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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.
Technology Review: Process of Wrapping Solar Cells Around Optical Fiber for Double Boost is a Potential Application for POF
The Latest MOST® Technology is Ready for Implementation with Suppliers Supporting MOST150 Realization
With the first car makers committing to the MOST150 network in selected vehicles from 2011 on, the suppliers of MOST devices, tools, and software solutions are focusing on optimizing their MOST150 product portfolio to ease the implementation in future car models. Key targets are cost efficiency and low power consumption while meeting MOST compliance requirements. MOST solutions and tools are already available to enable successful infotainment implementations at the OEM and supplier level. The built-in signal routing and enhanced power management features are important building blocks for successful MOST system design.
MOST® Technology Successfully Adopted by Asian Carmakers - 80 Car Models Worldwide Now Have MOST Inside
Whereas MOST25 Technology - based on optical data transmission using optical fibers and under development for many years in Europe - has established itself in the Korean market, the Japanese market in particular prefers MOST50, the second generation of the multimedia standard. The most significant new feature of MOST50 is that it allows electrical implementations instead of using plastic optical fiber (POF). It enables data transmission over an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) of copper wires while meeting stringent automotive electromagnetic compatibility requirements.
The 18th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers (POF 2009) held in Sydney, Australia, Sept 7-11, 2009, continued the tradition of new POF technical developments and high-quality presentations. The organizers — Maryanne Large, Leon Poladian, and Alex Argyros of the University of Sydney — did a superb job of organizing a first-class program despite the state of the world economy. In addition, they added a number of new innovations that hopefully will become fixtures in future POF conferences.
- POF Workshops held Monday and Tuesday on "POF Modelling" and "Microstructured POF," attended by 30 participants.
- Student paper contest and award in honor of Prof. Pak Chu, who has made numerous contributions to the growth of POF technology.
- A POF Art contest
- A post-deadline session, which proved to be one of the highlights of the conference.
Attendance at the conference topped 120 from 19 countries:
The attendees were from industry, universities, and research organizations:
Abang Annuar Ehsan from the Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics, Malaysia (left) with speaker, Dr. Paul Polishuk of IGI Group and POFTO.
Social events included a boat trip around beautiful Darling Harbour and conference dinner at the WatersEdge, just under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Highlights of the technical program follow below.
At Europe's largest optical communication conference and exhibition, ECOC (European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication), OptoLock will be featured on several exhibits, including:
ECOC will be held in Vienna, Austria on September 21 through 24. Additional information about ECOC is available at www.ecocexhibition.com.
The 18th International Conference on POF Fibers, which emphasizes the latest developments in research and innovation, brings together academic researchers from every major research lab worldwide with interest in POF technology and its application. Australia-based DiMoto, a leading developer of Ethernet over Plastic Optical Fiber networking solutions, will feature its OptoLock-based products on a booth at the prestigious conference.
Says Niall Keegan, Firecomms' general manager, Asia Pacific, "Of particular interest at the conference, Angelantonio Gnazzo of Telecom Italia Laboratories and Michael Stevens of DiMoto will give talks about about the latest developments in POF home networks for FTTH installations and in networking products utilizing Firecomms' innovative OptoLock POF transceivers." Additional information about this conference is available at pof2009.mtci.com.au.
"Plastic Optical Fiber Technology for Reliable Home Networking: Overview and Results of the EU Project POF-ALL"
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
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