The No. of network connections in data centers is rising rapidly. Traditional fiber cables can make the data center crammed and difficult to manage. The MTP/MPO cables, which bring together 8, 12 or 24 fibers in a single interface have been proven to be a practical solution. Incorporating to meet the 40G BASE-SR4 and 100GBASE-SR10 standard, The MTP/MPO multi-fiber connector of MTP/MPO cables is about the same size as a SC connector but can accommodate 8, 12 or 24 fibers, thus offering savings in circuit card and rack space.
MTP/MPO cables are composed of MTP/MPO connectors and fiber optic cables, other connectors such as LC may also be found in some kinds of MTP/MPO cables. The fiber cables used are generally OM3 and OM4, which are laser optimized multi-mode optical fibers.
MPO connectors are available in a female version, or a male version (with pins). The pins ensure the exact alignment of the fronts of the connectors, and also they ensure the end faces of the fibers are not offset.