"From POF-ALL to POF-PLUS" First-Year Results Now Available

The European POF industry is clearly the leader in the development of POF technology, applications, and standards. Funded by the European Economic Commission (EEC)'s IST Program, there are two major projects, the first being the POF-ALL project and the second a follow-on program, POF-PLUS. The POF-ALL program started in January 2006 and ran through June 2008 at a total cost of 2.6 million euros, of which the EEC paid 1.8 million euros.

The POF-PLUS project started on January 5, 2008, with a duration of 36 months. The first year's results were delivered on June 9, 2009, in a report D-MAN-3.3 "Public Report on POF-PLUS First Year Results."

Members of the POF-ALL and POF-PLUS consortium include:

  • • Institute Superiore Mario Bella (ISMB) (Project Manager)
  • • Politechnico Di Torino
  • • Luceat S.p.A.
  • • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits
  • • POFAC
  • • Firecomms Ltd.
  • • Diemont GmbH
  • • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • • Universitat Duisberg-Essen
  • • Siemens
  • • Teleconnect GmbH
  • • ST Microelectronics
  • • Rossetta-IP
  • • France Telecom
  • • Telecom Italia

The following are the targets established for POF-PLUS:

  • • Realization of fully engineered systems working at 1Gbps over 40-60 meters
  • • Proof-of-concept demonstration of multi-Gbps over 50-60 meters (from 6- to 10Gbps)
  • • Proof-of-concept demonstration of several tens of Gbps over tens of meters using parallel optic solutions (multicore and ribbon cables)
  • • Reliable transmission of selected radio-over-fiber systems (such as transporting wireless UWB)

There are two main areas of applications targeted by the POF-PLUS Program;

  • • Next-generation home networks
  • • Optical interconnects in short-reach broadband connectivity applications
    • - Storage area networks
    • - Enterprise communications
    • - Consumer displays for uncompressed video (e.g., HDMI)

The two projects are managed by ISMB and the Politechnico di Torino.

The following are two documents that describe the POF-PLUS program rationale and detailed working group results:

  1. Concept and objectives, progress beyond the state-of-the-art, S/T methodology and plans, Part B (www.ist-pof-all.org)

  2. Deliverable D-MAN-3.3: Public Report on POF-PLUS First Year Results" (www.ict-pof-plus.eu)