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.

SAE Convergence 2010: MOST150 is Prepared for Driver Assist Applications


logoKarlsruhe (Germany) August 24, 2010 – At SAE Convergence on October 19 to 20, 2010, the MOST Cooperation (the organization, through which the leading automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) is standardized) will demonstrate that MOST Technology is ready for extended multimedia and information applications in the vehicle. MOST150 now meets the requirements not only for the traditional areas of entertainment and information, but also for the new domains of mobile connectivity, connected services, and driver assistance thus completing the five major fields of in-car use cases. During this leading automotive exhibition in Detroit (Michigan, United States), a MOST demonstrator will be showing that MOST supports star, daisy-chain, tree and other topologies as well as different physical layers: plastic optical fibers (POF), COAX based electrical physical layer and unshielded twisted pair (UTP) of copper wires.

Today's MOST offers the technology and the audio/video capability for next generation automotive infotainment features and devices such as Head Units, Rear Seat Entertainment, amplifiers, TV-tuners and video displays. In addition, it is ready for new features like Internet access devices, iPods, cameras, video processing units, and many more. At present, the latest MOST150 Technology is ready for implementation, with various car makers already working on first series projects.

MOST Technology is about to exceed the limits of infotainment. In current and future vehicles, driver assistance functions are starting to complete and extend the feature set of traditional infotainment systems. Along with information features such as navigation systems, traffic information, and function warnings, the number of vehicles with driver assistance features like camera systems, distance controls, or lane departure warnings will be rapidly increasing. With MOST150, automotive network technology is prepared to take this essential step beyond infotainment: Recent studies prove that MOST is able to support safety-critical applications. Further optimizations for extended fail-safe operation are being specified within MOST Cooperation. MOST is the network of choice for driver assistance systems.




POF 2010 Program, Manuscripts, and Kyoto Tour


logoThe program of POF2010 has been uploaded to http://pof2010.org/program.html

Camera-ready manuscript is due August 31 http://pof2010.org/manuscript.html Please read the guideline carefully and submit manuscript and copyright to info@pof2010.org

Information of Kyoto Technical Tour & Excursion is available http://pof2010.org/technicaltour.html Special offer for overseas participants! Please book online from your "My Page". (The trip to Kyoto is free except for the optional excursion.)

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us to info@pof2010.org We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Yokohama. Please inform if you intend to join Kyoto Technical Tour. We would be happy more than happy to support you for planning your trip.











International MOST® Conference Again Invites Automotive Professionals to Report on Latest and Future Technology Insights and Research Results


logoThe third MOST Forum has opened the Call for Speakers: The international MOST conference and exhibition will take place on April 5, 2011, concurrent with the MOST Cooperation's All Members Meeting. In Frankfurt, Germany, this one-day industry event on automotive infotainment technology will again present the latest and future technologies and applications based on MOST. "The focus of the recent MOST Forum was the OEM's perspective and discussion of the ongoing MOST150 development and production launch," said Dr. Christian Thiel, MOST Cooperation Administrator. "Latest research studies concentrated on two aspects: flexible means of connectivity to the MOST network and the readiness of MOST150 for new applications beyond pure infotainment, proving the technology's compliance to new connectivity interfaces and functionalities."

The Call for Speakers is open, and anyone interested is invited to submit a proposal for a paper by September 17, 2010. The MOST Forum 2011 will provide an ideal venue to share ideas and experiences, and to discuss the latest news on this de-facto automotive networking standard. The international conference and exhibition will bring together top professionals from the automotive electronics industry and academia to exchange information and results of their recent work on the leading infotainment networking technology. The broad international audience will again include researchers, designers, engineers, system developers, as well as purchasers and journalists, up to managers of the industries involved.





NYCE Networks Expands Vancouver Global Headquarters


logoVANCOUVER, BC – June 21, 2010 -- NYCE Networks, a leading provider of innovative Plastic Optical Fiber to Ethernet products, announced today the expansion of its headquarters in Vancouver, BC. A strong increase in demand for the company’s products necessitated a move to a new 7,000 square foot facility, which is more than double the size of the company’s previous office.

“Our customers have really embraced our product line of Plastic Optical Fiber networking solutions and we have experienced significant growth in the last year.” says Matt Rooyakkers, CEO & Co-Founder of NYCE Networks. “Our new Vancouver office provides us with far more space to house our growing team and will allow us to better serve the needs of our valued customers.”

The company’s new address is 103-8525 Baxter Place, Burnaby, BC Canada V5A4V7. NYCE’s main phone number remains the same at 604-473-9800 and fax number remains 604-473-9801. NYCE’s office is located in the heart of the Lake City Hub technology park. For directions or further information on NYCE’s new office, please contact NYCE at 604-473-9800.




AT&T Recognizes Firecomms Participation in Completed and Pending POF Proof of Concept Studies


logoAustin, TX - May 12, 2010 -- Firecomms is pleased to announce that AT&T has acknowledged the company’s participation in a successful proof of concept study of Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) as a connectivity option for its Uverse® IPTV service.

At the latest OFC Conference & Exposition, staff members of AT&T Network Operations presented results of a 2009 POF proof of concept study held in California’s bay area. Due to the on-site evaluations and favorable comments from both U-verse premise technicians and their supervisors, AT&T Network Operations will continue to pursue investigations of OptoLock®-based POF home networks as a viable option for the connectivity of Uverse services.

During a panel session at the recent Broadband Properties 2010 Summit, AT&T Area Manager Robert Michetich discussed the potential benefits of POF connectivity, including its reduction in installation time, immunity to noise, and use of future-proof technology.

A larger proof of concept study by AT&T, which includes a 350-unit MDU and potentially 50 single family homes, is pending. Like the first study, this project will include POF switches, passive wall plates, and media converters, as well as integrated set top boxes, all powered by Firecomms OptoLock technology.




COMOSS Releases POF Evaluation Board Series


logoCOMOSS Plastic Optical Fiber Evaluation Board Series allows the user to examine a data link over POF and to test the operation of the fiber optic transceivers. Each evaluation board carries the POF transceiver components in a through-hole of OPTOLOCKR connecter. The electrical input and output lines from the transceiver are brought out to SMA connectors. The input accepts an LVDS/CML or PECL data source such as a Bit Error Rate Tester (BERT), Pattern Generator, or other signal source. A full-duplex Step Index POF cable links the optical signal to the second board. The receive side of the transceiver generates LVDS/CMS - compatible differential output data signals. The boards are capable of full-duplex operation. In addition to the data input and output signals, the transmitter side also has a Rex input to control the optical power. For normal operation, this input may be tied to ground. The receiver side also provides a Signal Detect (SD) output. If not required, this output may be left open circuit.



Download Evaluation Board Series Data Sheet (PDF)




CEDIA EXPO 2010 Registration to Open June 1st


logoCEDIA EXPO is the #1 tradeshow in the residential electronic systems industry. Attending CEDIA EXPO gives you an advantage over the competition by providing the latest technologies, FREE training on the latest products, and the industry’s best education with CEDIA University courses. CEDIA EXPO gives you the best strategies to profit in home entertainment, environmental control, energy management, green technology, home health, security, and more.

CEDIA EXPO is your place to meet and connect with the industry’s best professionals. If you are a current professional in home entertainment, security, lighting control, environmental control, energy management, retrofit, home control, home health, home theater, audio systems, integration, or are someone looking to break into the residential electronic systems industry, you need to be at CEDIA EXPO.

For more information, please visit:http://www.cedia.net/expo/




Homefibre to Present "The Next Generation Optical Home Network" at ANGA Cable 2010


logoWith the slogan "The Next Generation Optical Home Network" Homefibre and its cooperation partner Rutenbeck will present the latest developments and concepts for optical In-House infrastructure at the Anga Cable 2010. A globally unique complete product portfolio with optical switches and wall mounted media converters will be exhibited.

With the increasing requirements of new digital services like HDTV, 3D-Gaming up-to 3D-TV the importance of a reliable, simple and flexible to install network infrastructure will be evident in the home environment. Visit us at the Booth L28 and assure yourself of the news and multiple benefits of an optical network infrastructure with POF (Polymer Optical Fiber).




POF Symposium @ OFC/NFOEC 2010 a Standing Room Only Success - Presentations Now Available


On March 25th, POFTO hosted the "POF Symposium @ NFOEC/OFC 2010" on the show floor. Over a dozen presentations were made over a three hour period on the latest development of POF and its applications. The audience filled up the main seating area and people were standing in the aisles.

Of special interest, was a presentation by AT&T on their experience in wiring four homes in the Northern California area. The objective was to learn how installers would react to POF and what was needed in the way of new equipment and interfaces to make this a viable option for AT&T installation of home wiring.

Copies of the presentations are available below (or click Read More) with your POFTO Member login. If you are not currently a member, you may register to the right to receive a special free login by email to download these presentations.
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High Spirit at Second MOST Forum



logoThe second MOST Forum took place on March 23rd, 2010, in Frankfurt, Germany. 150 professionals from the automotive electronics industry and academia participated in the very informative conference and visited the accompanying exhibition. The broad international audience was composed of attendees from Europe as well as India, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. "Besides the OEM's perspective and discussion of the ongoing MOST150 development and production launch, the message of the MOST Forum concentrated on two aspects: flexible means of connectivity to the MOST network and the readiness of MOST150 for new applications beyond pure infotainment," said Dr. Christian Thiel, MOST Cooperation Administrator. "The conference marks the kickoff for the MOST future in proving the technology's compliance to new connectivity interfaces and functionalities." Response was positive overall: the attendees very much appreciated the high quality of the conference. They were enthusiastic about the informative and interesting presentations and looked forward to future MOST events.

In the well attended exhibition area, various companies presented their innovative MOST solutions and applications. Amongst the exhibitors was the MOST Cooperation with a demonstrator showing that MOST supports star, daisy-chain, tree and other topologies as well as different physical layers. The carmakers Audi and BMW demonstrated the latest car models that just had been introduced to the market. Further exhibits were by Avago Technologies, Dension Audio Systems, GADV, GOEPEL electronic, Hamamatsu Photonics, ICT Software Engineering, K2L, Melexis, Ontorix, Ruetz System Solutions, SMSC, TOYODA GOSEI, and Vector Informatik. Industry partners SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineering) and ZVEI (Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) as well as the media partners Auto Electronics, Elektronik automotive, and ElektronikPraxis supported the MOST Forum and displayed their latest publications and work.

MOST Forum Retrospect

Conference presentations are available for download in one package (ZIP, 20 MB) >> or individually by clicking on the presentation title >>

PDF of MOST Special Edition including the conference proceedings is ready for download (PDF, 6.2 MB) >>

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