Armadillo Attenuated Loopback Now Available


Portland, OR. – February 15, 2003 – Timberline Connectivity, Inc. announces the general availability of its attenuated version of the Armadillo optical loopback adapter. The Armadillo optical loopback, released in 2001, has become the industry standard in protected optical loopbacks. It was designed with input from ESS Test and Component engineers from around the country, and features a hard protective shell that encases and protects the fiber portion of the loopback. Ergonomically designed for ease of use, it can be color coded to indicate fiber size or attenuation.

The new attenuated versions of the Armadillos are made to customer specifications, with an attenuation range from 0dB to -20dB. Using a proprietary method, attenuation is added to multimode loopbacks so that dB values remain constant regardless of the transceiver under test. Traditional attenuation methods (air gap, core-offset and macro-bending) can strip off the high and low modes in a disproportionate manner, causing the likelihood of getting inconsistent power values from one transceiver to the next with the same loopback. With the attenuated Armadillo loopbacks from Timberline, the attenuation is distributed equally across all modes, eliminating this problem. Versions are available for 850 or 1310nm, LED or Laser with a tolerance of +/- 0.5dB.

Timberline Connectivity, Inc. offers a vast array of quality custom built and application specific products in addition to our Armadillo loopbacks, SM, MM, and PM fiber optic assemblies.

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