KD9351 from KDPOF awarded 2021 Product of the Year by Electronics Products Magazine

With the annual Product of the Year awards, now in its 46th year, Electronic Products Magazine recognizes outstanding products that represent any of the following qualities: a significant advancement in a technology or its application, an exceptionally innovative design, a substantial achievement in price/performance, improvements in design performance, and a potential for new product designs/opportunities. Electronic Products editors evaluated 150+ products across 10 categories. These are this year’s winners:

Analog Devices Inc. (Analog/Mixed-Signal ICs), Analog Devices Inc. (Digital ICs), Bourns (Passives), C&K (Electromechanical), Eggtronic (Power), Harwin (Interconnects), KDPOF (Optoelectronics), Liquid Instruments (Test & Measurement), Omnivision (Sensors), and u-blox (RF/Microwave).


Extract from the report on electronicsproducts.com:

KDPOF – Optoelectronics: KD9351 Fiber-Optic Transceiver

Paving the way for optical multi-gigabit Ethernet in the vehicle, a key benefit of KDPOF’s integrated KD9351 fiber-optic transceiver (FOT) is that it reduces the costs for optical in-vehicle networks at 1 Gbit/s. The optical transceiver for 100 Mbits/s up to 1 Gbits/s lowers the cost by incorporating the transmit and receive optoelectronics (including the transimpedance amplifier, photodiode, LED driver, and LED) in one device. Additional integration benefits are a shorter supply chain and no test duplication with the final test at Tier 1.

The KD9351 reuses low-cost MEMS encapsulation and allows SMD reflow assembly with 8 × 7-mm LGA components. It is fully shielded against electromagnetic radiation. Fiber connection is done with a simple plastic connector placed on top. EMC performance is said to be excellent even with the ECU shield case removed because the shielding is integrated into the PCB component.

The operating temperature ranges from –40˚C to 105˚C to meet harsh automotive environmental requirements. The FOT withstands motor conditions with a vibration class of V2. The device also withstands water without sealing. Applications for the KD9351 include safe Ethernet backbones and sensor links for advanced driver-assistance systems.

Interview of Alix Paultre, Electronic Design, with Kenny Yoon from KDPOF

Alix Paultre, editor of Electronic Design, has talked with Kenny Yoon, Business Development Manager for South Korea and India at KDPOF, about using optical networking to empower advanced automotive functionality. KDPOF provides innovative high-speed optical networking for harsh environments. Making gigabit communications over fiber optics a reality, KDPOF technology supplies 1-Gb/s plastic optical fiber (POF) links for automotive, industrial, and home networks.

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Integrated KD9351 FOT from KDPOF nominated for Product of the Year 2022 by Elektronik Journal

The German electronics journal “Elektronik” by WEKA Publishing has nominated KDPOF’s integrated KD9351 FOT for product of the year 2022. “We are proud to be one of the ten finalists in the automotive category,” stated Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. “With the KD9351 FOT, we significantly lower costs by constructing the transimpedance amplifier, photodiode, LED driver, and LED as one single device. We consequently provide efficient optical technology for safe backbone and ADAS sensor links in vehicles.” Read more

Funzin Integrates KDPOF ICs in New Devices “FAIP 3.0” and “Photon” for autonomous vehicles

At the recent CES 2022, Funzin and KDPOF have jointly presented their optical in-vehicle network solution for autonomous vehicles. Funzin, software development and edge AI solution company, have implemented KDPOF’s KD1053 PHY IC and integrated KD9351 FOT (fiber optic transceiver) in the new Funzin AIoT Platform “FAIP 3.0” and Edge AI Device “Photon” for automotive. Read more

EPIC New Product Event Featuring KDPOF’s Integrated KD9351 FOT

At the recent Members New Product Release Event by EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium), César Esteban has presented our integrated KD9351 FOT that reduces cost for gigabit connectivity, thus providing efficient optical technology for safe backbone and ADAS sensor links in vehicles.
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