Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet on the Verge of Standardization and Implementation (part 1)
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Carlos Pardo, KDPOF CEO, speaking about Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet on the Verge of Standardization and Implementation at the Automotive Ethernet Congress in February 2020 in Munich, Germany. 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.

Home Network: Point-to-point Link with POF Media Converters
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Installing POF will help to improve the Internet connectivity in the home. A POF link can cover up to 50 m, giving 1 Gb/s performance. The installation does not require high level skills and can be done with simple tools. POF cable is typically installed through the existing conduits in the house, so it’s easy to reach any room and keep the cable hidden.

This video shows how to connect and check a daisy-chain (DC) POF installation by using commercial equipment. Key points are the simplicity and quickness of the cut and connect. The daisy chain POF outlet consists of two RJ45 copper ports and two optical POF ports. It allows installations in DC topology, which can cover multiple rooms.

List of materials used in the video:

  • 2x POF media converters + PSUs
  • 1x POF daisy chain outlet + PSU
  • POF cable
  • 2x laptop
  • 1x STB
  • 3x UTP cable
  • KDPOF monitoring tool
Video: Point-to-point Link with POF Media Converters
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Installing POF will help to improve the Internet connectivity in the home. A POF link can cover up to 50 m, giving 1 Gb/s performance. The installation does not require high-level skills and can be done with simple tools. POF cable is typically installed through the existing conduits in the house, so it’s easy to reach any room and keep the cable hidden.

This video shows how to connect and check a point-to-point (P2P) POF link by using commercial media converters. Key points are the simplicity and quickness of the cut and connect. The media converter consists of one RJ45 copper port and one optical POF port. It allows the implementation of a P2P link which can cover, for example:

  • Improve wireless connectivity of the furthest room: [Router] <-> POF <-> [WiFi Access Point]
  • Move the router to the optimum place: [ONT] <-> POF <-> [Router]

List of materials used in the video:

  • 2x POF media converters + PSUs
  • POF cable
  • POF cutter
  • 2x laptops
  • 2x UTP cable
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.

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. 

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.

Automotive Wire Harness Conference: Future-ready Optical Network
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At the recent 7th International Conference Automotive Wire Harness in Ludwigsburg, Germany, KDPOF presented the automotive Gigabit Ethernet POF (GEPOF) for future wire harness architectures. “For KDPOF, this conference has been one of our most productive events,” stated Óscar Ciordia, Marketing Director of KDPOF. “We’ve had a number of excellent meetings with great interest expressed by automotive suppliers and carmakers who wanted to learn about POF technology, benefits, and applications. Several interesting projects and potential partnerships await us.”

Foto credits: matthias-baumgartner.de

Demo showing robustness of Automotive Gigabit Ethernet over POF
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Demo showing robustness of automotive gigabit over POF

At the recent Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich, Germany, KDPOF presented the innovative Automotive Gigabit Ethernet Plastic Optical Fiber (GEPOF). “We are delighted by the great interested we received for our POF technology that secures new 48-volt electrical architectures via the inherent galvanic isolation,” stated Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. Optical connections with POF provide the optimal network to achieve galvanic isolation, providing 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps Ethernet compatible solutions with enough margin to withstand the harsh automotive environment. Applications such as Battery Management Systems (BMS) and Integrated Smart Antenna (ISA) modules profit from the inherent Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) of POF.

Video: with a POF backbone inside the home with Wi-Fi access points, KDPOF provides maximum performance for both wireless and wired connectivity throughout the house.

With a Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) backbone inside the home with Wi-Fi access points, KDPOF provides end users maximum performance for both wireless and wired connectivity throughout the house.

Video: with a POF backbone inside the home with Wi-Fi access points, KDPOF provides maximum performance for both wireless and wired connectivity throughout the house.

Although ISPs and Telecom have increased access speeds, customer satisfaction rates drop if home networks cannot keep up. This is particularly worrisome because Quality of Experience has become a very important differentiator for broadband service providers. Customers expect to experience the speeds they are paying for. With a Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) backbone inside the home with Wi-Fi access points, KDPOF provides end users maximum performance for both wireless and wired connectivity throughout the house. POF reuses any existing conduits in the home making these cables invisible to customers.

Sara Martin-Sanz Albendea, Project Manager with Telefónica and responsible for the project known within Telefónica as ‘Plastic Optical Fiber in the House’: “KDPOF offers a great solution for improving customer satisfaction. Quality of Experience is a key success factor for Telefónica.” Read more

Video: KDPOF Speeds up Home Networking with POF Backbone

Video: KDPOF Speeds up Home Networking with POF Backbone

Video: KDPOF Speeds up Home Networking with POF Backbone

While ISPs and Telecom operators are offering higher and higher access speeds, users at home are connecting more and more devices locally to the internet, mostly over Wi-Fi. Applications like online gaming and video streaming are pushing the requirements of the home network today and will increase tomorrow with new applications such as Virtual Reality. Solutions for home connectivity are needed to maintain wireless performance all around the home. Please watch how Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) as connection backbone supporting multiple Wi-Fi mesh nodes maximizes performance up to 100 percent of the access speed. The POF backbone is an in-wall cabling solution that in conjunction with individual Wi-Fi nodes marries the benefits of both Wi-Fi and POF: mobility of wireless, reliability of wires, and no wires seen of POF and Wi-Fi.

Please watch the video how KDPOF speeds up home networking.