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Job opening at KDPOF: Graduate Test Engineer

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At KDPOF, company dedicated to the R&D and commercialization of high-speed optical communications chips, we are looking for a Graduate Test Engineer. We welcome a self-driven, and motivated Graduate Engineer to join our group to help the team test and develop the next generation of transceivers for optical communications in the automotive sector.

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Job Opening at KDPOF: Automotive Business Development Manager

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Fabless semiconductor supplier KDPOF provides innovative high-speed optical networking for harsh environments. Making gigabit communications over fiber optics a reality, KDPOF technology supplies 1 Gb/s POF links for automotive, industrial, and home networks. Founded in 2010 in Madrid, Spain, KDPOF offer their cost-effective technology as either ASSP or IP (Intellectual Property) to be integrated in SoCs (System-on-Chips). KDPOF has about 50 employees, we are in full expansion due to the development of innovative products in the sector and the creation of a unique factory in Spain. As a result, we are looking for an Automotive Business Development Manager (Graduate).

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KDPOF (leading supplier for high-speed connectivity over fiber optics in harsh environments) proudly announced their strategic partnership with Hinge Technology (China-based leader in advanced vehicle electronics architecture) to solve key technical issues in the industrial application of optical communications in vehicles.

Strategic Partnership to Advance Automotive Optical Communications for Future Network Demands

For the development and mass production of in-vehicle electrical and electronic architecture of optical fiber communications, Hinge Technology utilizes ICs from KDPOF to design integrated optical modules combined with automotive-grade connectors and optical fiber harnesses to design the electrical electronic architecture (EEA).

 

Yang Jun is CTO of Hinge Technology

Yang Jun is CTO of Hinge Technology

“The widespread application of optical communications in automotive production faces challenges, including harsh environmental conditions and tough requirements for low cost and high reliability,” stated Yang Jun, CTO of Hinge Technology. “Our collaboration with the leading upstream supplier, KDPOF, accelerates the industrialization of vehicle communications system products based on 1 to 50 Gbps optical communications.”

Carlos Pardo is CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF

Carlos Pardo is CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF

 

Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF added: “We’re proud that Hinge Technology has chosen our transceiver ICs for optical gigabit connectivity in harsh environments. At the recent Automotive Ethernet Summit in Shanghai, China, we showed our first joint project: a plastic optical fiber camera by Hinge Technology based on our well-proven KD1053 IC and integrated KD9351 FOT (fiber optic transceiver).”

Surround View System with High-speed Fiber Optics Camera

Joint demo of KDPOF and Hinge Technology of high-speed camera at Automotive Ethernet Summit in Shanghai, China

Joint demo of high-speed camera at Automotive Ethernet Summit in Shanghai, China

Using KDPOF components, Hinge Technology has developed an optical fiber camera. It can be paired with an optical fiber surround view host, resulting in a high-speed optical communications 360-degree surround view system or a reverse image system. The camera utilizes a 2MP high-quality image sensor for data collection, which is processed and transmitted via plastic optical fiber to the controller for image display or processing. Optical fiber cameras can achieve a stable transmission distance of up to 40 meters and deliver high-definition, real-time images. By comparison, LVDS coaxial cameras have no relay transmission capability and are limited to 15 meters.

The KDPOF EVB9351AUT evaluation board provides an extensive platform for testing the KDPOF KD9351 and KD1053 transceivers, designed for the 1000BASE-RHC PHY implementation in automotive optical networks. The KD9351 IC, with dimensions of 7 mm x 8 mm in an LGA-36 package, handles the PMD sublayer of the physical layer. The KD1053, sized at 7 mm x 7 mm in a QFN-56 package, manages both the PCS and PMA sublayers as specified by IEEE Std 802.3bvTM-2017. This setup supports data transfer rates of 1,000 and 100 Mbps.

Additionally, the board features an SFP slot, enabling it to serve as a media converter between the optical 1000BASE-RHC port and various SFP modules. These can include 1000/100BASE-T, 100BASE-FX, 1000BASE-S/LX, direct-attach passive twinax cable, and passive serial loopback configurations.

Joint Research and Design for Future Optical Connectivity

KDPOF team visiting Hinge Technology facilities to work on collaborative projects

KDPOF team visiting Hinge Technology facilities to work on collaborative projects

In addition to developing optical EEA for vehicle communications, KDPOF and Hinge Technology will extend their partnership to the application of optical communications technology in battery management systems (BMS) for electric vehicles. The companies are collaborating on the development and manufacturing of optical modules and system-on-chips (SoC). They plan to introduce optical-electronic integrated chip packaging technology in regions of China with well-developed automotive industry clusters, establishing FAB facilities capable of packaging chips with bandwidths ranging from 1 to 10 gigabits.

Utilizing Chiplet technology solutions, they are jointly researching and developing advanced chip-on-panel (COP) packaging technology for low-cost, high-reliability optical processors, optical modules, and complementary optical components tailored for automotive optical communications. This initiative aims to ensure production capacity for various automotive optical communications products. Together they plan to develop and manufacture higher-bandwidth optical communications semiconductors in the future, driving continuous upgrades of EEA architecture for the global automotive industry.

Furthermore, Hinge Technology conducts relevant functional verification on mass-produced vehicle models, including assessing packet loss rates, signal transmission losses, optical module heat dissipation, optical module and optical connector optical path coupling solutions, and optical connection reliability in various road environments. Based on the results of real vehicle verification, Hinge Technology develops corresponding solutions and provides feedback on technical issues related to optical chips to KDPOF for resolution.

More information is available in the white paper from Hinge Technology.

About Hinge Technology

Hinge Electronic Technology Co., Ltd., was established in 2014 in Shanghai, China with a vision to driving continuous upgrades of EEA architecture for the global automotive industry. Since its creation, Hinge has pioneered the development of advanced automotive systems and products such as the self-adapting AUTOSAR system, in-vehicle TSN (time-sensitive networking) Ethernet, and optical Ethernet, essential technologies in crafting the electronic backbone for the smart vehicles of tomorrow. Powered by its R&D capability, Hinge has forged strategic partnerships with prominent entities (both upstream and downstream) across the automotive sector around the globe. Hinge has built a manufacturing and testing hub in Zhuji city, a facility encompassing 40 hectares with mass production capacity and delivery capability for OEMs.

 

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VECS 2024: KDPOF Presents First Implementation of IEEE Std 802.3cz

From May 14 to 15, 2024, we will show our optical multi-gigabit automotive Ethernet demo at VECS 2024 – Vehicle Electronics & Connected Services Conference – in Gothenburg, Sweden. This year’s theme is “Shaping the Future of the Transportation Landscape”. At stand C04:12, we’ll display our first implementation compliant to IEEE Std 802.3cz. The demo setup operates in multimode multi-gigabit with 2 plates of multimode fiber 10GBASE-AU.

VECS will bring together the automotive community to share ideas, insights, and inspiration. At the event, you can learn more about the latest innovations, the industry landscape plus benchmark yourselves and show presence among 1500+ peers. Established industry experts, renowned organizations, and agile start-ups will discuss the best use cases regarding process and organizational aspects for a profitable use of new technologies.

We’re looking forward to exchanging experiences and ideas. How are other OEMs coping with the shift to central computer architecture, where the vehicle becomes much more software-based? How do manufacturers tackle the commercial transformation where digitization changes the way that they market & sell their products and also interact with customers?

Meet us at VECS in Gothenburg

We’re delighted to pass on a 20 percent discount* to you. Please register at VECS.se under the registration tab and enter the code KDPOF20 in the discount code field in connection with registration to receive the discount. Our team looks forward to meeting you at VECS. Please contact us to set up a meeting date!

*Please note that this offer does not apply to already registered participants and it is not possible to combine with other offers for this event.

Rubén Pérez de Aranda is CTO and Co-founder of KDPOF

Our CTO Rubén Pérez-Aranda Alonso will give the presentation “An optical nervous system to Interconnect Sensors and artificial brains in AV” at AutoSens USA Conference in Detroit, USA, on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 11:15 am in room 142C: “I am very excited to speak this year at AutoSens USA, and I appreciate this great opportunity to present the technology development that is happening around automotive optical links.”

In addition, we’ll show our latest demo setup at stand 258 in the exhibition area from May 21 to 24.

For an event preview, please also read the article “Journey through the Agenda: What’s Next for Automotive E/E Architectures?” by AutoSens News.

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Autonomous Driving Presentation at Automotive Ethernet Summit China

We’re excited to be part of the 5th Automotive Ethernet Summit in Shanghai, China! Óscar Ciordia, Sales and Marketing Director, will give the presentation “Advance 10-Gigabit Ethernet Connection Solution Enables the Development of Autonomous Driving”. From April 11 to 12, 2024, this top automotive Ethernet technology summit in the Asia-Pacific region, gathers dozens of OEMs in its fifth year.
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10 Gb/s Connectivity Demo at Automotive Ethernet Congress

We’re grateful about the huge attention at the recent Automotive Ethernet Congress for our brand-new automotive optical multi-gigabit demo. In numerous meetings, our team displayed our first implementation compliant to IEEE Std 802.3cz. The demo setup operates in multimode multi-gigabit with 2 plates of multimode fiber 10GBASE-AU. In addition, we’re proud to show our optical multi-gigabit automotive Ethernet demo at the OPEN Alliance Inc. stand.

“We’re excited about the great interest from the automotive industry on the new optical multi gigabit communication technology from KDPOF,” stated Óscar Ciordia, Sales and Marketing Director. “The positive response once again confirmed this is the path forward!”

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OFC: KDPOF presents new implementation of IEEE 802.3cz Std.

At the OFC – Optical Fiber Communication – Conference, we will exhibit our brand-new multi-gigabit connectivity demo at stand 4848 from March 26 to 28 in San Diego, California, USA, and online. Our setup will show the first implementation in silicon of the IEEE 802.3cz standard. It will operate in multimode multi-gigabit with 2 plates of multimode fiber at 10GBASE-AU.

“As of today, the IEEE 802.3cz standard technology provides the only existing solution for 25 Gb/s and 50 Gb/s single lane connections with 4 inline connectors and a maximum length of 40 meters in the car over OM3 multimode fiber,” explained Luisma Torres Torres, Principal System Architect at KDPOF and active member at IEEE Standards Association.

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Carlos Pardo is CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF

We’re proud to congratulate our CEO Carlos Pardo for being awarded Entrepreneur 2023. He’s winner of the 13th edition of the Entrepreneur Awards by Asociación/Colegio Nacional de Ingenieros del ICAI. On October 20, 2023, he will collect the XIII Entrepreneur Award at the ceremony of the 2023 Association Awards.

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KDPOF unveiled the future of automotive optical networks at ECOC

At the recent ECOC Exhibition from October 2 to 4, 2023, in Glasgow, Scotland, we were grateful to show you our exclusive and brand-new multi-gigabit demo “Unveiling the Future of Automotive Optical Networks” with a traffic generator from AUKUA Systems. Thank you very much for the great interest in our presenting the first automotive optical multi-gigabit demo. The event was once again the key meeting place for everyone in the fiber optic communication technology industry. With over 330 companies showcasing the latest products and services, the exhibition was the meeting place for their colleagues, customers and partners and the chance to hear about the latest developments in their industry.

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