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.

MOST150 Broadens In-car Multimedia to Forward High-definition Audio and Video into Vehicles


logoKarlsruhe (Germany) March 23, 2010 - The MOST Cooperation is pleased about the milestones the latest MOST Technology has accomplished: MOST150 now offers the technology and full audio/video capability for next generation automotive infotainment features and devices such as Head Units, Rear Seat Entertainment, amplifiers, TV-tuners and video displays. Based on the technology specification by the organization, through which the leading automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) is standardized, MOST150 solutions are being tailored to the five major fields of in-car use cases: entertainment, information, mobile connectivity, connected services, and driver assistance. Entertainment applications, in particular, have taken a major technology step in data transmission for high-definition audio and video, Blu-ray, gaming, MPEG audio streams, etc.




Firecomms Licenses OptoLock to Suttle for New POF Wall Plate


logoAustin, TX - March 12, 2010 - Austin, TX--March 17, 2010--Firecomms, a leading developer of high-speed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) transceivers, announces that it has licensed its OptoLock® interconnect system to Suttle, a leading supplier of communication connectivity products for the telecom and datacom industries worldwide. OptoLock, an easy-to-use, low-cost housing for instant termination of bare Plastic Optical Fiber (POF), provides plugless terminations that allow for simpler, quicker connections of communications and infotainment network devices.

"Suttle is excited to offer the first commercially available POF to POF passive OptoLock wall plate adapter system, which we've added to our SpeedStar(TM) line of modular connectivity," says Bill Heuer, senior product manager. "Firecomms has pioneered the development of POF as a low-cost alternative for copper cabling in home networking, which we look forward to support."

"With the rapid adoption of OptoLock by an increasing number of equipment providers, we are pleased to license our technology to Suttle, a well established telecom vendor that has been supplying communication equipment to companies worldwide since 1910," says Lawrence Thorne, Firecomms' vice president of sales and marketing, the Americas. "Suttle, like all suppliers of OptoLock products, will manufacture its product based on a common mechanical specification for the fiber interface."

Suttle's new SpeedStar OptoLock wall plate adapter system will be available in Q2 2010.

Due to its ease of use, large core tolerances, and low costs, POF is enjoying substantial growth in home network and point-to-point interconnection. The annual worldwide POF market is estimated to be worth over $2.5 billion in 2011, according to market research by Information Gatekeepers.




COMOSS Announces Series Gigabit POF products for POF Network Solution


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Taipei Taiwan, March 18 2010 - Series of POF GIGA bit Ethernet product launched by COMOSS in 2010. Giga POF Ethernet PCI card, Giga POF to Ethernet Media Converter and Giga POF switch hub. Compliant to New ETSI technical specification, COMOSS now can provide POF Ethernet products up to data rate 1000Mbps. For FTTX & FITH (Fiber in the home) triple play application, COMOSS could provide total solution for POF optical network. We can offer customer not only fast Ethernet POF solution but also GIGA bit POF network solution. All the POF products will be exhibit @ OFC/NFOEC 2010 located at Booth 1151, March 23-25, 2010, at the San Diego Convention Center. Please contact our sales eden@comoss.com or visit our website http://www.comoss.com/news.htm for more information. Welcome for anyone who interested in representative.





Top 5 Reasons to Meet Firecomms/Mitsubishi Rayon at IPTV World Forum


logoAt the heart of five amazing announcements over the past 12 months is Plastic Optical Fiber technology from Mitsubishi Rayon, and Firecomms' groundbreaking OptoLock optical transceiver.

To discover why these operators, box builders, and professional organizations have embraced POF for home networking applications, book a meeting with Firecomms/Mitsubishi Rayon (meeting room #13) at the IPTV World Forum at the Olympia London on 23-25 March.

An amazing array of OptoLock-enabled products will be on display at the show, so book early to guarantee a time slot to discuss your requirements and to find a solution that fits your needs.

Top 5 Reasons to Meet Firecomms/Mitsubishi Rayon at IPTV World Forum

  1. Orange (France Telecom) deploys POF for FTTH home networking. Reports 98% customer satisfaction ratings.

  2. Swisscom deploys POF in its IPTV home network offering. Preferred option by installers due to considerable improvements in install times.

  3. Motorola and Cisco offer POF port option on next generation IPTV set top boxes.

  4. Portugal Telecom trial POF across its national installer base for IPTV home networking. Reports 25% saving in install times.

ETSI releases specifications for POF-based home networks and POF kit shortlisted as best CPE solution by Society of Broadband Professionals.

Simply go to our Meeting Room Appointment Calendar to find a time slot that suits you. (Just enter your company name and contact details.) Alternatively drop us a line with your requested time and we'll slot it in for you.

Look forward to seeing you at the show!

The Firecomms/Mitsubishi Marketing Team




Electronic Links International Introduces POF Switch and North American Multimedia Wall Socket


logoBinghamton, NY – March 5, 2010 - Electronic Links International, Inc. today announces the introduction of a preliminary release of an optical switch, an optical wall plate, and supporting hybrid cable. The system supports three networks per outlet, (triple play switch has three Gbit interfaces with direct connection to the glass fiber via one SFP MSA port, two 1000 base-T RJ45 ports, and eight plug less POF ports. Each POF port can deliver TV / Video on Demand, Internet, and telephony from the multimedia wall connection from the switch to the client connection can be done via 10/100/1000 Base T Cat 5 cable or for FTTH, the client connection can be done via 1000Base-SX Mini-GBIC module.

Both the POF Switch and North American Multimedia Wall Socket will be on display at the POF Applications Center @ OFC/NFOEC 2010 located at Booth 1151, March 23-25, 2010, at the San Diego Convention Center.




OFC POF Symposium Talks Highlight Successful Deployment of Firecomms Technology


logoAustin, TX - March 12, 2010 - Firecomms, a leading developer of high-speed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) transceivers, is pleased to announce that successful IPTV deployments of its POF technology will be the focus of its presentation at the OFC/NFOEC POF Symposium on March 25. In his talk, scheduled for 10:50 am, Firecomms CTO and Co-Founder John Lambkin will present case studies highlighting the successful use of POF in home networks by telecom operators. Applications for POF home networking also will be the topic of talks by other speakers (beginning at 10 am), including Josef Faller of Homefiber who will discuss optical home networks for IPTV and multimedia applications.

"Firecomms has serviced network operator requirements by working closely with the vendor community to develop a broad variety of POF-based networking solutions," says Firecomms' vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas, Lawrence Thorne. "As a result there is an increasing interest in the deployment of POF networking solutions by operators worldwide who have recognized the merits of POF to guarantee network reliability, reduce subscriber installation costs, and maximize ARPU (average revenue per user)."

The POF Symposium will be held on March 25 at OFC/NFOEC 2010, booth 1151. The agenda for the POF Symposium is available at http://symposium.pofto.org.

Firecomms will demonstrate OptoLock on its exhibit on the POF Pavilion, booth 1151. OptoLock also will be featured in several products on display at the POF Pavilion, including devices from SMC/Nyce Technology, and on the Senko Advanced Components booth, number 1435.

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 substantial growth in home network and point-to-point interconnection. The annual worldwide POF market is estimated to be worth over $2.5 billion in 2011, according to market research by Information Gatekeepers.




Call for Papers Announced for the 2nd Annual Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and their Applications (WSOF 2010)


logoThe 2nd Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and their Applications (WSOF 2010) will be held in Oaxaca City, México, from October 13 to 15, 2010. WSOF 2010 is a technical workshop and exhibit intended to report on the latest advances and innovations in specialty optical fibers, its applications and associated devices; and serve as a discussion forum by bringing together researchers, academics, manufacturers and students working in the field. The event aims at covering the most up?to?date and diverse fiber types, including microstructured and photonic crystal fibers, non?silica fibers, as well as new directions in fiber devices and sensors. For this edition of the WSOF, we will have a special session on “Specialty Fibers for High Power Fiber Lasers”.


The workshop is jointly organized by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Center for Optics Research (CIO). It is co?sponsored by SPIE and OSA. Oaxaca is a beautiful colonial city that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located within one of the most culturally rich states in Mexico. The city is full of colorful colonial houses and cobblestone streets, and offers a vast array of exciting food, cultural and touristic attractions—such as the famous archeological pyramid ruins of Monte Albán and Mitla, as well as many indigenous villages known for their arts and crafts.

Come join us in Oaxaca and share your latest specialty fiber work with your colleagues!

For more information or to submit a paper, please visit: http://www.cio.mx/WSOF2010/index.html




Electronic Links International Announces USB POF Adapter


logoBinghamton, NY – March 1, 2010 - Electronic Links International, Inc. today announces the introduction of two USB POF ADAPTERS. They are typically used for providing high speed POF for computers with USB ports. They are simple plug-and-play fast Ethernet connection. The USB connector on the adapters can be type A or B, and the POF side of the adapter can have the SMI connector or a plug less connector. They are offered in two colors: white for receiving the 1.5 mm cable, and black for receiving the 2.2 mm cable. The optical port has a data rate of 100 Mbps with a transmission length of 50m. The product is FCC and CE certified.





Electronic Links International Announces Plug-and-Play PCI POF Network Adapter


logoBinghamton, NY – March 1, 2010 - Electronic Links International, Inc. today announces the introduction of a plug-and-play POF network adapter. The adapter provides high speed POF for desktop computers with PCI slots. The optical port has a transmission length of 100 meter with a data rate of 100 Mbps. They are offered with an SMI connector or a plug less connector. The POF cable used is 1.5 mm or 2.2 mm and the adapter is available with or without the bracket. The product is FCC and CE certified.





ETSI TS 105 175-1 Standard Accepted for Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Plastic Optical Fibre System Specifications for 100 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s


logoThe ETSI TS 105 175-1 Standard for Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (ATTM); Plastic Optical Fibre System Specifications for 100 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s has now been accepted.

The present document specifies the POF cabling system 100 Mbit/s and 1 Gbit/s for interoperability among different suppliers. The system comprises the active optical elements, the cables, connectors and wall plugs. A future step could be to achieve integration of POF interfaces into end user equipment.

The full standard is available here for download and review. A short excerpt from the introduction is below:

Polymer Optical Fibres (POF) based on Poly-Methyl-Metha-Acrilate (PMMA) with step-index 1mm core diameter (referred to in the rest of the present document as POF) have gained interest in the recent years for their interesting properties compared to the better known glass optical fibres (GOF). The main advantages of POF when compared to GOF are:

  1. POF large core diameter (1mm) allows do-it-yourself installation and termination with common cutter and electrician-like low cost tools; besides PMMA material is a very inexpensive material.
  2. POF high diameter and numerical aperture makes bending loss sensitivity much lower than silica fibre (GOF).
  3. POF mechanical resilience and elasticity makes it possible to step on it and even tie it. Dust and water harm POF to a much smaller extent than GO
  4. The optical sources for POF are in the visible range, and the optical launch is usually non-collimated.



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