Birns, Inc. has introduced a new versatile level of connectivity with its Birns Millennium 3T series. This addition to the Millennium connector range is designed to offer a diverse suite of capabilities with both multi and single mode optical fibers, and high voltage (= 3.6Kv) and low voltage (=600v) conductors delivering bandwidth and power for extreme depth applications.
The Millennium 3T family of connectors was created to push the technological barriers for challenges inherent in transmitting significant amounts of real time data for subsea observatories, towed data acquisition devices and ROV projects or any user of underwater electro-optical or coax cabling. The new series is designed to carry high and low voltages; a single connector to deliver power and control signals and high bandwidth telemetry both to and from a device.
Separately, the Birns Millennium 3T electro coax hybrid segment includes GPS capabilities, as well as flexible solutions for high definition cameras and antennae for military and industrial applications. This elevated level of capabilities and performance does not come at the cost of optical loss, however - the 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.
"The Birns Millennium 3T series is a huge leap forward," said Eric Birns, company President and CEO. "Other optical connectors either can't carry electrical power, can't handle high voltages or don't withstand open-face pressure. Our solution provides users who have challenging data stream requirements with an underwater connector that meets all of their varied needs."
Both the electro-optical and electro-coax hybrid formats of the Birns Millennium 3T series can be made with special mounting configurations that can be designed to conform to MIL-C-24217/4-005 specs. This provides a seamless upgrade option for legacy equipment without necessitating costly comprehensive replacements. 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.