IEEE forms new Working Group for Gigabit POF Ethernet standardization

Plastic Optical Fiber will be part of the Ethernet set of medias delivering true Gigabit speeds


ATLANTA, Jan. 15, 2015  — IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced the formation of a new working group under the IEEE 802.3 team. The new working group will be drafting a standard that is intended to support Gigabit transmission over Plastic Optical Fiber in key markets like automotive, Professional and Home Networking.

The proposed IEEE 802.3bv new working group  “Gigabit Ethernet over Plastic Optical Fiber” is intended to specify operation over at least 15 meters of POF in automotive environments and 50 meters for Professional and Home networking applications. It will support full duplex operation with a data rate of 1000 Mb/s at the MAC/PLS service interface. The bit error ratio will be better than or equal to 10-12 at the same service interface. Finally, optional Energy-Efficient Ethernet specification will be delivered too.

The group is actively seeking participants for the development of these standards. For more information on the IEEE 802.3bv working group, please visit this page

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