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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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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Display of High-speed Data Communications at IEEE SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day

KDPOF has displayed their high-speed connectivity solutions for the communications in vehicle data networks at the IEEE SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Days from November 3 to 4, 2021 in Munich, Germany, and online. Optical connectivity perfectly solves the electrical challenges and interference in vehicles thanks to its low weight, low cost, and electromagnetic compatibility due to inherent galvanic isolation. Read more

KDPOF on RTVE: Automotive Chips Made in Spain

Report by RTVE: The Madrid-based company KDPOF, based in Tres Cantos, will put chips on the market in 2024. The shortage and the EU’s commitment to attract the technology industry, a business opportunity.

Spanish Company Willing to Manufacture Chips ‘Made in Spain’ in the Midst of Supply Crisis

There is a shortage of chips, that’s a fact. The causes of this supply crisis are diverse: distribution problems stemming from the pandemic, increased demand and even geostrategic issues. But experts agree that one of the most influential factors is the enormous technical complexity behind the manufacture of each chip. Read more

Multi-gigabit Networking Demands Complete Optical Communications System - WEKA Bordnetz-Kongress 2021

At the virtual Wire Harness Congress (Bordnetz-Kongress) by WEKA Publishing on September 22, 2021, KDPOF displayed the status of optical multi-gigabit connectivity in vehicles. In their presentation, Juergen Schachtschneider, Automotive Manager Central Europe & Greater China, and César Esteban, Applications & Support Manager, proposed a complete optical communications system, which is under development by KDPOF and their industry partners.
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Video: Moving High-speed Connectivity Forward

Connected cars are being equipped with increasingly sophisticated systems such as high performance computers, a growing number of ADAS sensors including hires cameras, radars, lidars, and HMIs such as 4K screens and head-up displays. Thus, data rates go up to 20 Gbps. In addition, highly electrified powertrains imply electromagnetic interferences. Watch our video and learn how optical connectivity solves these issues and moves high-speed connectivity forward.

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TV Report by RTVE: Spanish company KDPOF has created a new technology to transmit data at high speed over plastic optical fiber.

TV Report by RTVE: We visited the Digital Enterprise Show 2021, a very special edition that addresses digital and technological transformation. Spanish company KDPOF has created a new technology to transmit data at high speed over plastic optical fiber.
(The part with KDPOF starts at app. 4:15)

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Interview: Multi-gigabit Calls for Optical Connectivity in Vehicles

Carlos Pardo speaks to Sanjay Gangal of edacafe.com. Key questions have been: What are the key challenges for connectivity in electric vehicles? How can the cost issue be met? With autonomous driving ahead, the bandwidth required will speed up beyond one gigabit. How will the upcoming automotive network be able to meet speed and cost requirements?

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Connection and Traffic Testing with the KDPOF Automotive Evaluation Kit
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The video demonstrates the connection and traffic test for the KD1053 evaluation boards included in the automotive evaluation kit.  Connecting gigabit Ethernet over fiber optics, the automotive kit supports OEMs and Tier1 suppliers in technology evaluations. The kit is self-contained and includes all the necessary components to establish 100 and 1000 Mbps links over Plastic Optical Fibers (POF). The boards are versatile, auto-grade for SFP-POF. They are optimized for lab measurements in extreme operating temperatures, radiation, and voltage supply corners.

The automotive evaluation kit contains:

  • 2 SFP-POF media converter boards
  • 15 meters/4 in-line connectors POF harness or 40 meters/0 in-line connectors POF harness
  • 1000BASE-T SFP modules/UTP & SFP twinax cables
  • USB2ALL POF link
Wire Harness Congress: EMC, Weight Reduction, and Multi-Gigabit Call for Optical Harness
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At the virtual WEKA Bordnetz-Kongress 2020 (Wire Harness Congress) on September 22, 2020, KDPOF displayed insights and update on Optical Multi-Gigabit Connectivity. Juergen Schachtschneider, Automotive Manager Central Europe & Greater China, and César Esteban, Applications & Support Manager, presented how automotive networks profit from optical technology. Electric and autonomous driving architectures are substantially pushing the challenges for wiring systems. Issues include electromagnetic interference (EMI), electromagnetic susceptibility (EMS), and weight reduction. On top, automotive applications, utilization, and safety requirements are boosting the necessary network speed tremendously. The new 48-volt electrical architecture in cars additionally pushes the envelope in terms of cross-domain isolation requirements. Copper links for communication rates above 100 Mb/s need heavy and expensive solutions to comply with the stringent OEM’s EMC specs, resulting in high cost and very difficult engineering. Moreover, the weight of the ever-growing diameter of the required cables plays against the race for range increase of electrical powertrains.

Optical network technology overcomes these trends thanks to its inherent galvanic isolation, robustness, low cost, and low weight. Carmakers will benefit from optical links for communications between the 48-volt and the 12-volt domains. For weight, the optical network will save more than 30 percent of the equivalent copper-based harness weight. Optical Ethernet provides 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s network solutions today, and multi-gigabit Ethernet is the significant upcoming breakthrough for in-vehicle networks. The standardization effort for optical multi-gigabit is already in progress within the IEEE as an amendment to the Ethernet standard 802.3.