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Carlos Pardo presents "Automotive Multi-gigabit is Optical" at Automotive Ethernet Congress 2022

At the Automotive Ethernet Congress in June 2022 in Munich, Germany, Carlos Pardo gave the presentation “Automotive Multi-gigabit is Optical”. He showed how automotive optical Ethernet is reaching for 50 Gb/s.

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KDPOF proudly announced that their well-proven KD1053 PHY IC and integrated KD9351 FOT (Fiber Optic Transceiver) have been implemented by Renesas, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, into the new next generation automotive vehicle computer VC4. This comprehensive communication gateway ECU from Renesas features the newest automotive network technologies and sufficient computing power to host the ever-increasing number of user applications. “With the VC4, we have integrated an optical Ethernet interface into our automotive evaluation boards for the first time,” stated Tobias Belitz, Principal Engineer at Renesas. “KDPOF shared their 1000BASE-RH transceiver KD1053 and KD9351 FOT according to IEEE 802.3bv with us, which also covers the wide temperature range we are looking at.”

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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.

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NextGenerationEU and Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) support KDPOF

Many thanks to NextGenerationEU and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI, Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial) for your trust in our mission and work. As many readers know, companies throughout Europe and worldwide were severely affected in different areas by Covid-19. NextGenerationEU is a temporary recovery plan to support many of the affected companies in Europe, with Spain having the highest subsidy among participating European countries.

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KDPOF proudly announces that Funzin, software development and edge AI solution company, have integrated their KD1053 IC and integrated KD9351 FOT (fiber optic transceiver) in the new Funzin AIoT Platform “FAIP 3.0” and Edge AI Device “Photon” for automotive. “An automated driving car requires networks capable of controlling and processing a great deal of sensor data,” explained Ms. Deuk Hwa Kim, CEO/President of Funzin. “Our automotive network solution features an Ethernet backbone environment based on plastic optical fiber (POF) to eliminate electronic wave interference.” Read more

EPIC New Product Event Featuring KDPOF’s Integrated KD9351 FOT

At the Members New Product Release Event by EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) on 18 January 2022 at 16:00 CET, César Esteban will present 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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Demo setup of the optical multi-gigabit system solution from KDPOF for in-vehicle connectivity

Together with several industry leaders, KDPOF is working on an optical automotive multi-gigabit system that will fulfill the needs of future connected and automated vehicles. Instead of various port components, the new solution provides a single, complete package. “As the auto industry approaches the 50 Gb/s*m speed-length threshold, the move from copper to optical physical data transmission media is becoming mandatory,” stated Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. “Optical is the engineering-wise path for higher data rates.” The new connector systems are very small, lightweight and extremely inexpensive compared to the previous ones. With the comprehensive EVK9351AUT evaluation kit, automotive manufacturers and suppliers can already test the new configuration at 1 Gbit/s today. KDPOF thus supports easy project entry into optical gigabit connectivity for a secure Ethernet backbone and ADAS sensor connections in vehicles. Read more