KDPOF, which specializes in optical transceivers for plastic optical fiber (POF) connections, says it will use next month’s Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich to demonstrate 25-Gbps POF network connectivity suitable for automotive applications. The technology behind the demonstration could be suitable for consideration by IEEE standards makers, says the company. The IEEE 802.3 Multi-Gigabit Automotive Optical PHY Standard Study Group is investigating such a standard.
Automotive networks, including those based on POF, target 1-Gbps transmission. However, the amount of data passed within an automobile – particularly with the advent of 5G-enabled smart cars – promises to boost automotive network bandwidth requirements. “With technological leaps such as electrical vehicles, automated driving, and V2X interconnection rushing through, automotive applications, utilization, and safety requirements are boosting the necessary network speed tremendously,” explained Carlos Pardo, CEO and co-founder of KDPOF and one of the leaders of the multi-gigabit study group. “Consequently, in-vehicle networks are on the brink of speeds from one to multiple gigabits per second.”