Information Gatekeepers Inc. has two new plastic optical fiber related publications available for order:
POF Handbook - Optical Short Range Transmission Systems is the second edition of the widely popular POF Polymer Optical Fibres for Data Communications. The updated version has grown by 50% to 914 pages and includes 1070 color illustrations. It should be a standard reference for anyone working in the POF business and for those thinking of using POF.
Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibrese by Maryanne Large and colleagues at the Optical Fibre Technology Centre at the University of Sydney is the first authoritative book on the subject. Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres describes the optical properties of microstructured fibres and how they are made and modelled, and outlines some potential applications. These applications include areas where polymer fibres are already used, such as high-data transmission for Fibre-to-the-Home or within cars, as well as completely new areas such as the photonic bandgap transmission of “difficult” wavelengths. Emphasizing a conceptual understanding of the underlying physics, Microstructured Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres is clearly written and includes numerous illustrations. It provides an excellent overview of the latest developments in the field, making them accessible to industry, technical, and research audiences.
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End-to-end Ethernet over Plastic Optical Fibre is now available for industrial, office and home networks around the globe.
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Austin, TexasNovember 19, 2007 - Firecomms Ltd., a leading developed of high speed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) transceivers and Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), today announces that it has signed U.S. representative agreements with Sylvester Sales Associates of New Jersey for the New York Metro area and WaveLink Associates of Florida for the Southeast. Both firms in their respective regions will market and sell Firecomms’ full range of plastic fiber optic transceiver (POF) products which are rapidly being adopted by developers of equipment for the consumer electronics, industrial and automotive networks worldwide.
Taipei, Taiwan?November 13, 2007?Firecomms today at the Quarterly Meeting of the 1394 Trade Association unveiled a reference design for the first integrated media converters capable of driving 1394 S800 signals using visible red light over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) home networks. Supporting data rates of up to one Gbps, the media converters enable applications such as the transfer of S800 video over 1394.
Karlsruhe (Germany) October 2007 - The MOST Cooperation, the organization through which the leading automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) is standardized, presents Digital Transmission Content Protection on MOST. MOST Cooperation has optimized the MOST network for high quality video streaming - MOST150 enables direct isochronous transport of e.g., MPEG video streams without bit-stuffing or transcoding. The MOST standard supports approved content protection schemes and therefore enables digital transmission of DVD Audio, DVD Video, HD-DVD and Blu-ray content.
Digital Transmission Content Protection
With the integration of DVD Audio and DVD Video into digital networks, the requirement for content protection comes into place. DVD content on a digital network must be DTCP (Digital Transmission Content Protection) protected. MOST was the first network to be fully approved by the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) to carry DTCP protected content. This was made possible by adapting DTCP to the MOST standard. By doing so, also HD-DVD and Blu-ray content on MOST is supported since AACS (Advanced Access Content System) licensing allows digital outputs which are protected using DTCP.
DTCP requires source and sink devices to authenticate each other. In addition, there is a need to encrypt multimedia streaming data before sending it over a digital network. A sink device therefore has to be able to decrypt protected digital content. DTCP on MOST also supports point-to-multipoint connections.
Isochronous Transport and DTCP on MOST150
With MOST150, the integration of DVD applications into vehicles is no longer an issue - even when streaming the full-quality equivalent bandwidth. In addition to much higher bandwidth MOST150 offers an isochronous channel to support streams which are not synchronized to the MOST frame rate - bit-stuffing or transcoding are no longer necessary. Like with MOST25 and MOST50, application developers can take advantage of secure pipes for transferring sensitive content. DTCP solutions for MOST are available in hardware as well as in software from various suppliers.
MOST Cooperation Introduces the Next Generation Infotainment Backbone
Karlsruhe (Germany) October 2007 - The MOST Cooperation, the organization through which the leading automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) is standardized, presents MOST150 offering a bandwidth of 150 Mbps. In addition to higher bandwidth, MOST150 features an isochronous transport mechanism to support extensive video applications, as well as an Ethernet channel for efficient transport of IP-based packet data.
With MOST audio and video signals can be transported with high bandwidth efficiency and without any overhead for addressing collision detection/recovery or broadcast. This way MOST150 offers capacity that packet-switched networks can only achieve with much higher gross bandwidth. Consequently multiple high-definition (HD) video streams and multi-channel surround sound with premium quality of service can be transmitted, while simultaneously moving high loads of packet data around.
MOST150 - The Multi-Channel Network
Like MOST25 and MOST50, MOST150 offers the well known channels for synchronous, packet and control data - but in addition it offers also two new channels: an Ethernet channel and an isochronous channel. The Ethernet channel can transport unmodified Ethernet frames. This permits software stacks and applications from the consumer and IT domain, where the speed of innovation is much faster, to be seamlessly migrated into the car. TCP/IP stacks or protocols utilizing TCP/IP can communicate via MOST150 without any modification. This way MOST150 is the automotive-ready physical layer for Ethernet in the car. In addition MOST150 offers an isochronous channel to support streams which are not synchronized to the MOST frame rate. A typical use-case is the transport of MPEG streams over a MOST network since MPEG streams generally use variable bit-rate. This new MOST feature enables extensive video applications.
MOST150 also adds significant enhancements to the control channel (which is used for real-time control of devices) by doubling the bandwidth in comparison to MOST25.
MOST150 allows carmakers to continue to use POF and LEDs as light sources. They can continue to use their established optical wire harness and assembly processes which makes the transition to higher bandwidth networking with MOST150 a smooth evolution.
Karlsruhe (Germany) 2nd October 2007 - The Steering Committee of MOST Cooperation, the cooperative established to promote the infotainment network standard known as Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST(r)), and whose membership consists of Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Harman/Becker and SMSC (Nasdaq: SMSC), has announced today that it welcomes and embraces the decision by Harman/Becker Automotive Systems and SMSC to open the details of their proprietary Data Link Layer for new and current generations of the MOST multimedia network.
In a press release on October 1st, SMSC and Harman/Becker announced their intention to make their detailed Data Link Layer technology for existing and future generations of MOST available via a royalty bearing license in a step-wise process linked to market growth. They also announced that a detailed Data Link Layer specification for the first generation, MOST25, has already been made available and can be requested on SMSC's website by members of the MOST Cooperation. A license agreement to the related patents of both companies can be requested via the same webpage. For the full press release, please see http://www.smsc.com/whatsnew/prcorp/linklayerpr.html.
The car maker members of the Steering Committee, Audi, BMW and DaimlerChrysler, endorse the opening of the MOST Data Link Layer. This opening step gives all members of the MOST Cooperation the opportunity to design interoperable MOST chips and will push a further adoption of MOST. On the other hand, they honor innovation. This is why they also endorse Harman/Becker and SMSC's plan to license their proprietary data link layer on commercially reasonable terms. This model is similar to what CAN has done for many years and is still doing.
"We believe that MOST is an exceptionally useful technology to Audi and should be propagated widely throughout the auto industry," said Dr. Willibert Schleuter, head of electronics at Audi. "We are in favour of any steps that will make complementary technologies more widely available as we see this as essential in helping to spread the adoption of MOST. Therefore Audi welcomes Harman/Becker's and SMSC's decision to license their Data Link Layer intellectual property to other semiconductor manufacturers. Due to this opening step the semiconductor industry has the chance to design optimized products enabling more competition."
Mitsubishi International Corporation and Firecomms to Demonstrate Optical Fiber Home Network at CEDIA Expo 07
Electronic Links International, Inc. today announces the introduction of two optical Ethernet Media Converters. These are based on using the already established SMI (Small Media Interface) standard and technology. These converters are capable of converting and delivering Ethernet data from copper over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF). The speed of the data transfer can be up to 125 Mbps over 100 meters of Plastic Optical cable. They are suitable for IPTV over POF. The POF is the PMMA type. The interface is based on the legacy RJ45 copper port, and the converters are compatible with IEEE 802.3u standard.
For a preview of the two products please, visit us at the POFTO booth at the 16th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers in Turin, Italy, September 10/12, 2007 www.pofconference2007.com and at the ECOC07 show in Berlin, Germany, September 16/20, 2007 www.ecocexhibition.com.
MOST Cooperation Presents Success Story at 13th International Conference "Electronics in Vehicles" in Baden-Baden
MOST Technology has now been implemented in over 45 vehicle models various carmakers. It continues its expansion with the first Asian vehicle models expected soon. Acceptance has been very fast, with many manufacturers implementing the technology throughout their product lines within two or three vehicle design cycles.
"The Congress is an ideal venue to present to the automotive public the latest designs and developments of the MOST Cooperation and its members", states Dr. Wolfgang Bott, Technical Coordinator of the MOST Cooperation. "We will have live demonstrations of MOST networks running at 50 Mbps over Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) wires and the new MOST 150 speed grade running at 150 Mbps over optical fiber. The Cooperation is hard at work to bring out the next generation MOST Specification that will enable applications such as multiple HD video streams, real-time video, DTCP content protection, and the transparent transport of Ethernet data traffic. Other highlights include an established compliance test process that enhances robustness and quality as it ensures devices adhere to the MOST specifications, and optimizations in the network management and fault diagnosis functions. The demonstrations will be held in booth 25a and in room 2 and will highlight the success of our efforts to reduce cost and increasing quality by concentrating on compliance processes while in parallel advancing the technology to meet the need of tomorrow's infotainment systems."
CEA Vision Article on MOST: Plug, Play and Drive Away
CEA's Vision July/August magazine publication ( available as a free NXTBook here ) includes an article on MOST by Murray Slovick entitled "Plug, Play and Drive Away" that may be of interest to those folowing the technology and what it means for POF.
More Details Announced for POF Day and POF Symposium at ECOC 2007
POF Day @ ECOC will review recent developments in POF Technology and applications by European and U.S. organizations and will be held on the ECOC exhibit floor on September 17th. POF Day @ ECOC is jointly organized by POF-AC of the University of Nuremberg , the Information Technology Society Sub Committee 5.4.1, Polymer Optical Fibers and the Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO).
The POF Day @ ECOC on Sept. 17th will include experts, including the following confirmed presentations:
The scientific program of ECOC will also includes a POF Symposium on Sept. 18th presenting invited talks of worldwide POF experts. More information can be found on the ECOC POF Symposium page.
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POFTO & POF-AC Organizing POF Symposium at ECOC 2007
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POFTO Member Press releases from OFC/NFOEC
Here's a run-down of the latest news from POFTO Member companies exhibiting at the OFC/NFOEC POFTO Paviliion:
The objective of this free one day symposium, to be held on Thursday, March 29th during the OFC/NFOEC '07 Conference at OSP/FTS Booth 3666 is to show what Plastic Optical Fiber is and what it can do. It is intended for those not familiar with POF technology and recent applications. Exhibits of POF products will be on display at the POFTO Pavilion during the exhibit.
An updated schedule follows:
Fast Ethernet SMI Connector Passes the Laser (LED) Product Classification IEC/EN 60825-1 (2001)
Binghamton, NY - February 5, 2007 - Electronic Links International, Inc. today announces their SMI (Small Media Interface) connector system that enables an IEEE 802.3u Fast Ethernet communication link over plastic optical fiber (POF) for high-speed home, office, and industrial networks has passed and is certified to be conforming to the requirements of IEC/EN 60825-1 (2001) under all operating, maintenance and foreseeable fault conditions and found to meet the accessible radiation limits (AELs) required for CLASS 1 LEAD PRODUCT.
Binghamton, NY - January 8, 2007 - Electronic Links International, Inc. today announces the introduction of an SMI (Small Media Interface) adapter. This adapter is in addition to the SMI cable assemblies and sockets connectors already introduced. The adapter is intended to be used in communication links over plastic optical fiber (POF) for high-speed home, office, and industrial networks and other applications. Specifically used for pass thru walls, junction boxes, and panel mount. The adapter makes it possible to connect more optical cable assemblies.
New Adapter for Converting Coax Signals to 1394 Signals from Electronic Links Int'l
Binghamton , NY- December 21, 2006 - Electronic Links International, Inc. today announced the introduction of an adapter capable of converting the existing coax signal to an IEEE 1394 signal. This early product is available for field trials now and production is scheduled for the middle of 2007.