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POF port simplifies device connection in infotainment networks

Posted: 15 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Firecomms  Fast Ethernet  fibre optic transceiver  Plastic Optical Fibre  POF 

Firecomms has announces that its Fast Ethernet fibre optic transceiver technology is now available in a new easy to use, low-cost housing that provides instant termination of bare Plastic Optical Fibre (POF). This POF port, called OptoLock quickens and simplifies the connection of devices in communications and infotainment networks.

As this port incorporates Firecomms EDL300 transceivers, OptoLock is suitable for 100Mb Ethernet applications with stringent quality of service requirements such as IPTV gateways, set-top boxes, and hubs. The design of OptoLock enables the fibre to be cut and terminated to the exact required length on site, allowing even the most novice consumer to quickly and easily terminate the bare optical fibre.

"OptoLock gives OEMs a low-cost interface for high-volume optical fibre applications," says Firecomms CEO Declan O'Mahoney. "With this device, all the advantages of optical fibre can be brought into the home with do-it-yourself simplicity and costs. The benefits of this simple, robust high-speed interface will be significant as high-speed services like 100Mb IPTV are delivered into the home."

OptoLock is mechanically and electrically interchangeable with Small Media Interface (SMI) connectors enabled by Firecomms EDL300 transceivers, which are widely used.

Firecomms leads the development of devices to drive POF, a low-cost optical alternative to copper cabling. Due to its ease of use, large core tolerances, and low costs, POF is enjoying significant growth in a wide range of applications. Created for consumer, industrial, and automotive applications in which plastic fibre can be used more easily and at lower cost than copper or glass fibre, POF is now used in millions of small area networks, such as those in use in many car models, and is rapidly gaining ground in home network and point-to-point interconnection. The POF market is estimated to be worth more than Rs.4,532 crore ($1 billion) per year by the end of 2008.

Volume shipments of the transceiver will begin this month.

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