tube they mechanically attach to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Rodney M. Burns, Andrey V. Filippov, Riley S. Freeland, Daniel W. Hawtof, Warren W. McAlpine, Catharina L. Tedder
  • Patent number: 9415551
    Abstract: A fiber optic cable includes a jacket, an element of the cable interior to the jacket, and first and second powders. The element includes a first surface and a second surface. The cable further includes a third surface interior to the jacket and facing the first surface at a first interface and a fourth surface interior to the jacket and facing the second surface at a second interface. At least one of the third and fourth surfaces is spaced apart from the jacket. The first powder is integrated with at least one of the first and third surfaces at the first interface and the second powder integrated with at least one of the second and fourth surfaces at the second interface. The first interface has greater coupling than the second interface at least in part due to differences in the first and second powders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Michael John Gimblet, Jason Clay Lail, Warren Welborn McAlpine, David Alan Seddon, Catharina Lemckert Tedder
  • Patent number: 9417406
    Abstract: Cable assemblies, optical connector assemblies, and optical connector subassemblies employing a translating element and a unitary alignment pin are disclosed. In one embodiment, an optical connector assembly includes a connector housing defining a connector enclosure and a connector housing opening, a unitary alignment pin including a first pin portion and a second pin portion, and a translating element including a first bore, a second bore, and an optical interface. The unitary alignment pin is secured within the connector enclosure. The first pin portion is disposed within the first bore and the second pin portion is disposed within the second bore such that the translating element translates along the first pin portion and the second pin portion within the connector enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Micah C. Isenhour, Dennis M. Knecht, James P. Luther
  • Publication number: 20160223774
    Abstract: A multicore optical fiber with a reference section having a material defining a marked multicore glass optical fiber. The multicore fibers can be in groupings, for example, the groupings can be in the form of one of an optical fiber ribbon covered by a matrix, and a tight buffered cable. Fiber optic connectors can be assembled to the multicore optical fiber at either or both ends, and the colored portion can be associated with the optical fiber connector aligning the optical core elements with the optical connectors. The assembly can have at least one transceiver device with a transmit port and a receive port defining a two-way communication channel. Further aspects describe methods of manufacturing multicore fibers including application of curable coatings and reference sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Applicant: Corning Cable Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Wallace Bennett, Seldon David Benjamin, Douglas LLewellyn Butler, William Carl Hurley
  • Patent number: 9389374
    Abstract: A fiber optic sub-assembly includes a printed circuit and a TIR sub-assembly supported by the printed circuit board. The printed circuit board includes opposed first and second surfaces and has a printed circuit board height defined by the distance between the first and second surfaces. The TIR sub-assembly has a nominal height between lowermost and uppermost portions thereof. The TIR sub-assembly is at least partially integrated into the printed circuit board so that an overall stack height of the printed circuit board and TIR sub-assembly is less than the sum of the printed circuit board height and nominal height of the TIR sub-assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: John Phillip Ertel
  • Patent number: 9389369
    Abstract: Disclosed are optical ports and devices having a minimalist footprint. Specifically, the optical ports and devices have a footprint where the optical elements are exposed at a frame of the device. Additionally, a frame of the device provides a portion of the mating surface for engaging a complimentary optical plug during mating with the optical port on the device. This minimalist footprint advantageously allows for a smaller portion of the optical port to be exposed to the environment and subject to damage and/or wear. Further, the optical port provides a clean and sleek optical port on the device with a relatively small surface that may be cleaned or wiped by the user as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Patent number: 9389381
    Abstract: A fiber optic ribbon cable includes a stack of fiber optic ribbons, strength members surrounding the stack, and a jacket defining an exterior of the cable. The jacket forms a cavity through which the stack and the strength members extend. The stack has a bend preference, but the strength members are positioned around the stack or are flexible in bending such that the strength members do not have a bend preference. Furthermore, the jacket is structured such that the jacket does not have a bend preference. The cavity is sized relative to the stack in order to allow the stack to bend and twist within the cavity with respect to the jacket as the cable bends, facilitating movement of the optical fibers of the fiber optic ribbons to low-stress positions within the cavity and decoupling the bend preference of the stack from transfer to the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: William Carl Hurley, Kenneth Todd James, James Phillip Luther, Radawan Ripumaree
  • Patent number: RE46701
    Abstract: There are provided fiber optic local convergence points (“LCPs”) adapted for use with multiple dwelling units (“MDUs”) that facilitate relatively easy installation and/or optical connectivity to a relatively large number of subscribers. The LCP includes a housing mounted to a surface, such as a wall, and a cable assembly with a connector end to be optically connected to a distribution cable and a splitter end to be located within the housing. The splitter end includes at least one splitter and a plurality of subscriber receptacles to which subscriber cables may be optically connected. The splitter end of the cable assembly of the LCP may also include a splice tray assembly and/or a fiber optic routing guide. Furthermore, a fiber distribution terminal (“FDT”) may be provided along the subscriber cable to facilitate installation of the fiber optic network within the MDU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC
    Inventors: Guy Castonguay, Terry Dean Cox, Thomas Shaw Liggett, Selena Strickland, Elli Makrides-Saravanos, Brent Michael Frazier, Daniel S. McGranahan, Raymond Glenn Jay