KDPOF and Funzin Sign Partnership Agreement
Funzin President Kim Jung-Hoon (left) and Yoon Kwang-Jin, Korea’s representative for KDPOF, after signing the partnership agreement
Funzin President Kim Jung-Hoon (left) and Yoon Kwang-Jin, Korea’s representative for KDPOF, after signing the partnership agreement

KDPOF has signed a partnership agreement with the South Korean software development company Funzin. The goal is to work jointly on high-speed gigabit network products using Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) for automotive electronics and home networks. We will develop network applications for cars, in-home delivery for high-speed Internet, and Internet TV (IPTV).

Funzin supplies 5G frequency verification solutions to major domestic carriers. Founded in 2006, the company also provides a big data solution that combines ADAS for smart cars and machine learning. In 2019, Funzin introduced a fusion solution with driver face recognition and drowsiness detection. “As the volume of data in automobiles increases, the application of POF-based network technology will expand,” stated Kim Jung-Hoon, Vice President of Funzin.

KDPOF offers optical communication technology based on Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) instead of copper wire or glass fiber. It solves the electromagnetic issue with copper cables and overcomes the disadvantages of inflexible glass fiber optics. POF-based converters offer high reliability and ultra-fast data transfer capability. In addition, it improves fuel economy for vehicles. Major components such as cables, converters, and connectors making up a POF network are cheaper and more flexible than conventional optical communication facilities. As a result, POF is evaluated as next-generation network technology with excellent value for investment cost and verification cost. 

Autonomous driving and driver assistance system (ADAS) features have been adopted as main preferences in vehicles, with the automotive network evolving to Ethernet. This is to connect various sensors and central control devices efficiently. In line with this trend, demand for electronic cables is expected to surge.

In addition to automotive applications, home networks also rely on the optical network backbone. It can be connected to IPTV set-top boxes and Wi-Fi APs. As the demand for high-speed Internet grows, its scope of use continues to increase. 

Embedded Expo China: KDPOF Will Present Low Cost, Low Weight, and EMC Robustness of Gigabit Ethernet POF
Embedded Expo China: KDPOF Will Present Low Cost, Low Weight, and EMC Robustness of Gigabit Ethernet POF

At the Embedded Expo China from December 19 to 21, 2019 in Shenzhen, China, KDPOF will display the benefits of 1 Gigabit data transmission over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) at stand 1E12. POF inherently provides galvanic isolation and simplifies Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). In addition, applications profit from the low weight and low cost of optical connectivity, which is essential in the automotive industry. KDPOF’s Gigabit Ethernet over POF (GEPOF) transceiver KD1053 provides high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time.

Camera Surround View

In a vehicle with a camera surround view system, the driver is able to have a 360-degree view around the vehicle. Between four and eight cameras are connected to the system via Ethernet with more than one Gigabit per second bandwidth required to ensure image quality and low latency. POF (GEPOF) is the ideal solution providing low weight, EMC robustness and consequently low price.

We look forward to meeting you in Shenzhen. To set up a meeting, please contact Juergen Schachtschneider

Demo: Wake-up and Sleep Functionality of KD1053 for Automotive
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Luis Manuel Torres from KDPOF is demonstrating the wake-up and sleep functionality of the KD1053 automotive GEPOF (Gigabit Ethernet Plastic Optical Fiber) transceiver. He is showing ISO 21111-2 and ISO 21111-3 wake-up and synchronized link sleep protocol implementation.

KDPOF demoed galvanic isolation of Gigabit Ethernet POF at ELIV VDI Congress
KDPOF demoed galvanic isolation of Gigabit Ethernet POF at ELIV VDI Congress

KDPOF’s presenting their optical Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with high electromagnetic compatibility at the recent International ELIV (ELectronics In Vehicles) VDI Congress in Bonn, Germany, received great interest. In battery management systems, galvanic isolation is necessary between primary and secondary systems. Due to its inherent galvanic isolation, POF perfectly solves the electrical and interference challenges of new powertrain architectures for electric and autonomous driving. KDPOF is proud that the first application of a Battery Management System (BMS) based on optical connectivity will soon go into production. By the end of 2019, the first carmaker will start assembly of a battery management system with POF connectivity.

Demo: Test Setup on ECU Compliance for ISO 21111-5 Standard
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In this video, KDPOF displays the test setup used by the test houses to validate the compliance of ECUs with regards to the ISO 21111-5 standard. Luis Manuel Torres from KDPOF shows how KDPOF in partnership with Granite River Labs (Test house), Aukua (Ethernet test and monitoring solutions), and Keysight Technologies (Test equipment and solutions) has implemented the ISO 21111-5 standard. The setup uses five Gigabit Ethernet Plastic Optical Fiber (GEPOF) ports. This demo will also be shown at the Granite River Labs stand C12 at the upcoming IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day on September 24 to 25, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. 

ELIV VDI Congress: KDPOF Demos Galvanic Isolation of Gigabit Ethernet POF
ELIV VDI Congress: KDPOF Demos Galvanic Isolation of Gigabit Ethernet POF

On October 16 to 17 at stand 38 at the International ELIV (ELectronics In Vehicles) VDI Congress in Bonn, Germany, KDPOF will present their optical Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity with high electromagnetic compatibility. Due to its inherent galvanic isolation, POF perfectly solves the electrical and interference challenges of new powertrain architectures for electric and autonomous driving. In battery management systems, galvanic isolation is necessary between primary and secondary systems. KDPOF recently announced that the first application of a Battery Management System (BMS) based on optical connectivity will soon go into production. By the end of 2019, the first carmaker will start assembly of a battery management system with POF connectivity.

We look forward to meeting you in Bonn. To set up a meeting, please contact Juergen Schachtschneider.

KDPOF Presents Gigabit Ethernet POF at IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day
KDPOF Presents Gigabit Ethernet POF at IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day

KDPOF will present their optical Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity with high electromagnetic compatibility at stand A18 at the upcoming IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day on September 24 to 25, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Due to its inherent galvanic isolation, POF perfectly solves the electrical and interference challenges of new powertrain architectures for electric and autonomous driving. In battery management systems, galvanic isolation is necessary between primary and secondary systems due to hazardous high voltages and noise isolation. Further applications that rely on the inherent Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) of POF are Integrated Smart Antenna (ISA) modules. For ISA, KDPOF and ALPS have developed a concept for an LTE-A telematics control module with POF links to the central communications hub in order to avoid interference with the smart antenna receivers. KDPOF’s GEPOF transceiver KD1053 provides high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time. 

We look forward to meeting you in Detroit. To set up a meeting, please contact Óscar Ciordia.

Optical connections with POF are ideal for galvanic isolation in battery management systems

KDPOF proudly announces that the first application of a Battery Management System (BMS) based on optical connectivity will soon go into production. “We are delighted that by the end of 2019, the first carmaker will start assembly of a battery management system with POF connectivity,” stated Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. “Due to its inherent galvanic isolation, POF perfectly solves the electrical and interference challenges of new powertrain architectures for electric and autonomous driving.” In battery management systems, galvanic isolation is necessary between primary and secondary systems due to hazardous high voltages and noise isolation. Further applications that rely on the inherent Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) of POF are Integrated Smart Antenna (ISA) modules. For ISA, KDPOF and ALPS have developed a concept for an LTE-A telematics control module with POF links to the central communications hub in order to avoid interference with the smart antenna receivers. KDPOF’s GEPOF transceiver KD1053 provides high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time.

KDPOF will present their optical Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity with high electromagnetic compatibility at IEEE-SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day on September 24-25, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and ELIV (ELectronics In Vehicles) International VDI Congress on October 16-17, 2019 in Bonn, Germany.

As part of a team of automotive companies, Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF – leading supplier for gigabit transceivers over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) – is driving a new standard for multi-gigabit in automotive. It will enhance the existing 10GBASE-SR, which is the current standard by IEEE, to establish a communications channel in optical fiber at 10 Gb/s. “Infotainment, ADAS and growing levels of autonomy are the key trends for the exponential growth of data rates: 100 Mbps to 1 Gb/s, 2.5 Gb/s, 5 Gb/s and 10 Gb/s, with some OEMs even targeting 25 and 50 Gb/s for the upcoming years,” explained Carlos Pardo. “An existing standard such as 10GBASE-SR would ideally work for automotive applications. Unfortunately, it does not meet stringent automotive requirements.” 

Multi-Gigabit Communications Demand New Automotive Standard

The team of individuals affiliated with more than 15 key carmakers, such as PSA, Toyota, and Volvo; Tier1s; and components suppliers, including KDPOF, is specifying the needs and technologies to support a new multi-gigabit standard. The group led a Call for Interest (CFI) with the approval of the IEEE to start the standardization of an IEEE 802.3 Automotive Optical Multi-Gigabit Standard with strong support from the industry. The working group headed by Carlos Pardo (KDPOF) will kick off in the summer of 2019, with the first prototypes to be projected by the end of 2021. The study group will evaluate the creation of an IEEE Ethernet standard for the automotive industry, with speeds starting at 2.5 Gb/s and up to 50 Gb/s.

Targeting IEEE 802.3 Automotive Optical Multi-Gigabit Standard

The current IEEE standard 10GBASE-SR was originally created to meet the demands of data centers where temperature, operational life, price, reliability and mechanical robustness are very controlled and modest. With the harsh automotive environment, in addition to power consumption and especially cost being key in automotive applications, only a new communications scheme can provide enhanced robustness and adapt itself automatically to varying environmental conditions and manufacturing processes. Moreover, the technology should be scalable in order to enable even higher data rates such as 25, 50, and 100 Gbps in the future. By combining optimization in all areas of the new standard, the right balance of complexity and cost among all parts (CMOS IC, VCSEL, PD, ferrules, sleeves, cable, in-line connection technology, optics, and lenses, etc.) can be achieved in order to deliver the lowest cost, most reliable, and highly scalable solution to the automotive market.

Proof-of-Concept of an Automotive Optical Surround View System
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Proof-of-Concept of an Automotive Optical Surround View System

César Esteban, Application and Support Manager of KDPOF, is demonstrating a Proof-of-Concept of an automotive optical surround view system: the four cameras on top of a demo car are transmitting video data at 100 Megabits per second to their corresponding media converters. The media converters are converting from copper to optical: one, two, three, and four, one for each camera. The blinking green LED on the media converter indicates that the data traffic is running through. The orange LED shows that the optical link is at 100 Mbps. The traffic is sent to this optical GEPOF (Gigabit Ethernet Plastic Optical Fiber) switch, which has five ports. The four left ports are in orange because these are from the cameras with 100 Mbps each. The green LED on the right is the GEPOF link with 1 Gigabit per second. It is linked to this fifth media converter that is aggregating the traffic of the four cameras. The four video sequences are transmitted to a PC, which functions as display unit. The four streams are displayed simultaneously. The hosted hub consists of the GEPOF switch and five media converters.