Standard Hybrid Connectors

New BIRNS Millennium™ Standard Hybrid Electro-Optical Connectors Available

Two New Standard Pin Configurations Set a Benchmark for Elevated Bandwidth Delivery

OXNARD, CA – BIRNS, Inc., global leader in the design and manufacturing of high performance connectors, penetrators, custom cable assemblies and lights for the subsea technology market, now offers two standard hybrid pin configurations for electro-optical hybrid connectors: the BIRNS Millennium™ 3T and 3O.  The versatile new options in the acclaimed BIRNS Millennium connector series provide high performance, technologically advanced solutions to deliver maximum data and power for extreme depth applications.

The BIRNS Millennium 3T can handle both high voltage (≤ 3.6Kv) and low voltage (≤600v) conductors—users can specify a wide range of configurations with up to 31 electrical wires and up to 10 optical fibers. The BIRNS Millennium 3O has a single optical fiber, with the capability of handling up to 10 electrical wires.  Both unique standard hybrids are available in single or multi-mode, and provide incredibly low data loss—typical loss recorded for a cable assembly of the series is <1dB, in accordance with ANSI/TIA/EIA-455 for fiber optic return loss test procedures.

“In the last decade, BIRNS has been leading the industry with electrical, fiber optic and hybrid connector innovations.  Creating a standard hybrid series is the next logical evolution of the way we continue to shape this new technology,” says Eric Birns, President and CEO. “By offering these two standard solutions which can be customized to fit a wide range of pin configurations, we can provide versatility and performance, along with short lead times, that are unparalleled in the industry—and perfect for the majority of our customers’ specific needs.”

Like all members of the BIRNS Millennium series, the new standard hybrid options are tested to withstand high open face pressure and are rated to 6000m.  They provide elevated contact density with 50 microns of hard gold contact plating, and have standard exclusive BIRNS features like dual self-guiding stainless steel keys and keyways for positive indexing.  Plus, they are engineered with a 15° molded internal o-ring lead-in chamfer specially angled to ensure the dual o-rings’ longevity and reliability.  Each insert’s solder pots are scalloped and face out from center for ease of wiring access. Additionally, the series’ solder pots are insulated with GRE part way up the shaft and after termination, heat shrink tubing is placed over the entire conductive area for a completely insulated termination, which prevents electrical interference between pins. 

The new BIRNS Millennium standard hybrid electro-optical hybrid series can be made with special mounting configurations that can be designed to conform to MIL-C-24217/4-005 specs, to provide a seamless upgrade option for legacy equipment.  For creating complete cable assembly systems, all of BIRNS’ expert electrical technicians are Certified IPC Specialists per J-STD-001, and BIRNS’ optical technicians are ETA-I certified. 

About BIRNS, Inc.,
Founded in 1954, BIRNS, Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 certified global leader in the design and manufacturing of high performance lighting and connector systems for deep ocean, marine, military and nuclear power applications.  For more information, contact BIRNS Inc., 1720 Fiske Place, Oxnard, CA, 93033
Phone: 805-487-5393 ∙ US Toll Free 1-888-BIRNS-88 Fax: 805-487-0427 ∙

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