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.

ACON OptoLock® Products Pass Firecomms Interoperability Tests


logoCork, Ireland — November 23, 2009 — Firecomms is pleased to announce the successful completion of interoperability testing with OptoLock® products from its licensee Advanced Connectek Inc. (ACON) of Taiwan.

"As a result of this testing, Firecomms is very happy to recommend ACON as a trusted supplier of our OptoLock products,” says Niall Keegan, Firecomms general manager, Asia Pacific. “Network equipment developers now can approve and source OptoLock from multiple suppliers, broadening the base of supply for this increasingly popular product."

OptoLock, a widely deployed plugless interface for Plastic Optical Fiber (POF), enables a simple to use Fiber Optic link in consumer applications. Ideal for 100 Mb Ethernet applications with stringent quality of service requirements such as IPTV gateways, Set-Top Boxes, Residential Gateways and ONTs (Optical Networking Terminals), OptoLock significantly quickens and simplifies the connection of devices in communications and infotainment networks. The innovative design of OptoLock enables the fiber to be cut and terminated to the exact required length on site, allowing even the most novice consumer to quickly and easily terminate bare optical fiber.

"As a supplier of OptoLock products, ACON is happy to broaden its product category and is looking forward to taking part in the exciting world of POF," says Aaron Tung, Optical Communication Business Unit, ACON.

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 significant growth in a wide range of applications. Created for consumer, industrial, and automotive applications in which plastic fiber can be used more easily and at lower cost than copper or glass fiber, POF is now used in millions of small area networks, such as those in use in many car models, and is rapidly gaining ground in home network and pointto- point interconnection. According to market research by Information Gatekeepers, the POF market is estimated to be worth over $1 billion per year by the end of 2009.




Firecomms OptoLock® Technology Employed in Sanawa Supply POF Kit


logoCork, Ireland — November 19, 2009 — Firecomms is very pleased to announce that its Fiber Optic Transceiver technology, known as OptoLock®, has been employed by Sanwa Supply in the release of a new Plastic Optical Fiber kit for the Japanese market. A major supplier of computer peripherals and network equipment in Japan, Sanwa Supply will offer the new POF kit in PC and network retail shops throughout Japan, and at its on-line shop at www.sanwa.co.jp.

"Firecomm's OptoLock technology, which is employed in this kit from Sanwa Supply, enables users to quickly, simply and reliably connect their broadband devices within the home and office environments,” says Niall Keegan, Firecomms general manager, Asia Pacific. “This POF kit will let consumers enjoy the benefits of optical fiber straight out of the box."

OptoLock, a widely deployed plugless interface for Plastic Optical Fiber (POF), enables a simple to use Fiber Optic link in consumer applications. Ideal for 100 Mb Ethernet applications with stringent quality of service requirements such as IPTV gateways, Set-Top Boxes, Residential Gateways and ONTs (Optical Networking Terminals), OptoLock significantly quickens and simplifies the connection of devices in communications and infotainment networks. The innovative design of OptoLock enables the fiber to be cut and terminated to the exact required length on site, allowing even the most novice consumer to quickly and easily terminate bare optical fiber.

"Sanwa Supply is very pleased to offer this new POF kit to our customers in Japan," says Hiroyuki Hayashi, Sanwa Supply’s general manager of R&D. "With the increase in home and office devices requiring reliable, easy to connect, high-speed networks which are both immune to noise and aesthetically pleasing, we believe this kit will be a popular item among our customer base. For customers who require high-quality video distribution in their networks, POF is the ideal choice."

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 significant growth in a wide range of applications. Created for consumer, industrial, and automotive applications in which plastic fiber can be used more easily and at lower cost than copper or glass fiber, POF is now used in millions of small area networks, such as those in use in many car models, and is rapidly gaining ground in home network and pointto- point interconnection. According to market research by Information Gatekeepers, the POF market is estimated to be worth over $1 billion per year by the end of 2009.




Webinar Archive: "Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibre: Introducing a New Technology"

11/12/2009

Dr. Alexander Argyros

CEO
Kiriama Pty Ltd

Dr. Alexander Argyros completed his PhDin physics at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2006, for which he received the Australian Institute of Physics Bragg Medal. He was appointed a Research Fellow at the Optical Fibre Technology Centre until 2009, and then moved to a Senior Research Fellow position at the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science and the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. In 2009 he also became CEO of the newly-founded Kiriama Pty Ltd, a company aiming to commercialise microstructured polymer optical fibres. The focus of his research has been microstructured optical fibres and photonic bandgap fibres, and he has made significant contributions to the development of microstructured polymer optical fibres and hollow-core optical fibres. He has conducted both theoretical work to understand the operation of these fibres, and experimental work on demonstrating their operation and investigating various commercial applications. He has authored or co-authored 40 journal publications.

Webinar Description:

Microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOF) are a 'new' type of polymer optical fibre based on photonic crystal fibre or microstructured fibre technology. Rather than using two polymers to define core and cladding, mPOF use an array of holes running the length of the fibre to control the light. This allows for optical properties that exceed what is possible otherwise.

Some specific examples will be covered in Dr. Argyros' presentation:

  1. Single mode POF, operating in the visible, and combined with gratings for strain sensing. Up to 25% strain has been demonstrated.

  2. Mutli-mode POF with a non-constant bandwidth-length product. The bandwidth of the fibres stops decreasing beyond a certain length and 20 Gbits/s for 40 - 70 m have been demonstrated
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  3. Hollow-core mPOF. Light is guided in an air core rather than the polymer itself, and hence material absorption is greatly reduced in the infra red. The talk will also review the fabrication methods and applications of these fibres.

Download this IGI e-Telecom Briefing here.




Technology Review: Process of Wrapping Solar Cells Around Optical Fiber for Double Boost is a Potential Application for POF


logoKatherine Bourzac of MIT's Technology Review writes in the latest issue of a process of wrapping solar cells around an optical fiber by which the dye-sensitized cells get a double boost from nanowires and optical fiber which could present a siginificant opportnity for POF. As Bourzac writes:

Dye-sensitized solar cells are flexible and cheap to make, but they tend to be inefficient at converting light into electricity. One way to boost the performance of any solar cell is to increase the surface area available to incoming light. So a group of researchers at Georgia Tech has made dye-sensitized solar cells with a much higher effective surface area by wrapping the cells around optical fibers. These fiber solar cells are six times more efficient than a zinc oxide solar cell with the same surface area, and if they can be built using cheap polymer fibers, they shouldn't be significantly more expensive to make.

The entire aticle can be found on the Technology Review website here:
Wrapping Solar Cells around an Optical Fiber




The Latest MOST® Technology is Ready for Implementation with Suppliers Supporting MOST150 Realization


logoThe MOST Cooperation - the organization through which the leading automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) is standardized - proudly announces that the newest Specification Rev. 3.0 is on its way to production. Various car makers have already started with first series projects implementing this latest MOST Technology. MOST150 enables the use of a higher bandwidth of 150 Mbps, an isochronous transport mechanism to support extensive video applications, and an embedded Ethernet channel for efficient transport of IP-based packet data. It succeeds in providing significant speed enhancements and breakthroughs while keeping costs down. The new Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC) architecture complies with Specification Rev. 3.0 and expands the audio/video capability for next generation automotive infotainment devices such as Head Units, Rear Seat Entertainment, Amplifiers, TV-Tuners and Video Displays.

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


logoThe MOST Cooperation gladly reports the fast-growing acceptance of MOST Technology worldwide. Since the first MOST car model in 2001, 80 vehicle models have implemented the MOST infotainment backbone. Besides Europe, MOST Technology is gaining widespread popularity in Asia's automotive market. Its latest vehicle models are the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Lexus HS250h. Representing the practical application of infotainment technology in hybrid vehicles, MOST multimedia networks feature in the Toyota Crown Hybrid, Prius, and in the hybrid version of the new Lexus RX SUV and Lexus HS250h. In addition, the use of MOST Technology in the Toyota Prius shows that the multimedia network has also made inroads into the mass-produced models of the mid-range sector. The new premium sector Hyundai Equus also relies on MOST for data transmission within its all-round driver information system. The vehicles presented so far along with the Hyundai Genesis, Kia Mohave, Lexus IS, SsangYong Chairman, and the Toyota models Alphard, Crown, Estima, Mark X ZiO, and Vellfire, add up to a grand total of 14 models manufactured by Asian automakers with MOST built in.

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.




18th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers a Success Despite World Economic Situation

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.

These included:

  1. POF Workshops held Monday and Tuesday on "POF Modelling" and "Microstructured POF," attended by 30 participants.
  2. Student paper contest and award in honor of Prof. Pak Chu, who has made numerous contributions to the growth of POF technology.
  3. A POF Art contest
  4. A post-deadline session, which proved to be one of the highlights of the conference.

 

Attendance at the conference topped 120 from 19 countries:

  • - Australia: 34     
  • - Japan: 13
  • - Spain: 9
  • - Germany: 8
  • - Korea: 6
  • - U.S.: 6
  • - Others: 4

The attendees were from industry, universities, and research organizations:

  • - Universities: 71
  • - Companies: 39
  • - Other: 10

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.




Several Partner Companies Showcase Firecomms OptoLock® in Home Networking Exhibits


logoCork, Ireland — September 15, 2009 — Firecomms Ltd., a leading developer of high speed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) transceivers and Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), today announces that several partner companies will showcase its OptoLock® Plastic Optical Fiber transceiver on their exhibits at technology shows in Europe and North America in September.

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:

Molex Interconnect GmbH Hall Y, Stand #462 Full range of SMI-based POF connectors and media converters
SENKO Advanced Components Hall Z, Stand #664 Complete POF home network, including switching, cabling, and wall sockets
Katron Technologies Inc. Hall X, Stand #286 Innovative multiport switches
Jiangxi Daihing POF Ltd. Hall X, Stand #212 Broad range of converters, switches, and POF cables
Optokon Ltd. Hall X, Stand #340 Novel OptoLock-based test equipment

 

ECOC will be held in Vienna, Austria on September 21 through 24. Additional information about ECOC is available at www.ecocexhibition.com.




Firecomms OptoLock® Featured at POF 2009


logoCork, Ireland — September 9, 2009 — Firecomms Ltd., a leading developer of high speed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) transceivers and Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), today announces that its OptoLock® Plastic Optical Fiber transceiver will be featured at The 18th International Conference on POF Fibers in Sydney, Australia on September 9-11.

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.




Comprehensive Article on POF-ALL Running in August 2009 Issue of IEEE Communications Magazine


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The August 2009 issue of IEEE Communications magazine contains a 10-page article on the POF-ALL Project entitled:

"Plastic Optical Fiber Technology for Reliable Home Networking: Overview and Results of the EU Project POF-ALL"

The article is availabe on pgs 58-67 of the print magazine and is also available, to IEEE Communications subscribers, as a PDF here.

Below is the abstract from the article:

The rising performance of broadband connections for residential users, particularly in conjunction with fiber to the home, will present a new challenge for telecom operators in the short and medium terms: how to deliver the high bit rate digital signals with high quality-of-service to all consumer devices scattered inside the building of final users? Among the many different solutions for the home network, we review in this article the use of polymer optical fibers for short-reach and high-capacity optical communications for residential customer premises. POF is an easy-to-install, low-cost, and eye-safe solution for these networks, with the potential of being future-proof. In this article the state of the art in POF technology is presented by summarizing significant results achieved in the European project POF-ALL. Data transmission rates of more than 1 Gb/s over 50+ m and 100 Mb/s over 200+ m of standard step-index POF have been shown.




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