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Automotive Ethernet Congress: Automotive Multi-gigabit is Optical

With new challenges like automated driving and electric power trains, In-Vehicle Network (IVN) requirements are quickly evolving. The IVN has to support use cases such as the vehicle data backbone, smart antennas, ADAS cameras/sensors, displays, and data loggers, which demand higher data bandwidth while maintaining the reliability level required by the automotive industry. When considering a standard technology to support the target use cases, it is clear that the requirements are not all met by any existing communication standard, including the optical 10GBASE-SR. It is thus necessary to define a new IVN standard for multi-gigabit optical communications in the automotive environment.

On June 2, 2022 at 10:00 CEST, Carlos Pardo will give the presentation “Automotive Optical Ethernet Reaching for 50 Gb/s” at the Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich, Germany. At stand 26 in the exhibition area, we will present latest highlights of our optical in-vehicle network technology from June 1 to 2. Carlos and our team look forward to meeting you in Munich. Please contact us to set up a date. We are happy to pass on a 10 percent discount to our customers and business fellows. For registration, please visit the event website and use the discount code: SC2022AEC

Automotive Optical Ethernet Reaching for 50 Gb/s

A new optical automotive IVN communication standard is currently under development within IEEE under the name 802.3cz. It is supported by several industry-leading companies. The new standard will cover rates up to 50 Gb/s, will support several in-line connectors and will have BER better than 10-12 with ECU ambient operation temperature from -40ºC up to 105ºC in harsh automotive environments. High reliability and outstanding EMC compliance will also be fulfilled.

In parallel with the standardization effort, KDPOF is developing an optical transceiver capable of supporting the new standard requirements. It will enjoy low power dissipation and automotive industry-standard cost. KDPOF´s new optical port is based on a small and scalable connector with a minimal PCB area impact. The new KDPOF technology will enable symmetric links, as well as strongly unbalanced upstream/downstream rates suitable for applications such as sensors, cameras and displays.

As the auto industry approaches the 100 Gb/s*m speed-length threshold, the need to move away from copper and toward optical physical data transmission media is becoming mandatory. Copper transmission may try to cope with the new requirement by adding parallel lanes, thicker cables and shielding, impacting the cost and weight of cables as well as their mechanical flexibility and port size. Moreover, copper ports will require a higher DSP complexity, which quickly translates to high power consumption and bigger latencies. Last but not least, copper will operate at higher signal amplitude to comply with the required error rate, which will result in a worse EMC behavior and will also penalize power consumption.

Optical is the engineering-wise path for higher data rates. It will support Energy-Efficient Ethernet and wake-up & sleep. The technology in development by KDPOF is based on advanced digital signal processing and on high-speed ADC to implement all the needed algorithms. Key elements of the communication system, where several industry leaders are also working, are the VCSEL, multimode fibers, cable structure and connectors.

For the latest update on the IEEE standardization, please also see the press release: Proposed IEEE Optical Multi-gigabit Automotive Standard Achieves Milestone

VECS: KDPOF celebrated Proposed IEEE Optical Multi-gigabit Automotive Standard Achieving Milestone

At the recent VECS 2022 – Vehicle Electronics & Connected Services – International Trade Show from May 17 to 18, 2022 in Gothenburg, Sweden, KDPOF has celebrates the in-vehicle network standardization progress reaching the IEEE 802.3 Working Group Ballot stage. “We are happy that the IEEE 802.3cz automotive optical multi-gigabit technically complete standard draft has entered the Working Group ballot stage,” stated Carlos Pardo, KDPOF CEO and active participant in the IEEE 802.3 working group.

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The 802.3cz standard draft for the automotive industry specifies speeds starting at 2.5 Gb/s and going up to 50 Gb/s. The 802.3 Task Force includes numerous individuals affiliated with key carmakers, such as PSA, Toyota, BMW, Ford, GM, and Volvo; Tier 1 suppliers; and components suppliers. These industry leaders have been working on an optical automotive multi-gigabit system that will fulfill the needs of future connected and automated vehicles. “We are very thankful and positive about the strong support from the industry,” added Pardo.

For details about the status of the 802.3cz standard, please see the press release: Proposed IEEE Optical Multi-gigabit Automotive Standard Achieves Milestone

KDPOF welcomes proposed IEEE optical multi-gigabit automotive Ethernet standard 802.3 achieving milestone

KDPOF congratulates the 802.3cz Task Force for the advance of the proposed IEEE 802.3cz standard to the IEEE 802.3 Working Group ballot stage. “We are happy that the IEEE 802.3 automotive optical multi-gigabit technically complete standard draft has entered the Working Group ballot stage,” stated Carlos Pardo, KDPOF CEO and active participant in the IEEE 802.3 working group. Read more

Automotive Multi-gigabit Optical Connectivity

This video about automotive multi-gigabit optical connectivity presents the standardized solution under development by KDPOF to reach a 50 Gb/s bit rate over 40 meters of wiring harness. In the process, we’ll comply with the hardest OEM’s EMC specs, and meeting all automotive requirements in terms of operational temperature, reliability, ageing, mechanical loads, chemical loads, dirtiness and harsh environments in general. And all this with outstanding low power and low cost. Please, follow us to the KDPOF labs and we’ll show you a demo of our multi-gigabit solution: 50 Gb/s optical transmission for automotive.

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Efficient optical technology from KDPOF for safe backbone in vehicles

KDPOF will give insight on “Automotive Communications Standards” at the IEEE Conference “Use of Standards in Industry: IoT, Robotics, Automotive, and Communications” on 20 April 2022 in Madrid, Spain. The IEEE event will discuss the importance of the different standards and their use and impact on the industry in different sectors such as automotive, communications, satellites, etc. In his presentation, Luis Manuel Torres, Principal Engineer at KDPOF and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE 802.3cz standardization project “Multi-gigabit Optical Automotive Ethernet”, will give a general view of the most important automotive standards, with special emphasis on in-vehicle communication standards.

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Funzin Integrates KDPOF ICs in New Devices “FAIP 3.0” and “Photon” for autonomous vehicles

At the recent CES 2022, Funzin and KDPOF have jointly presented their optical in-vehicle network solution for autonomous vehicles. Funzin, software development and edge AI solution company, have implemented KDPOF’s KD1053 PHY IC and integrated KD9351 FOT (fiber optic transceiver) in the new Funzin AIoT Platform “FAIP 3.0” and Edge AI Device “Photon” for automotive. Read more

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

Extensive evaluation kit EVK9351AUT from KDPOF eases project start for optical gigabit connectivity in vehicles

KDPOF presents the new extensive evaluation kit EVK9351AUT for a quick and easy project launch of optical gigabit connectivity in vehicles. “Our new EVK9351AUT equips carmakers, suppliers, and test houses to fully evaluate the KDPOF automotive transceivers KD9351 and KD1053 for automotive optical 1000BASE-RHC PHY implementation,” explained Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. “We thus support our recently announced new integrated KD9351 Fiber Optic Transceiver (FOT) for comprehensive evaluation.” Read more