The Big Data Connector

MXC® is a new optical fiber connector system responding to the ever-increasing demand for data which is driving new hardware and applications in data centers and networks. Using advanced high-density interconnect technology, MXC® provides a direct card edge interface to embedded optical engines such as Intel Silicon Photonics chips.

Up To 64 Micro Lenses

A key feature of the MXC® connector system is the hermaphroditic PRIZM MT® ferrule (also known as a lensed or expanded beam MT ferrule) that enables the ultra-high connection density. The outer dimension of the MXC® ferrule remains the same as the classical MT ferrule of MTP®/MPO connectors. The PRIZM MT® technology enables a brand new design of the ferrule tip with a recessed area of up to 64 micro lenses, 4 rows with up to 16 lenses per row.

Download our MXC® Flyer (PDF, 2.5 MB)


The main advantages of the MXC® compared to conventional fiber optic connectors are:

  • Terabit per second bandwidth capability, 64 single-mode fibers at 25 GBit/s = 1.6 TBit/s per connector
  • Smaller size providing even greater density
  • Expanded beam technology provides a rugged interface
  • Lower cost due to fewer parts and no fiber polishing required for assembly


The benefits of the expanded beam lens technology are:

  • Larger beam cross section results in decreased impact of debris
  • Greater alignment tolerances at the mating plane of the connectors which guarantees consistently low insertion loss and return loss
  • Less spring force required for mating

More To Come

Multimode OM3, OM4 and LX cable assemblies are available. Singlemode MXC® is under development. MXC® bulkhead and blindmate connectors for mid- and back-plane card edge applications are under development.

If you want to know more about cable assemblies using the new MXC® connector, get in touch with us!

Download our MXC® Flyer (PDF, 2.5 MB)

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