Optical Fiber/optical Fiber Cable Termination Structure Patents (Class 385/76)
  • Patent number: 11169330
    Abstract: An optical cable includes a single optical connector configured for insertion into an optical receptacle so as to receive optical signals at a plurality of different wavelengths from the optical receptacle, and multiple electrical connectors, configured for insertion into respective electrical receptacles. Each electrical connector includes a transceiver configured to convert the optical signals into electrical output signals for output to an electrical receptacle. The optical cable further includes a plurality of optical fibers, having respective first ends connected together to the single optical connector so as to receive the optical signals. Each of the optical fibers has a respective second end coupled to a respective one of the electrical connectors. Wavelength selection optics are associated with the optical fibers so that the transceiver in each of the electrical connectors receives the optical signals at a different, respective one of the wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Henning Lysdal, Barak Gafni
  • Patent number: 11156787
    Abstract: An optical connector includes a holder configured to hold at least three or more optical connector plugs. The optical connector plugs and the adapters are arranged in an intersecting direction intersecting with a connecting direction. The optical connector plugs include a first optical connector plug and a second optical connector plug. Any of the first optical connector plug and the adapter to which the first optical connector plug is connected has a latch mechanism configured to engage the first optical connector plug with the adapter. Any of the second optical connector plug and the adapter to which the second optical connector plug is connected does not have a latch mechanism configured to engage the second optical connector plug with the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., SEI Optifrontier Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikyo Tamekuni, Kazuya Masuda, Tomohiko Ueda, Yuji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11119271
    Abstract: There is provided a multi-clad fiber assembly for reducing and eliminating deleterious laser-contaminant interrelations, and methods of making these assemblies. There is provided an optical connector having contaminants that are shielded from causing detrimental thermal effects, during laser beam transmittion, by preventing laser-contaminant interactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Nuburu, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian Lee
  • Patent number: 11105986
    Abstract: Aspects and techniques of the present disclosure relate to a fiber optic connector including a connector body defining a central longitudinal axis that extends in a front-to-rear orientation. The connector body can include a front connector housing piece and a rear connector housing piece that may be aligned along the central longitudinal axis. A front end of the rear connector housing piece can be adapted to connect with a rear plug end of the front connector housing piece. The rear end of the rear connector housing piece can include a unitary fiber bend radius limiting structure. The unitary fiber bend radius limiting structure can be generally funnel-shaped. A ferrule assembly can be captured between the front and rear connector housing pieces with the rear connector housing piece functioning as a rear spring stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Commscope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Philippe Coenegracht, Alexandre Caroline M. De Bie, Maddy Nadine Frederickx, Paul Joseph Claes, Geert Van Genechten, Mohamed Aznag, Diederik Houben, Ponharith Nhep
  • Patent number: 11086087
    Abstract: A LC type connector assembly with a clip on, clip off push/pull boot is described herein. A cable boot is recessed to accommodate one or more tabs of the clip-on push/pull boot, while the cable boot has one or more protrusions for securing the cable boot to a back body of the connector. Thus, the push/pull clip is integrated with a cable boot assembly that allows a user to apply a distal force to remove or insert the connector assembly into the adapter housing. The push/pull clip is configured for use to release a LC connector type from a receptacle port with or without an anchor device within the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Man Wong, Kazuyoshi Takano, Man Ming Ho
  • Patent number: 11073671
    Abstract: A termination unit includes: a plurality of first optical fibers fusion-connected to a multicore cable; a tray slidable in a first direction, the tray being provided on one end side of the termination unit in the first direction; and a plurality of adapters which are provided in a line on the tray, to which a plurality of second optical fibers are connected from each of one end sides of the adapters, and to which the plurality of first optical fibers are connected from each of the other end sides of the adapters, in which the tray has a cover part for protecting the plurality of adapters, and in which the cover part is rotatable with a shaft that extends along a second direction, and the cover part rotates downward when the tray has slid in a direction toward the one end side from the other end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuya Masuda, Junji Fukui, Tomoyuki Yokokawa, Tetsuya Oosugi, Takayuki Yokochi, Masanori Yamanaka, Tsuneari Ito
  • Patent number: 11036011
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are directed to a fiber optic connector with that can be released from a receptacle port such as an adapter or a transceiver. The release assembly is a push/pull tab, a cable boot release and a latch controller called the release types. The fiber optic connector is field installable, and is configured to change polarity when configured with the release types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Yim Wong, Kazuyoshi Takano, Guanpeng Hu, Man Kit Wong
  • Patent number: 11002918
    Abstract: Reduced-profile connection components are described. The reduced-profile connection components are configured to connect various data transmission elements, including cables, network devices, and computing devices. A non-limiting example of a connection component includes a fiber optic connection component, including connectors, adapters, and assemblies formed therefrom. In some embodiments, the connection components may include mechanical transfer (MT) and multi-fiber push-on/pull-off (MPO) connection components, such as MT ferrules and MPO adapters. The reduced-profile connection components configured according to some embodiments have a smaller profile and/or require less parts to achieve a connection compared to conventional connection components. In some embodiments, the reduced-profile connection components may be used with conventional connection components. For example a reduced-profile connector may use a conventional MT ferrule to establish a connection within a conventional MPO adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Takano, Kenji Iizumi
  • Patent number: 10996414
    Abstract: A butt closure base includes a base housing defining a plurality of cavities. A first gel is disposed in each of the plurality of cavities. The butt closure base further includes a plurality of wedge assemblies, each of the plurality of wedge assemblies removably insertable into one of the plurality of cavities. Each of the plurality of wedge assemblies includes an outer cover, a second gel, and a main pressure plate in contact with the second gel. The main pressure plate is movable along a longitudinal axis to apply pressure to the second gel. Each of the plurality of wedge assemblies further includes a latch assembly. The latch assembly includes an adjustable tab and a stop member movable between a first position which limits movement of the adjustable tab and a second position in which movement of the adjustable tab is not limited by the stop member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: Eddie Kimbrell, David Wittmeier
  • Patent number: 10989881
    Abstract: An optical connector includes a housing with a bottom wall defining a window therein, and an optical ferrule disposed in the housing and comprising opposing major top and bottom surfaces. The major bottom surface of the optical ferrule faces the bottom wall of the housing. The major top surface includes a groove and a light redirecting surface configured to receive light along a first direction from an optical fiber received and secured in the groove, and redirect the received light along a different second direction. The redirected light exits the optical ferrule though the bottom surface and exits the housing through the window, such that, when the optical connector mates with a mating optical connector including a mating optical ferrule, the mating optical ferrule prevents any of the light exiting the optical ferrule from exiting the housing of the optical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Changbao Ma, Boon K. Lee, Bing Hao, Stephen Paul LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 10962732
    Abstract: A boot assembly having a boot body with a passageway molded from a proximal to distal end of the body. The passageway accepts a repositioning device made of a malleable material such as metal that retains its shape under internal forces of the boot assembly. The boot assembly further comprises one or more cables for fiber optics or power. Bending the flexible boot assembly from a first position to a second position, the flexible boot assembly retains the second position without returning to the first position under the resilient material of the boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Takano, Jimmy Jun-Fu Chang
  • Patent number: 10955633
    Abstract: A fiber optic cassette includes a body defining a front and an opposite rear. A cable entry location, such as a multi-fiber connector, is defined on the body for a cable to enter the cassette, wherein a plurality of optical fibers from the cable extend into the cassette and form terminations at one or more single or multi-fiber connectors adjacent the front of the body. A flexible substrate is positioned between the cable entry location and the connectors adjacent the front of the body, the flexible substrate rigidly supporting the plurality of optical fibers. Each of the connectors adjacent the front of the body includes a ferrule. Dark fibers can be provided if not all fiber locations are used in the multi-fiber connectors. Multiple flexible substrates can be used with one or more multi-fiber connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: CommScope Asia Holdings B.V., CommScope Techologies LLC
    Inventors: Paul Schneider, Alexander Dorrestein, James Joseph Eberle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10951370
    Abstract: An apparatus and a corresponding method for mapping payload data of mapping input data streams onto a mapping output data stream having a channel bandwidth for transmission in a multi-carrier broadcast system includes first and second frame forming mechanisms. The first frame forming mechanism is adapted to form first frames having a first frame structure and the second frame forming mechanism is adapted to form second frames having a second frame structure. Preferably, in a second frame structure the data blocks of a particular mapping input data stream are spread in time and frequency over various data symbols and various data segments of the second frames to provide high robustness against disturbances. The payload portion of the second frame is preferably segmented into various data segments enabling use of a narrow-band receiver, even if both the first and second frames cover the same total channel bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Lothar Stadelmeier, Joerg Robert, Samuel Asangbeng Atungsiri, Nabil Loghin
  • Patent number: 10934837
    Abstract: A system for use in carrying out downhole coiled tubing applications with two-way telemetry over a single fiber optic thread. The system includes uphole and downhole assemblies each having unique couplers. Specifically, the couplers may be configured to secure the single fiber optic thread at one end thereof while having dedicated fiber optic channels at another side thereof for interfacing a fiber optic transmitter and receiver. Thus, fiber optic data may travel from a surface assembly over the thread for detection at the downhole assembly simultaneous with fiber optic data travelling from the downhole assembly to the surface assembly over the same thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Juan Segura Dominguez, Michael Hayes Kenison, Charles Kearney, Santiago Hassig Fonseca
  • Patent number: 10928594
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector with a rotatable connection member for converting the connector from a first polarity to a second polarity, and a manipulator assembly comprising a tab member and a locking member movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, the manipulator assembly being coupled to the connection member such that the manipulator assembly and the connection member rotate conjointly about the axis of rotation, and when in locked position connector polarity cannot be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Iizumi, Kazuyoshi Takano, Man Ming Ho
  • Patent number: 10838158
    Abstract: A module for optically and structurally coupling a light diffusion optical fiber to a laser diode on a substrate in a compact module includes a fiber holder into which an exposed core of the laser extends and which is placed about the laser on a substrate such that the laser and fiber are axially aligned in butt coupled relation. A resilient strain relief housing is secured about the light receiving end of the fiber, and the fiber holder and substrate are inserted into the housing in a secured in a water sealing engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Qing Tan, Mario Paniccia
  • Patent number: 10775578
    Abstract: A fibre optic accessory for attachment to the end of an optical fibre is described, the fibre optic accessory comprising a plurality of grooves extending longitudinally along a portion of its outer surface. Using this accessory, an optical fibre to which this accessory is affixed may be installed in an installation tube with the use of a source of compressed air. A kit of parts for such an installation, an optical fibre and a method of installation are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ridgemount Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Mark John Limbert, Christopher Russell Peters
  • Patent number: 10754109
    Abstract: A passive optical network includes a central office providing subscriber signals; a fiber distribution hub including an optical power splitter and a termination field; and a drop terminal. Distribution fibers have first ends coupled to output ports of a drop terminal and second ends coupled to the termination field. A remote unit of a DAS is retrofitted to the network by routing a second feeder cable from a base station to the hub and coupling one the distribution fibers to the second feeder cable. The remote unit is plugged into the corresponding drop terminal port, for example, with a cable arrangement having a sealed wave division multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Erik J. Gronvall, Trevor D. Smith, Timothy G. Badar, Anthony L. Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 10754102
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector and cable assembly includes a cable and a fiber optic connector. The connector has a main connector body, a ferrule, a spring for biasing the ferrule, and a spring push for retaining the spring within the main connector body. A crimp band is provided for securing the fiber optic cable to the fiber optic connector. The crimp band includes a first portion securing a cable strength member. The crimp band also includes a second portion crimped down on a jacket of the cable. The crimp band further includes an inner surface having gripping structures for gripping the strength member and/or the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Zimmel, Yu Lu, Patrick J. Nault, Scott C. Kowalczyk, Scott Droege, Brent Campbell, Christopher Stroth
  • Patent number: 10746950
    Abstract: A cable mount for fixing a strength member of a fiber optic cable to a fixture includes a front end, a rear end, and a longitudinal channel therebetween, the channel defined by upper and lower transverse walls and a vertical divider wall. The channel receives a portion of the cable. A strength member pocket receives the strength member of the cable, the pocket located on an opposite side of the divider wall from the longitudinal channel, the pocket communicating with the longitudinal channel through an opening on the divider wall. A strength member clamp fixes the strength member of the cable against axial pull. Cable management structures in the form of spools define at least one notch that communicates with the longitudinal channel for guiding optical fibers extending from a jacket either upwardly or downwardly therethrough. The cable mount also allows routing of the optical fibers through the longitudinal channel all the way from the rear end to the front end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA, ADC Czech Republic s.r.o.
    Inventors: Johan Geens, Pieter Vermeulen, Eric Keustermans, Matthias Aiderweireldt, Tomas Fucsek
  • Patent number: 10746943
    Abstract: An adapter block assembly includes an adapter block, a circuit board arrangement, and a cover attached to the adapter block so that the circuit board arrangement is held to the adapter block by the cover. Contact assemblies can be disposed between the adapter block and the circuit board arrangement. The cover can be latched, heat staked, or otherwise secured to the adapter block. Each component of the adapter block assembly can include one or more parts (e.g., multiple adapter blocks, multiple circuit boards, and/or multiple cover pieces).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: CommScope Technologies LLC, CommScope Connectivity UK Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Marcouiller, Christopher Charles Taylor, John T. Pfarr, Kristofer Bolster, Oscar Fernando Bran de Leon, Loren J. Mattson
  • Patent number: 10712505
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector configured for engaging with an external optical fiber connector includes a fiber core, a connector body, a coupling tube, and at least one coupling holder. The connector body has a first end portion and a second end portion, and the first end portion connects and fixes the fiber core. The second end portion is depressed inwardly to define a coupling space, and the external optical fiber connector is detachably plugged into the coupling space and coupled with the fiber core. The coupling tube is disposed in the connector body, and a portion of the coupling tube is located in the coupling space. One end portion of the fiber core is inserted in the coupling tube. The coupling holder is disposed in the coupling space, and corresponding to the coupling tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng-Yi Liao, Cheng-Chung Chen, Wei-Chun Tsao
  • Patent number: 10703263
    Abstract: A vehicle light system is provided herein. The vehicle light system includes a seal including an engagement member having first and second portions defining a channel and a cavity. The cavity is separated from the channel by the first portion. The first and second portions have varied opacities. A light guide is disposed within the cavity. A light source is operably coupled with the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Lori Ross, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 10660203
    Abstract: A display and a circuit board structure thereof are provided. The circuit board structure includes a first circuit board, a second circuit board and a connection structure. The connection structure is disposed on the first circuit board, the second circuit board has gold fingers, the connection structure has pins corresponding to the gold fingers, and the connection structure conducts the first circuit board and the second circuit board by connecting the pins with the gold fingers. Therefore, an extra FFC and a connector disposed on the second circuit board for connecting the first circuit board and the second circuit board are saved to achieve cost reduction and assembling process simplification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Yanxue Zhang
  • Patent number: 10649164
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an apparatus comprises a fiber-breakout transition configured to break out optical fiber sets from a first end of an optical fiber cable. The fiber-breakout transition comprises a first channel configured to receive an end segment of the optical fiber cable. The fiber-breakout transition further comprises a plurality of second channels. Each of the plurality of second channels is configured to receive and mechanically attach a buildup tube for holding one or more optical fibers. The transition has an interior cavity connecting the first channel to the plurality of second channels. Some of the channels have cross-sections whose diameters increase in a stepped manner with distance away from the interior cavity of the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Asaad Elsaadani, Andrei Vankov
  • Patent number: 10627581
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector includes a plug body, a rear sleeve unit and a front sleeve unit. The plug body has first and second recesses. The rear sleeve unit is detachably sleeved around a rear part of the plug body, and has a key. The front sleeve unit is sleeved on of the plug body in front of the rear sleeve unit and detachably connected to the rear sleeve unit. The rear sleeve unit is changeable between a first position, in which the rear sleeve unit is attached to the plug body with the key being engaged with the first recess, and a second position in which the rear sleeve unit is attached to the plug body with the key being engaged with the second recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Shu-Hui Hsu, Yen-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 10606006
    Abstract: Fiber distribution systems, terminals and tap boxes that provide a reconfigurable and expandable system of hardened connections. A terminal may include at least one feeder port and a plurality of distribution ports, each of the at least one feeder port and the plurality of distribution ports being sealable ports configured to receive one of a duct and a connector, where the connector is configured to interface with a drop type cable. The terminal may include an expandable module configured to receive a splitter and a tap box having at least one sealable port configured to receive one of a duct or a connector. The tap box can include at least one fiber storage. The terminal may be configured to receive a fiber through the feeder port and to output a plurality of fibers through the plurality of distribution ports, at least one fiber of the plurality of fibers being received by a tap box mounted at a user location, through at least one sealed port, the tap box further comprising at least one slack fiber storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Clearfield, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Hill, Walter E. Power, II, Randy T. VanHorn
  • Patent number: 10564364
    Abstract: An optical housing assembly includes a housing member having a first face and a second face. The first face has a plurality of first cavities and the second face has a plurality of second cavities. Each of the first cavities is aligned with one of the second cavities and each of the first cavities and each of the second cavities has a housing locking member. Each of a plurality of first adapter inserts have a first mounting section inserted into one of the first cavities, a first receptacle configured to receive a first optical fiber connector therein, and a first connector latching member. Each of a plurality of second adapter inserts has a second mounting section inserted into one of the second cavities, a second receptacle, and a second connector latching member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Waldron, Wenzong Chen, Thomas R. Marrapode, Thomas D. Schiltz
  • Patent number: 10551586
    Abstract: An integral fan-out connector assembly for fiber optic cables includes a connector housing that provides an integrated fan-out housing and connection adapter. The fan-out connector housing may be configured with a variety of cable adapters, and may be installed as a ‘plug and play’ type solution where it will be ready to accept a feed cable for use when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc
    Inventors: Paul Newbury, Jimmy Chang
  • Patent number: 10541758
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving power delivered over a data fiber cable at an optical transceiver installed at a network communications device and transmitting data and the power from the optical transceiver to the network communications device. The network communications device is powered by the power received from the optical transceiver. An apparatus is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Joel Richard Goergen, Charles Calvin Byers, Robert Gregory Twiss, D. Brice Achkir, Chad M. Jones
  • Patent number: 10514510
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a keyed optical component assembly that ensures that the same has a proper orientation when press-fit into or otherwise coupled to a complimentary opening of an optical subassembly housing. In an embodiment, the keyed optical component assembly includes a base portion defined by a first end and a second end disposed opposite the first end along a longitudinal axis. A first arcuate region extends from the first end towards the second end and transitions into a tapered region. A second arcuate region extends from the second end towards the first end and also transitions into the tapered region. Therefore, the tapered region extends between the first arcuate region and the second arcuate region, and generally tapers/narrows from the second arcuate region to the first arcuate region. The resulting shape of the base portion may generally be described as an asymmetric tear-drop shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kai-Sheng Lin, Justin Lii, Hao-Hsiang Liao
  • Patent number: 10495823
    Abstract: A multi-fiber, fiber optic connector is provided having a housing having a first end for receiving a multi-fiber fiber optic cable and a second end having openings for the fibers from the cable. First and second keys for setting the polarity of the fibers within the connector located on opposing sides of the connector. The connector has either one of guide pins or guide pin receiving holes for guiding the connection with a second connector. The keys are movable between a first active position and a second retracted position, such that when one of the keys is in the first active position, the fibers are presented within the connector in a first polarity and when the second key is in the first active position, the fibers are presented within the connector in a second polarity reversed from the first polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: US Conec Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Michael Good, William E. Ayres, III, Greg Heffner
  • Patent number: 10461468
    Abstract: A wire-side connector provided at a terminal end of a wire harness; and a device-side connector that is fittable to the wire-side connector, and is to be disposed on one surface of a device via connector holding portions are included, the connector holding portions being provided so as to be pivotable between a mounting position at which the device-side connector is disposed in an orientation along the one surface of the device with a fitting face of the device-side connector facing forward, and a fitting position at which the device-side connector assumes an orientation intersecting the one surface so that the fitting face is disposed at a position distanced from the one surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryouya Okamoto, Hiroki Hirai, Tetsuji Tanaka, Hiroshi Shimizu, Hitoshi Takeda
  • Patent number: 10429596
    Abstract: A support assembly including a handle on a top surface of an optical connector, side clips removably coupled to opposite sides of the handle, such that a clamping force is applied to opposite sides of the optical connector to prevent movement between the handle and the optical connector, and a bottom clip removably coupled to a bottom of the handle, the bottom clip including a flange to capture a pull table extending from a rear of the optical connector. An Active Optical Cable (AOC) connector support assembly including a handle, side clips secured to opposite sides of the handle, such that a clamping force is applied to the opposite sides of the AOC connector to prevent movement between the handle and the AOC connector; and a bottom clip secured to a bottom of the handle, the bottom clip including a flange to secure the AOC connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jesus Ernesto Ibarra Hernandez, Oscar E. Flores Pantoja
  • Patent number: 10401575
    Abstract: A ferrule boot for a fiber optic cable includes a front body portion defining at least one aperture, and includes at least one rear body portion defining at least one guide channel that facilitates insertion of loose optical fiber segments through the at least one aperture. At least a portion of each guide channel lacks a top surface boundary that is registered with a top surface of a corresponding aperture, such that an accessible (e.g., open) top portion is provided to ease insertion of at least one group of optical fibers into the at least one guide channel, with the optical fibers preferably being non-ribbonized. Fiber optic cable assemblies and methods for fabrication utilizing the ferrule boot are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Cristian Michael Daily, Christopher Paul Lewallen, Hieu Vinh Tran
  • Patent number: 10330881
    Abstract: A furcation assembly includes a body defining a furcation block receiving portion and a cable receiving portion. The furcation assembly further includes a furcation block positioned within the furcation block receiving portion, and a cable retainer disposed within the cable receiving portion. The furcation assembly further includes a housing receivable around the body such that the furcation block and cable retainer are disposed within the housing. In some embodiments, the cable retainer includes a crimp wing crimpable into contact with the multiple fiber cable to retain the multiple fiber cable, the crimp wing including a burr. In some embodiments, the body including a longitudinally extending rail, the housing defines an interior and a longitudinally extending slot, and the rail extends into the slot when the housing is received around the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventors: David Wittmeier, Louis Guzzo
  • Patent number: 10274683
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spring bias that is particularly suited for use to preload a low profile ferrule of an optical connector. In accordance with the present invention, an axial preload is applied to a connector ferrule by a spring structure provided external of the connector. In one embodiment, spring structure is provided outside a plurality of optical fiber connectors, which provides axial preload of multiple ferrules. Each ferrule could be of the type that supports a plurality of optical fibers of a fiber cable. In one embodiment, the spring bias is effected by a planar flexure external of the connector. The ferrule is coupled to the planar flexure with its longitudinal axis through the center of the planar flexure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Shuhe Li, Gregory L. Klotz, Michael K. Barnoski, Robert Ryan Vallance
  • Patent number: 10240947
    Abstract: A waveguide structure to allow device to determine its orientation are disclosed. The waveguide may be formed of a dielectric core and a cladding. The dielectric core may be formed of a solid dielectric material that conducts radio waves at millimeter wave frequencies and above. The cladding may encapsulate the core, and may include at least two conductive portions. Each conductive portion may be disposed around less than the entire core. The conductive portions allow electrical signals to flow between two devices to determine an orientation of the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Kallman, Daniel C. Wagman
  • Patent number: 10215929
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a plug protection cap that includes a main body, a connecting sleeve, and a traction stub. An accommodating cavity is disposed in the main body. An inlet is through the accommodating cavity that is disposed on an end face of one end of the main body. A locking part is disposed at a position that is on an inner circumferential surface of the accommodating cavity and that is near the inlet. One end of the connecting sleeve detachably sheathes one end that is of the main body and that is away from the inlet, and the other end of the connecting sleeve is rotatably connected to one end of the traction stub. The present disclosure further discloses an optical fiber connector assembly, a fiber plug, and a network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiongwei Yan, Wenxin Wu, Yuliang Wang, Xuesong Huang
  • Patent number: 10191222
    Abstract: An optical connector apparatus includes a connector which is connected to an electro-optical composite cable including an optical fiber and a metal conductor, and a connection object to be connected. The connector is provided with a ferrule which has a conductive portion on at least a part of the surface thereof. The connection object to be connected is provided with an electrically conductive connection member to be connected to the ferrule. The ferrule and the cable are connected by a crimping structure. When the ferrule is inserted in the connection member, the connector and the connection object to be connected are electrically and optically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Osamu Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 10162132
    Abstract: A pull part for coupling to a connector includes a latch configured to be coupled to a housing of the connector and a tab configured to be coupled to the latch, wherein the latch has two support parts, a beam, and connecting portions, the beam connecting the two support parts, the connecting portions being situated between the support parts and the beam, and the two support parts configured to be attached to the housing, wherein the tab includes a body and a handle, the body having connection grooves formed at one side thereof and having the handle at an opposite side thereof, and wherein the connecting portions situated between the support parts and the beam are inserted into the connection grooves so as to couple the latch and the tab to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Hongfei Zhang, Shinichiro Akieda, Osamu Daikuhara
  • Patent number: 10101551
    Abstract: A multi-core/single-core conversion module is disclosed. The multi-core/single-core conversion module includes a housing including a first end, a second end and a lateral wall defining an inner space between the first end and the second end, a first adapter attached to the first end of the housing, two or more second adapters attached to the second end of the housing, a multi-core optical connector inserted into the first adapter from the inner space of the housing, a plurality of single-core optical connectors respectively inserted into the second adapters from the inner space of the housing, and a plurality of optical fibers connecting the multi-core optical connector to the plurality of single-core optical connectors with each other. The second adapters are arranged on the second end across a plurality of tiers. An opening can be formed by a part of the lateral wall being detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Junji Fukui, Kenichiro Ohtsuka, Yuji Suzuki, Hiroyasu Toyooka, Takayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10088631
    Abstract: An optical module package has a first case, a second case and a fiber unit. The first case has a case bottom-part formed along the length direction of the fiber unit, a bottom convex-part formed on the case bottom-part so as to project toward inside direction of the first case and an elastic support part made of elastic member and covering the bottom convex-part. The optical waveguide device is supported by the elastic support part and the optical fiber is arranged at the distant position from the elastic support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroshi Fukaya, Masanori Goto
  • Patent number: 10065019
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a strain relief having a plurality of enclosing parts arranged in an axial direction and enclosing a longitudinal axis of the strain relief. A space portion can be formed between adjacent enclosing parts so that the strain relief is freely bendable. In the strain relief, the adjacent enclosing parts are interconnected, and one or both of opposed surfaces of the adjacent enclosing parts can be provided with a projection that projects in a direction substantially parallel with the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kota Hamuro, Hiroyoshi Ise
  • Patent number: 10054747
    Abstract: A push-pull type fiber optic connector assembly includes a fiber optic connector connectable to fiber optic adapter and including connector housing, latch having elastic arm extended from top of connector housing for locking connector housing to fiber optic adapter, recessed portion located at bottom side relative to latch, pressure rod extended from recessed portion, fiber ferrule mounted in cable passage inside connector housing, connector sub assembly mounted in connector housing to hold fiber ferrule and fiber optic cable having fiber core inserted through fiber ferrule, and operating handle including sliding cap movably capped on connector housing, push member having push arm forwardly extended from sliding cap, cam located at one side of push arm and inserted into recessed portion of fiber optic connector, and handle shaft extended from sliding cap to pull sliding cap backwards in forcing down wedge-shaped pressure rod for disengaging fiber optic connector from fiber optic adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jhih-Ping Lee
  • Patent number: 9983373
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an optical module, including a housing, a circuit board and a light conducting structure; a portion of the light conducting structure is disposed in the housing, another portion of the light conducting structure juts out from the housing; the circuit board is provided with a light source, and the light conducting structure is configured to conduct light emitted by the light source to an outside of the housing. The optical conducting module in the optical module can conduct light emitted from the optical module to outside of the optical module. The optical module allows the state inside the optical module to be conducted to and displayed in the outside of the optical module with optical signals as propagation medium. The state inside the optical module can be directly learned from the outside of the optical module housing, thereby extending application scenarios of the optical module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies Co., Ltd., Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Sigeng Yang, Yinlong Liu, Yongliang Huang, Shijian Ben, Jingsheng Xia, Peng He, Haiqiang Xu, Shengwei Bo, Tengyue Li
  • Patent number: 9945985
    Abstract: There is provided a method for making an optical element having a textured surface. The method comprises the steps of: a) providing a plurality of primary optical fiber segments, each primary fiber segment comprising one or more cores; b) bundling the primary fiber segments into an assembly with the cores of said primary fiber segments extending parallely; c) transforming the assembly into a secondary structure comprising the parallely extending cores; and d) etching a surface of the secondary structure according to an etch profile of said secondary structure, the etch profile being defined by the parallely extending cores, thereby forming the textured surface of the optical element. An optical element having a textured surface is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Bertrand Morasse
  • Patent number: 9946038
    Abstract: A cable tracing type jumper cable include a first electrical connector including an insulative holder shell, a pin block and a connection block at two opposite ends of the insulative holder shell and a first circuit board with a light-emitting device mounted in the connection block, a lead wire set connected with one end thereof to the first electrical connector and including multiple optical fibers, and second electrical connectors connected to an opposite end of the lead wire set each including a lower insulative holder shell, a second circuit board with a light-emitting device mounted in the lower insulative holder shell and electrical plugs mounted in one end of the lower insulative holder shell opposite to the lead wire set. When a voltage is applied to the lead wire set, the light-emitting devices in the first and second electrical connectors are electrically conducted to emit light for tracing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Yen-Lin Lin
  • Patent number: 9933586
    Abstract: An optical fiber adapter according to the present disclosure includes a main body, a first shutter member, a second shutter member and an inner housing. The first shutter member includes a first base portion, a first shutter plate, a first supporting portion and a first connecting portion. The second shutter member includes a second base portion, a second shutter plate, a second supporting portion and a second connecting portion. The first base portion is positioned on the first wall of the main body. The first connecting portion connects the first base portion. The first supporting portion extends from the first connecting portion. The first shutter plate connects the first supporting portion and extends toward the third wall of the main body. The second base portion is positioned on the third wall of the main body. The second connecting portion connects the second base portion. The second supporting portion extends from the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Muh-Chyng Yang
  • Patent number: 9900673
    Abstract: A network can include a logical core switch, a passive splitter optically connected to the logical core switch, and client access devices each optically connected to the passive splitter to form a homerun topology between the plurality of client access devices and the logical core switch. The network can be a software defined network (SDN) including a logical control plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventor: James S. Hiscock