Demo: Test Setup on ECU Compliance for ISO 21111-5 Standard

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. 

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.

Battery Management System with Optical Connectivity Ready for Production

Optical connections with POF are ideal for galvanic isolation in battery management systems
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.” … Read more →

KDPOF Drives Efforts for a Scalable Network Technology to Enable High Data Rates of 25 Gbps and beyond

KDPOF drives efforts for a new optical multi-gigabit automotive standard with scalable network technology (Copyright: metamorworks/iStock/Getty Images)
KDPOF drives efforts for a new optical multi-gigabit automotive standard with scalable network technology (Copyright: metamorworks/iStock/Getty Images)
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.” … Read more →

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.

KDPOF Presented Optical Link Concept for Telematics Control Module at Nikkei Automotive Ethernet Tech Days

KDPOF Presented Optical Link Concept for Telematics Control Module at Nikkei Automotive Ethernet Tech Days
KDPOF Presented Optical Link Concept for Telematics Control Module at Nikkei Automotive Ethernet Tech Days

KDPOF generated great interest for presenting their optical link concept with Gigabit Ethernet over POF for telematics control modules at the Nikkei Tech Days on June 5 and 6, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. In partnership with ALPS, KDPOF has developed a concept for an LTE-A telematics control module that uses Gigabit Ethernet over POF to connect to the central communications hub such as a head unit. Since POF provides inherently high Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), the links do not interfere with the smart antenna receivers. With the necessary speed going beyond 100 Mbps, a 1 Gbps Ethernet link is required. Moreover, substituting the current RF link with an Ethernet data link will not only aggregate LTE-A packets but other sources such as digital radio as well.

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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 brand-new video and learn how optical connectivity solves these issues and moves high-speed connectivity forward.

New Standard for In-Vehicle Optical Multi-Gigabit Communications

In-vehicle optical multi-gigabit communications requires new automotive standard (Image: Fotolia/Chombosan)
In-vehicle optical multi-gigabit communications requires new automotive standard (Image: Fotolia/Chombosan)
Currently, the automotive industry is seeking technologies to enable 10 Gbps communications. This derives from the growing need of data interchange between sensors and electronic control units in the car. Infotainment, ADAS and growing levels of autonomy are the key trends that explain the exponential growth of data rates: 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps and to 10 Gbps. Some OEMs are even talking about 25 and 50 Gbps for the upcoming years. … Read more →

Value-Added Technology and Distribution Agreement for China

KDPOF has signed value-added technology and distribution agreement for China (Image: gettyimage)
KDPOF has signed value-added technology and distribution agreement for China (Image: gettyimage)
KDPOF will partner with ZLGMCU, a leading microcontroller and embedded solutions provider in China, through a value-added technology and distribution agreement. The Chinese partner will provide market access in the Greater China region to KDPOF. This strategic agreement will open the huge electrified powertrain market in Greater China to the optical communications technology. Chinese OEMs and Tier1s are in need of a technology that is able to withstand the electrical noise generated in the electrical converters and motors.

Central Europe: Jürgen Schachtschneider and Markus Dittmann Join KDPOF

Central Europe: Jürgen Schachtschneider and Markus Dittmann Have Joined KDPOF Team
Jürgen Schachtschneider focusses on Automotive Business Development for Central Europe and Greater China

In order to improve our services and provide a short line of communication in Central Europe, Jürgen Schachtschneider and Markus Dittmann have recently joined the KDPOF team. Jürgen Schachtschneider focusses on Automotive Business Development for Central Europe and Greater China. He is an expert in the automotive electronics industry who has held the position as Vice President of NXP and has been responsible for the Global Automotive Business of Nexperia.

Markus Dittmann has joined KDPOF as Fiber Optics Connectivity R&D engineer.
Markus Dittmann supports KDPOF as Fiber Optics Connectivity R&D engineer (Image: Markus Dittmann)

 

 

 

Markus Dittmann supports KDPOF as Fiber Optics Connectivity R&D engineer. He has previously been R&D Product Development Engineer/Project Coordinator with TE Connectivity and Harman/Becker. As a technical project manager, he is responsible for effective cooperation with suppliers and partners in development projects in which connection solutions play an important role in the overall system. In addition to his responsibility for development activities with manufacturers of optical connectors for automotive Ethernet cable sets, Markus Dittmann is also involved in management, design, production testing and standardization activities.