The Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization strives to actively promote the proliferation of Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) systems serving both data communication and non-data markets.

Optical Technologies for Wind Turbines and Solar Systems from LEONI Fiber Optics Inc.


Selection of High-flex Fiber Optic Cables

Williamsburg, VA (June 17, 2011). With more than ten years of experience in Plastic Optical Fiber (POF)/Plastic Coated Fiber (PCF) Cables and assembling. LEONI Fiber Optics stands ready to meet the steadily growing demand for customized infrastructure cables and assemblies used in wind turbines and solar plants offering newly developed: Optical Fiber (POF, PCF, HCS, Glass) for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

Wind Turbines: communication cable and control cable for control unit, tower and nacelle, onshore & offshore.

Solar Plants: communication cable and control cable for solar plants, e.g. Sun following-up device for solar panels.

High Flex Fiber Optic Cable Features:

  • • Low-temperature solutions down to – 40 °C
  • • Torsion approved and tested
  • • Plug & Play solutions
  • • UL approval available (US/Canada)
  • • Protection tubing , UV-resistant und rodent proof
  • • High-temperature solutions up to + 70°C
  • • Fastbus, Fast Ethernet, V Pin, Versatile Link
  • • Assembling with connectors HP, HFBR 4521 (Hard Clad Silica Optical Fiber Connector), FSMA, ST, HP, SC, F05



New line of Plastic Optical (POF) Fiber and Cables from LEONI Fiber Optics

Selection of protective buffers, outer jackets and colors, fiber optic core sizes, numerical apertures and end terminations to fit application and customers’ needs.

Williamsburg, VA (April 14, 2011) – Allowing the use of plastic optical fiber cost-effectively in a wide variety of applications, LEONI Fiber Optics introduces its new standard line of plastic optic fiber cables. The LEONI POF has proven effective in a number of medical, scientific and industrial applications ranging from illumination in a 25 gauge probe for vitreo-retinal surgery, to factory automation and industrial control (Profibus, ProfiNet, Industrial Ethernet, SERCOS) and control systems for wind and solar power systems.

Polymer optical fibers (POF) have been on the market for many years. Both the fiber core and the cladding are made of polymer. Key advantages of polymer optical fibers are high flexibility (high alternate bending resistance with smaller bending radii) as well as more economical connecting and transmission technology than in the case of glass.

Moreover, this type of fiber also has all the major benefits of a fiber optical cable connection:

  • • EMC security,
  • • Clear galvanic separation,
  • • No crosstalk,
  • • Low weight

POF can by now be used to bridge distances up to 70 meters, which is normally sufficient for industrial environments and smaller office as well as home networks. It is even possible to cover distances up to 150 meters by selecting suitable active components. POF cables are available for indoors and outdoors. A wide range of constructions are available depending on the requirement.

  • • Special requirements in terms of flexibility
  • • Resistance to oil,
  • • Resistance to UV,
  • • Freedom from halogen or
  • • Flame retardan



New Plugless Device Connects POF to Standard Wall Plates



logoTo facilitate the connection of polymer fibers via a plugless device that provides a very low db loss, ELII is introducing a device that plugs into wall plates already available in the market. The device connects polymer cables via a push-in mechanism that secures the cables in place, providing the end user with an easy way to connect a variety of POF products. The plugless device accepts cable with a diameter of 2.2mm.

The standard color is black, but other colors are available. The order number for the black device is ELII-2.20-L-B.





Rugged Polymer Cable Assembly for Heavy Vehicles


logoBased on the SMA connector system with additional rugged parts, ELII is introducing a 40-meter cable assembly using 1mm POF. Additional lengths are available on request. The polymer assemblies are used in excavators, cranes, forklifts, and the like. The 40-meter configuration has a maximum attenuation of approximately 180dB.

For additional information, including drawing, price, sample, and delivery, contact the sales department.

About Electronic Links International

Electronic Links International, Inc.>develops standard and custom plastic optical fiber connectors, cable assemblies, and other devices. By actively participating in standards committees, and by working closely with providers of new technology, this US-based company is positioned to bring cutting-edge technology to the market quickly and efficiently. Additional information about Electronic Links International is available at www.electronic-links.com.

Electronic Links international, Inc. assumes no responsibility for inaccuracies or omissions in the information contained in this document. Specifications are subject to change without notice.




European Research Consortium to Unveil Breakthrough of Gigabit Transmissions over POF at OFC 2011


logo POF-PLUS, an EU sponsored research consortium backed by some of Europe’s largest telecom operators, including France Telecom and Telecom Italia, will present at OFC 2011 results of its research into and development of new commercially viable technologies for transmission at Gigabit speeds over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF).

This new technology will be highlighted on two booths, and in a talk at the POF Symposium. On the POF-PLUS booth, # 2830, consortium members Firecomms, Luceat, and Rosetta IP will provide live demonstrations of Gigabit Ethernet transmissions utilizing media converters. Member organizations Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits and POF Application Center (POFAC) will showcase novel developments of this new Gigabit transmission technology on the Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO) booth, #2615. The developments of parallel optical transceivers for transmission of multi-gigabit transmission speeds also will be featured on the POFTO booth.

Attendees interested in a full overview of the results of the Gigibit transmission project will be rewarded by a talk given by Professor Roberto Gaudino of the Politecnico di Torino. Hugh Hennessy, Firecomms VP of sales and marketing, will conclude the presentation with a discussion of the roadmap to commercial deployment of Gigabit technology. The presentation will be held at the POF Symposium in Expo Theater 3 on the exhibition floor at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 10.

“For several years major operators across Europe have deployed POF in home networks because of the simplicity and ultra-thin nature of POF,” says John Lambkin, CTO of Firecomms. “With these presentations,

POF-PLUS is demonstrating how POF home networks, with guaranteed reliability and the lowest maintenance costs, are future-proofed for the next twenty years or more.”

The OFC 2011 Exposition will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California on March 8-10, 2011.





New Electronic Links International POF Connector System Ideal for Industrial Applications


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 Electronic Links International Inc. today introduces its new printed circuit board Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) connector and mating POF cable assembly for industrial applications, such as industrial vision, machine control, power system control, solar panel tracking control, and robotics.

Taking advantage of Firecomms’ Industrial Data Link (IDL) series Fiber Optic Transceivers (FOT), ELI’s new industrial connector systemincludes connectors with apositivelatching mechanism for a stable connection, and can deliver data at a rate of 200 Mbps, up to 50meters using a POF cable with a 0.3 NA.

Firecomms' IDL FOT is an RCLED-based 650 nm solution designed to provide fast data communication links over POF in industrialenvironments. This FOT is compatible with low voltage differential signaling for seamless integration into existing logic bus structures.

“Firecomms is pleased to have our IDL series FOTs embedded in an additional innovative connector system for industrial applications that require a ruggedized latching connector for demanding environments,” says Lawrence Thorne, Firecomms’ vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas.

 Details about the new printed circuit board connector and cable assembly can be found on the ELI website at electronic-links.com. Information about Firecomms' industrial FOTs and other products is available on the Firecomms website at firecomms.com.

Samples of the connector system will be on display at the POF Applications Center @ OFC/NFOEC 2011.





Electronic Links International Introduces POF Industrial Connector System



Electronic Links International, Inc. www.electronic-links.com is introducing a POF printed circuit board connector and a mating POF cable assembly intended to be used for industrial applications such as: industrial vision, machine control, power system control, solar panel tracking control and robotic. The connector has a positive latching mechanism for a stable connection. The system can deliver data up to 50 meters using a POF cable with a 0.3 NA. The data rate is the 200 Mbps.

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Electronic Links International SMI POF Components Comply with RoHS


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Electronic Links International, Inc. announces that the following plastic optical fiber (POF) components and cable assemblies are in compliance with the RoHS directive 2002/95/EC and its subsequent amendments. The optical raw cable used on the cable assemblies is the Eska cable supplied by Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.

Electronic Links International, Inc. develops standard and custom plastic optical fiber connectors, cable assemblies, and other devices. By actively participating in standard committees, and by working closely with providers of new technology, this US-based company is positioned to bring cutting-edge technology to the market quickly and efficiently. Additional information about Electronic Links International is available at www.electronic-links.com.

Click here to view ELII's RoHS Compliant SMI POF Components product images and specifications (PDF Link)





Electronic Links International is Now Directly Marketing Its Patented POF Components in Asia


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Electronic Links International, Inc. (ELII), www.electronic-links.com, with headquarters in the US, and Nitta, www.nitta.co.jp, with headquarters in Japan, have jointly agreed to cancel their existing mutual marketing agreement in which Nitta had the free, exclusive license to market ELII's patented plastic optical components in Asia. ELII is now directly marketing these components worldwide.

In addition, ELII has purchased from Nitta the necessary mold, dies, assembling tools, and electrical test equipment needed to produce these products. The amount of the transaction has not been disclosed. Mr. Francesco Liburdi, ELII's founder and president, stated, “This change should help to quickly respond to the market needs of the worldwide requests by presenting a centralized, single source for these products.”

ELII is in the process of adding additional sales channels for the Asian region. For a full listing of the plastic optical products offered by ELII, visit the company web site.





ZJF Acquires Firecomms with Large Investment in POF R&D


logoCork, Ireland--November 22, 2010--In the first ever technology acquisition of an Irish high-tech company by a Chinese corporation, the ZJF Group has acquired Cork-based Firecomms, a leading manufacturer of transceivers for consumer Plastic Optical Fiber (POF).

The deal guarantees €5 million investment in R&D, together with the expansion of Firecomms' engineering team from 18 to 30 people over the next 12 months. The deal also will facilitate the rapid expansion of Firecomms' operations in mainland China.

"For some time now, mainland China has been our largest market," said Firecomms CEO, Declan O'Mahoney. "As the ZJF Group is a major global player in this sector, today's announcement not only allows us to guarantee investment capital and job growth for the future, it also provides us with access to the world's largest marketplace for our technology."




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