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Fibre optic connectors for surgical robotic systems

15 November 2023

BRINGING NEW levels of precision and efficiency to medical procedures, surgical robotic systems require reliable data transmission at tremendous speed and low latencies. This need is met by special fiber optic connections, which face numerous challenges in such complex systems.

The connectors must not only transmit the data at high speed, but also be immune to interference and electromagnetic interference. In this context, high-speed fibre optic connections play a crucial role.


  • Miniaturisation and Space Limitations: In surgical robotic systems, the available space is limited.Connectors need to be compact to fit into tight spaces without restricting the robot's freedom of movement.
  • Robustness and resistance: The connectors must be able to withstand the physical stresses that may occur during surgery, such as vibration or accidental shocks.
  • Cleaning and sterilisation: Surgical instruments must be able to be sterilized.Connectors must be designed to survive this process without sacrificing performance.
  • Data integrity: In high-precision operations, there must be no data loss. The interfaces must ensure data integrity and ensure uninterrupted communication.
  • EMC and Immunity: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is crucial to avoid interference from nearby electronic devices. Connectors must have immunity to interference while enabling high data rates.

As a leading manufacturer of connectors for medical applications, ODU's connectors meet the demanding requirements of the MDR and IEC 60-601-1 standard.

ODU's high-speed fibre optic connectors are suited for use in surgical robotic systems. They are compact, rugged, easy to sterilise, and offer outstanding data transmission performance, even in EMC-intensive environments. For example, with the help of Expanded Beam Performance technology, the highest data rates can be achieved with extremely low attenuation values.