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Help finding TOTX142L and TORX142L TOSLINK connectors? Answered

I'm working on an audio project that uses optical inputs and outputs.  The components I really need to get the most out of this project are two 25Mbps TOSLINK connectors: TOTX142L (transmitter) and TORX142L (receiver).  Unfortunately, both are discontinued and I'm having a heck of a time finding either old stock or a comparable replacement!  I've tried all the major distributors (Digikey, mouser, etc) and have even sent out RFQs (request for quote) to various old-stock warehouses in the USA and abroad.  I've got a small lead on the receiver but the transmitter remains elusive.

What really confuses me is the fact that there are still consumer products being manufactured today that use a device of this class, so where are these guys getting their parts??

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seal41

9 years ago

Toshiba actually discontinued the TORX142L and TOTX142L but modified their TORX147s (stock is 15Mb) to be 25Mb.  You have to order TORX147L(25M,F,T) and TOTX147L(25M,F,T), but they have a standard lead time of 8-10 wks and 500 MOQ.  There is also available in a mini shutter TORX147PL(25M,F,T) and TOTX147PL(25M,F,T) but the footprint is slightly different.  You may be able to find some smaller stock of those though because more people use them.

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nevdull

9 years ago

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jeff-onevdull

Answer 9 years ago

Sadly, these all have a different connector type.  I need ones with the rectangular push-in connector, not a round screw-on.

Thanks, though!

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nevdullnevdull

Answer 9 years ago

p.s. and these are in stock.  don't you hate getting excited seeing 15 pages of results and 14 pages are obsolete/out of stock/etc? heh ;)

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jeff-o

9 years ago

I would if I could.  But the key here is that 25Mbps TOSLINK connectors don't seem to be available anywhere, in any package, from any manufacturer!

Well, thanks for your help anyway.  I may just have to concede to using 15Mbps devices.

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jeff-o

9 years ago

Ah, but who is manufacturing these devices?  Toshiba sure isn't; in their end-of-life notice they mention they're completely scrapping the process to make these.  If only I knew I might be able to track them down.

Thanks for the link.  I used that same service to help find the TORX and got one response, though I haven't acted on it yet...