Smiths Connectors is now Smiths Interconnect


March 13, 2013

Size 16 Low Loss Floating Fiber Optic Termini

Smiths Connectors announced today the launch of its Size16 Floating Fiber Optic Pin Termini, an innovative product suited for a wide variety of applications and markets.

The new floating pin termini provide exceptional low loss characteristics with high reliability and repeatability.  They are designed to fit available formats of standard off the shelf electrical MIL-DTL-38999 cylindrical connectors (i.e D38999/20 & /26).  The floating pin eliminates the need of using costly tight tolerance and hard to locate D38999/60 & /61 connector thus lowering the overall cost of ownership.

The floating pin termini self aligns into standard connector formats thus improving the fiber optic pin to socket alignment resulting in improved insertion loss performance with a .006” radial and 3.25 degree angular misalignment.  The floating mechanism helps to ensure precision alignment of the fiber ferrules in extreme environmental conditions of shock and vibration. 

The floating pin termini is designed for ease of assembly, is field replaceable and is completely interchangeable and comparable in cost to standard M29504/4 Termini (without the built in floating low loss mechanism). The precise hole diameter and alignment features built in the ferrule and contact design provide a repeatable low loss connection suited for a wide variety of single mode and multi-mode  fiber optic cables.  The terminus is available with a Zirconia ferrule for single and multi-mode applications.


Smiths Connectors is a leading supplier of application-specific, high-reliability electrical interconnect solutions from highly integrated assemblies to microminiature connectors and spring probe contacts.Connectors is comprised of Hypertac, Sabritec and IDI brands, which are synonymous of exceptional performance when critical applications require a technologically advanced, high quality, multi-pin electrical connection to ensure reliability and safety.

Alongside Smiths Microwave and Smiths Power, Smiths Connectors is part of the Smiths Interconnect division of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.