Fiber-optic connectors are continuously evolving with the maturity of optical fiber transmission technology. At the same time, the demand for fiber-optic connectivity devices such as the Subscriber Connector (SC) and Lucent Connector (LC) is escalating due to a massive growth in high-bandwidth communication and data services.
But what defines a good fiber-optic connector? What matters the most in the selection of a fiber-optic connector? A detailed account of the SC and LC devices and their comparison will show how fiber connectorization is evolving with new technology advancements and burgeoning applications like data centers and 5G base stations.
Here, it’s worth mentioning that there are more than a dozen fiber-optic connectors; each one of them emerged as a solution to specific product needs and eventually became known for specific technology limitations.
Subsequently, the SC and LC fiber-optic connectors became the most common devices in a broad array of optical fiber connections serving LANs, SANs, WANs, data centers, telecom switching offices, cellular base stations, CATV networks, fiber-to-the-x (FTTX) networks and test and measurement systems. That’s mainly because both SC and LC devices are rugged and offer a moderate cost. And they enable reliable connections that align precisely and are optically very smooth.