Armored LC Ferrule-tipped Optical Patch Cables
April 25, 2013

DALLAS, TX — (April 25, 2013) – Plexon Inc, the leader in advanced hardware and software solutions for neuroscience and behavioral research, announced today the release of its new Armored LC Ferrule-tipped Optical Patch Cables for use with the PlexBright™ Optogenetic Stimulation System. This announcement comes on the heels of last month’s launch of the PlexBright Dual LED Commutator supporting optogenetics research utilizing freely behaving animals.

Plexon’s PlexBright Optical Patch Cables are available with two distinct application-specific tips: a Bare Fiber tip or an LC Ferrule tip. The latter tip is typically chosen to support chronic experiments as it connects to a PlexBright Fiber Stub Implant chronically implanted in the research subject. These cables are Plexon’s thinnest, most flexible optical patch cables. Although this construction achieves minimal distraction to the subject, it can also be easily damaged should the animal take exception to being tethered. The new armoring for LC Ferrule-tipped Optical Patch Cables is flexible, yet provides additional protection.

The new armored jacketing is made of stainless steel, has an outer diameter of 2.3mm and is available for LC Ferrule tipped Optical Patch Cables compatible with either the PlexBright Table-top LED Modules or the Compact LED Modules (for commutator use). It is specifically designed to offer added protection from chewing (possibly caused by especially bored or agitated animals) and other animal inflicted damage. The jacketing provides excellent strength combined with unique flexibility not found with any other optical patch cables.

The benefits of the armored jacketing are not limited to protection from animals, but also extend to protecting the PlexBright Optical Patch Cables from possible damage inflicted by humans during standard/excessive use, such as over-bending. The armored jacketing is recommended anytime an LC Ferrule-tipped Optical Patch Cable is required for use with rat-sized animals or larger.

For more information regarding the new Armored LC Ferrule-tipped PlexBright Optical Patch Cable or other components of the PlexBright Optogenetic Stimulation System, please visit

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Plexon is a pioneer and leading innovator of custom, high performance data acquisition, behavior and analysis solutions specifically designed for scientific research. We collaborate with and supply thousands of customers including the most prestigious neuroscience laboratories around the globe driving new frontiers in areas including basic science, brain-machine interfaces (BMI), neurodegenerative diseases, addictive behaviors and neuroprosthetics. Plexon offers integrated solutions for in vivo neurophysiology, optogenetics, and behavioral research — backed by its industry-leading commitment to quality and customer support.