04149072 is referenced by 52 patents and cites 6 patents.

A system for optically linking processing equipment including a flat ribbon cable containing a plurality of optical fibers supported in a flexible matrix, a connector for optically terminating fibers of the cable including a member having means for receiving and for anchoring the cable to enable the fibers to be coupled to fibers within a mated connector, and a terminal connector adapted for mating with the first connector and for providing an electrical interface with electronic data processing equipment. Both connectors include means for retaining fibers within their respective housings to enable coupling the fibers when the connectors are mated together. The terminal connector further includes an electronic circuit having a transmitter section and a receiver section, wherein the transmitter section includes at least one light source for converting an electrical input logic signal to a corresponding optical signal and wherein the receiver section includes at least one photodetector for converting an optical logic signal received through the mated connector into a corresponding electrical output signal.

Title
System for flat ribbon optical fiber data communications link
Application Number
5/822270
Publication Number
4149072
Application Date
August 5, 1977
Publication Date
April 10, 1979
Inventor
Paul H Binek
St. Paul
MN, US
Robert T Smith
Woodbury
MN, US
Agent
William B Barte
Donald M Sell
Cruzan Alexander
Assignee
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
MN, US
IPC
H04B 9/00
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