KDPOF Demos First 25 Gb/s Automotive-grade Optical Network

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

January 14, 2020


KDPOF Demos First 25 Gb/s Automotive-grade Optical Network

Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet, on the Verge of Standardization and Implementation

KDPOF, a supplier for gigabit transceivers over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber), will demonstrate an automotive-grade optical transmission system with 25 gigabits per second at the Automotive Ethernet Congress from February 12 to 13, 2020 in Munich, Germany.

In his presentation, “Optical Multi-Gigabit Ethernet –on the Verge of Standardization and Implementation,” on February 13 at 14:30, Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF, will show details on the process for the 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.

IEEE 802.3 Automotive Optical Multi-Gigabit Standard
With the approval of the IEEE 802.3 working group, a team of individuals affiliated with more than 15 key carmakers and components suppliers, including KDPOF, has started the standardization of an IEEE 802.3 Automotive Optical Multi-Gigabit Standard. The working group headed by Carlos Pardo (KDPOF) kicked off last summer. The first prototypes are projected by the end of 2021. The study group will evaluate the creation of an IEEE Ethernet standard for the automotive industry, with speeds starting at 2.5 Gb/s and going up to 25 or 50 Gb/s.
Advantages of the optical solution for specific applications using multi-gigabit speeds with in-vehicle connectivity are, among others, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). Relevant use cases include the interconnectivity of telematics control modules, redundant and safe backbones for autonomous driving architectures, and advanced driver assist system (ADAS) sensors.
Optoelectronic, connector, and wire harness vendors already provide a market with all the new components needed for multi-gigabit in the car: Physical Layer (PHY), Fiber Optic Transceiver (FOT), fibers, connectors, and light sources. The technology will be scalable in order to enable even higher data rates such as 50 and 100 Gbps in the future.   

For more information, please visit:https://www.kdpof.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/22-KDPOF-IEEE-multi-gigabit-optical-standard-EN_screen.pdf

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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