Optical Automotive Networks
POF cables are the most reliable solution: they can withstand harsh environments, vibrations, misalignments, dirtiness, humidity, wide temperature range, etc. In addition, POF allows fast dynamic bending, tight static bending, and immersion in liquid. Additionally, optical Ethernet generates very low noise and can operate in noisy environments, such as in RF electronic boards. As a plastic fiber with a large diameter, POF is more cost-effective to manufacture and install: installation is just easy plug and play; winding and clamping is similar to copper cables. Moreover, during the car assembly, the optical harness can be installed in the same process as the copper harness. POF has been present in vehicles for more than 10 years and is installed in millions of cars. With the first automotive Gigabit Ethernet POF (GEPOF) transceiver KD1053, Spanish Startup KDPOF provides high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time. The transceiver complies with the standard amendment IEEE Std 802.3bv and thus fully meets the requirements of carmakers.
About the author: Óscar Ciordia is Marketing Director of KDPOF