Relevant use cases from different carmakers in Europe and the USA incorporate the comprehensive features and benefits of optical network technology. These include the interconnectivity of telematics control modules with the optical links, providing reliable reception and increased dynamic range of detected signals. Redundant and safe backbones for autonomous driving guarantee ASIL-D safety architecture with optical and copper in parallel. Further applications are ADAS interconnections with cameras, lidar, and radar sensors. For battery management systems, optical connectivity delivers galvanic isolation among voltage domains.

Read on in the Whitepaper “Off-the-shelf System Solution – Optical Multi-Gigabit Connectivity in Vehicles

KDPOF demos first 50 Gb/s Single Lane Automotive-grade Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet (Copyright: Getty Images)
KDPOF demos first 50 Gb/s Single Lane Automotive-grade Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet
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KDPOF will proudly display the world’s first demonstration of an automotive-grade optical transmission system with 50 gigabits per second single lane at the Automotive Ethernet Congress from February 12 to 13, 2020 in Munich, Germany. In his presentation, “Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet – on the Verge of Standardization and Implementation,” on February 13 at 14:30, Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF, will show details on the process for the 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. “With technological leaps such as electrical vehicles, automated driving, and V2X interconnection rushing through, automotive applications, utilization, and safety requirements are boosting the necessary network speed tremendously,” explained Carlos Pardo. “Consequently, in-vehicle networks are on the brink of speeds from one to multiple gigabits per second.”

IEEE 802.3 Automotive Optical Multi-Gigabit Standard

With the approval of the IEEE 802.3 working group, a team of individuals affiliated with more than 15 key carmakers and components suppliers, including KDPOF, has started 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) kicked off last summer. The first prototypes are 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 going up to 25 or 50 Gb/s.

Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet – on the Verge of Standardization and Implementation

The key advantages of the optical solution for specific applications using multi-gigabit speeds with in-vehicle connectivity are, among others, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) thanks to the inherent galvanic isolation, low weight, and low cost. Relevant use cases from different carmakers in Europe and the USA incorporate the comprehensive features and benefits of the optical network technology. Use cases include the interconnectivity of telematics control modules, redundant and safe backbones for autonomous driving architectures, and advanced driver assist system (ADAS) sensors. 

Key leading optoelectronic, connector, and wire harness vendors worldwide are prepared and already provide a well-supplied and competitive market with all the new components needed for multi-gigabit in the car: Physical Layer (PHY), Fiber Optic Transceiver (FOT), fibers, connectors, and light sources. The technology will be scalable in order to enable even higher data rates such as 50 and 100 Gb/s 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. 

Demonstration
Automotive Ethernet Congress on February 12 to 13, 2020 in Munich, Germany 

Presentation 
“Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet – on the Verge of Standardization and Implementation” on February 13 at 14:30 by Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF, at Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich, Germany.

Further information 
White Paper “Off-the-shelf System Solution: Optical Multi-Gigabit Connectivity in Vehicles

KDPOF Presented Low Cost, Low Weight, and EMC Robustness of Gigabit Ethernet POF at Embedded Expo China
KDPOF Presented Low Cost, Low Weight, and EMC Robustness of Gigabit Ethernet POF at Embedded Expo China

At the Embedded Expo China in Shenzhen, China, KDPOF was overwhelmed by the great interest in their display of the benefits of gigabit data transmission over Plastic Optical Fiber. POF is the ideal solution for camera surround view systems providing low weight, EMC robustness and consequently low price. Between 4 and 8 cameras are connected to the system via Ethernet with more than 1 Gb/s bandwidth required to ensure image quality and low latency. KDPOF’s KD1053 transceiver provides high connectivity with a flexible digital host interface, low latency, low jitter, and low linking time.

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.

Broadband World Forum: KDPOF Presented Guaranteed Wi-Fi Mesh up to 1 Gbps

At the recent Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, KDPOF generated great interest for their presenting how the POF backbone complements Wi-Fi Mesh for guaranteed gigabit performance. For customers that demand assured performance, POF is the preferred option. POF cables are practically invisible since installers can reuse any existing conduits or install in a very unnoticeable way in the home. Plastic Optical Fiber is cost-efficient, robust, and much easier and quicker to install than Cat 6 cables. Service Providers worldwide will benefit from being able to deliver guaranteed 1 Gigabit connectivity into homes by combining the POF backbone with Wi-Fi Mesh. Ramón Garcia, Business Development Manager with KDPOF, discussed in his presentation ”Gbps: Do Customers Care?” how to satisfy Gbps customers and thereby increase the number of subscribers willing to pay for qualified bandwidth instead of sole connectivity.

KDPOF robust, low latency POF backbone provides guaranteed Gigabit Wi-Fi mesh
KDPOF robust, low latency POF backbone provides guaranteed Gigabit Wi-Fi mesh
KDPOF robust, low latency POF backbone provides guaranteed Gigabit Wi-Fi mesh

KDPOF proudly announces that Comtrend has implemented their Gigabit Ethernet POF (GEPOF) technology in order to provide guaranteed connectivity within home networks. “Comtrend have preferred our POF optical transceiver KD1001 for their new device since more and more Service Providers require a way to secure robust connectivity with very low latency, reduced jitter, fast download speeds, and flawless connectivity for video,” stated Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. Comtrend’s new product provides two POF and two Ethernet ports in order to allow daisy chain topologies. “Service Providers worldwide will benefit from being able to deliver guaranteed 1 Gigabit connectivity into homes by combining the POF backbone with Wi-Fi Mesh.” 

Plastic Optical Fiber Backbone Complements Wi-Fi Mesh for Guaranteed Gigabit Performance

For customers that demand assured performance, POF is the preferred option. POF cables are practically invisible since installers can reuse any existing conduits or install in a very unnoticeable way in the home. Plastic Optical Fiber is cost-efficient, robust, and much easier and quicker to install than Cat 6 cables. 

KDPOF will present their in-home robust optical backbone connectivity at stand B40 at the Broadband World Forum on October 15 to 17, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In his presentation ”Gbps: Do Customers Care?” on October 16, 2019 at 10:05, Ramón Garcia, Business Development Manager with KDPOF, will discuss how to satisfy Gbps customers and thereby increase the number of subscribers willing to pay for qualified bandwidth instead of sole connectivity. 

About Comtrend
Founded in 1990, Comtrend Corporation has established itself as one of the leading suppliers of Broadband Networking equipment in the world. An ISO-9001/14001 certified company, Comtrend designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of advanced networking equipment integrating ADSL, ADSL2+, Bonded ADSL2+, VDSL2, VoIP, Residential Wi-Fi, Auto Configuration Systems, GPON ONT, and High-Speed PLC technology. The company’s greatest triumph has been its ability to attract, retain, and develop talented professionals from all around the world. Comtrend is committed to a vision of bringing people together through technology and continues to realize this vision through a focus on innovation and superior service. For more information, including Comtrend’s full lineup of Broadband Networking solutions, please visit www.comtrend.com

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.