Press Release

FlightLink™ Fiber Optic Cables Extend Bandwidth and Temperature Performance for Commercial Aircraft Systems

Photonic West 2013, Booth #917, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA February 5, 2013 - OFS, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative fiber optic products, today announced the availability of two new products in their FlightLink™ family of avionics cables for use in commercial aircraft systems. In addition to the existing FlightLink 62.5, qualified to the ARINC 802 standard, the new 50µm OM3 and Bend Optimized Singlemode products are offered for increased bandwidth options in system designs. FlightLink OM3 can support 100Gbit Ethernet up to 100 meters, a length which far exceeds typical aircraft optical fiber interconnect lengths. For applications that require single mode performance, FlightLink Bend Optimized Single Mode offers outstanding bend performance combined with standard sized mode field.

All FlightLink cables are now qualified to 200°C and are designed with identical tight buffer construction that eliminates “kinking” which can occur in loose tube cables. FlightLink cables incorporate OFS premium quality fibers, buffer, braided strength members and outer jacket, chosen from our wide range of specialty materials to meet the requirements of this challenging environment.   

FlightLink cables can be ordered directly from OFS’s Specialty Photonics Division
in Avon, CT.

About OFS
OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical fiber cable, connectivity, FTTX and specialty photonics solutions.  Our marketing, sales, manufacturing and research teams provide forward-looking, innovative products and solutions in areas including Telecommunications, Medicine, Industrial Automation, Sensing, Government, Aerospace and Defense applications. We provide reliable, cost effective optical solutions to enable our customers to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s digital and energy consumers and businesses. 

OFS’ corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and includes technology powerhouses such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications.

Headquartered in Norcross (near Atlanta) Georgia, U.S., OFS is a global provider with facilities in China, Denmark, Germany, Russia, and the United States.

For more information, please visit www.ofsoptics.com.

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OFS Technical Contact:
Cathy Ciardiello
Market Manager
crc7@ofsoptics.com
+1 860-678-6540

  Temperature Range Chemical Resistance Abrasion Resistance Radiation Resistance UV Resistance Flame Retardance
Material            
PFA -200 to 260 °C Excellent Very Good Good Excellent Excellent
FEP -100 to 200 °C Excellent Very Good Good Excellent Excellent
ETFE -125 to 150 °C Excellent Excellent Very Good Excellent Excellent
PVDF -50 to 150 °C Excellent Excellent Very Good Very Good Excellent
PEEK -55 to 240 °C Excellent Excellent Good N/R Excellent
Thermoplastic Elastomer -50 to 120 °C Good Good N/R Excellent Very Good
PVC -40 to 105 °C N/R N/R N/R N/R Very Good
Nylon -65 to 105 °C N/R Very Good N/R N/R N/R

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