Belden Inc. recently announced its new DCX optical distribution frame (ODF), a high-density cross-connect solution “designed to optimize fiber infrastructure ROI,” according to the company press release.
“Ever-increasing data center bandwidth requirements, IP migration in broadcast environments and new stadium technology deployments (such as 5G and IoT) all require more fiber connections,” according to the Belden announcement.
“These fiber connections need to be supported effectively while also ensuring easy access to patch cords and trunk cables for quick maintenance, moves, additions and changes,” the announcement says.
Belden’s new DCX optical distribution frame “helps integrators, consultants, installers and end users achieve successful cable management, handle high amounts of fiber connections and add density to the ODF through innovations,” according to the company announcement.
Its features include:
- Easy patch cord access via pull-out trays and clearance around each connector
- Cable and patch cord protection through articulated cable management trays and slack management to prevent cable damage or pinch points
- Front-access design that allows for multiple configurations and facilitates scalability while optimizing square footage use
- Flippable modular cassettes, which offer easy fiber polarity management that maintains port numbering sequences
More About Belden DCX Optical Distribution Frame
The Belden DCX optical distribution frame can support 4,608 terminations (2,304 ports) per small-footprint cabinet. The product family includes the DCX cabinet; 4U housings; and adapter frames, pre-terminated cassettes and splice cassettes.
The system’s compact termination cassettes fit many different applications. The system’s ability to use one patch cord length to connect from one port to any other port contributes to lower operating expenses.
The DCX ODF also allows for migration from Base-12 to Base-8, Base-16 and Base-24 connectivity in the future without requiring infrastructure changes.
“The migration to fiber is happening in many different environments to support higher density and the shift from 40G to 100G Ethernet and emerging 400G technologies and beyond,” said Benoit Chevarie, global product manager for connectivity at Belden, in the announcement.
“The more fiber you bring in, the more vital it is to properly manage it,” he said.