Combining optical and electrical signaling in one connector, the MediSpec hybrid circular mechanical-transfer (MT) cable-and-receptacle system from Molex Inc. minimizes the number of connectors required by medical equipment and devices. Using circular MT technology, the multifunctional connector provides three configurable MT ferrule–compatible ports for combining copper or fiber media to carry electrical power, low-speed copper signaling, and optical data or video signals. This integrated technology can be incorporated into a streamlined custom system that meets specific end-user requirements and simplifies installation. For the PCB or equipment side, the hybrid connector-and-receptacle system can be configured with any of several optical and electrical connectors. Other system features include connector housings engineered from a choice of metal or medical-grade polymer, an expanded-beam MT ferrule option to reduce optical loss due to contamination, and fiber counts ranging from 1 to 24 fibers per ferrule.