What is PLC Splitter?
PLC Splitter (PLC for short) is a device that divides the optical fiber into two or more parts. It can be a low-cost fiber distribution solution in passive optical networks. It meets Telcordia reliability qualification requirements and is often used to connect optical fiber to an existing wiring system. Its four appearances include a splice closure, a splice box, and a formal joint box.
PLC Splitter VS FBT
The FBT splitter has a lower price than the PLC splitter. However, it is limited in operating wavelength and the maximum insertion loss is greater for higher splits. In comparison, the PLC splitter costs more but has a high reliability and equal splitter ratio on all branches. This is because it is manufactured using semiconductor technology. If you are planning to buy one for your business, you should consider reading the following comparison between the FBT and PLC splitters.
Components of PLC Splitter
PLC splitters are passive components that play a key role in GPON and EPON. They are used in the optical cable system to split the fiber-optic signal in an equivalent manner. The split ratio is an important factor to consider while selecting a splitter. You can choose a type based on its function and the size of your network. It is also important to consider its packaging. A typical PLC splitter has a six-dimensional close alignment. Its trays can be installed in an optical fiber transfer box.
Application of PLC Splitter
Fiber Optic PLC splitters, on the other hand, are designed for high-density optical networks. These products are known for their outstanding performance and insertion loss uniformity over the entire transmission range. Fiber-opticoptic splitters are available in rack-mount, cassette-type, and quick connect cassettes. The Corning QuickPath PLC splitter provides high-density and low-insertion-loss optical splitters.
Integrated waveguide optical power budget device
The PIC transmitter is an Integrated Waveguide Optical Power Budget Device. It generates four 100-GHz channels and integrates chirp control to enable error-free transmission of 10 Gb/s OOK data over 50 kilometers of fiber. Its high-density Mach-Zehnder modulator, with its 27-um wide electrode, provides excellent velocity-to-impedance matching. The device’s spectral width is approximately three times that of its predecessor.
When calculating the required optical power for a certain application, many companies provide the minimum receive sensitivity and transmit power. However, these numbers are averages. In order to get an accurate calculation, you must use the true minimum value. If it is below the average value, the device cannot be used. If you want to achieve optimal performance, use the minimum values of the device’s minimum sensitivity and transmit power.
Low cost fiber distribution solution in passive optical networks
Passive optical networks (PONs) are high-speed network access systems that use single-fiber optics to carry data. These single-fiber systems travel from a telecom operator’s central exchange optical line terminal to a splitter that provides multiple fibers to each individual home. This method of fiber distribution is primarily used for high-speed fiber-to-the-home applications. Its many advantages include reduced building and operating costs, and lower costs of ownership and maintenance.
The most important benefit of PONs is the reduction in cabling infrastructure. Because there are no active elements, PONs are ideal for applications like video and voice. Typical PON components include an optical line terminal, Ethernet ports, and an optical splitter. The splitter multiplies the signal to many end-user devices. While PONs initially focused on fiber connectivity, many other network users are starting to see its advantages for “last-mile” power distribution and fiber efficiency.
PONs can be built in a point-to-point or homerun topology, and splitters are placed at the central office for active networking. The optical distribution frame can be patched into the network desired by a user. Passive optical networks can also be designed for low cost, high reliability, and passive functionality. Among the technologies that are available are EPON, GPON, and RFoG technologies.