Abstract

A prototype media converter for transmitting 10-Mb/s Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 data over a large-core (1 mm) step-index polymer optical fiber (SI-POF) is presented. The system is demonstrated over a record maximum distance of 425 m, which greatly outperforms, in terms of reach, previously published results and commercially available systems, which are usually limited to approximately 100 m. This extended reach allows to envision new applications of SI-POF such as in the last part of access networks, edge networks, in-house and in-building networks, industrial automation, airplane and ship cabling, and all areas where the resilience and ease of installation of SI-POF can be a fundamental advantage.

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IBM J. Res. Develop. (1)

A. X. Widmer, P. A. Franaszek, "A DC-balanced, partitioned-block, 8B/10B transmission code," IBM J. Res. Develop. 27, 440-451 (1983).

IEEE J. Solid-State Circuits (1)

J. Everitt, J. F. Parker, P. Hurst, D. Nack, K. R. Konda, "A CMOS transceiver for 10-Mb/s and 100-Mb/s Ethernet," IEEE J. Solid-State Circuits 33, 2169-2177 (1998).

IEEE Trans. Commun. (1)

T. Muoi, "Receiver design for digital fiber optic transmission systems using Manchester (biphase) coding," IEEE Trans. Commun. COM-31, 608-619 (1983).

J. Lightw. Technol. (1)

T. Ishigure, K. Makino, S. Tanaka, Y. Koike, "High-bandwidth graded-index polymer optical fiber enabling power penalty-free gigabit data transmission," J. Lightw. Technol. 21, 2923-2930 (2003).

Other (13)

T. Nyu, M. Momona, S. Yamazaki, A. K. Dutta, A. Suzuki, "Fast Ethernet system with high-speed plastic optical fiber data links," Proc. OFC (1996) pp. 221-223.

O. Zieman, J. Krauser, "The use of polymer optical fiber for in-house networks, advantages of 520 nm LED transmission systems," Proc. ECOC (1998) pp. 379-380.

S. Benedetto, E. Biglieri, Principles of Digital Transmission With Wireless Applications (Kluwer, 1999).

N. Sawyer, Data Recovery (2005) Xilinx Application Note 224.

J. Mateo, M. A. Losada, I. Garcés, J. Arrue, J. Zubia, D. Kalymnios, "High NA POF dependence of bandwidth on fibre length," Proc. POF Conf. (2003) pp. 123-126.

K. Irie, T. Yoshimura, K. Nakamura, Y. Kawaharada, "Analysis on long-term reliability of polymer optical fiber," Proc. POF Conf. (2004) pp. 611-617.

A media converter and a system for mutually converting a packet-based data stream into a serial data stream EU Patent 05020517.8 (2005) (temporary number).

W. Daum, J. Krauser, P. Zamzow, O. Ziemann, Polymer Optical Fibers for Data Communications (Springer-Verlag, 2002).

T. Schaal, T. Kibler, E. Zeeb, "Optical communication systems for automobiles," Eur. Conf. Optical Commun. (ECOC) StockholmSweden (2004) TH3.1.3.

T. Freeman, "Plastic optical fibre tackless automotive requirements," Fibre System Europe Magazine pp. 14-17 (2004).

D. Cárdenas, A. Nespola, R. Gaudino, S. Abrate, C. Lezzi, "FFTH in Italy: The fastweb access infrastructure and its possible evolution with new PMMA-SI-POF media converters," Proc. IEE Conf. Access Technol. (ICAT) (2006) pp. 1-4.

HOME PLANET (IST-2000-28234) http://www.tyndall.ie/projects/homeplanet/ EU research project, see Approach in official web site.

POF-ALL (IST-2006-027549) http://www.ist-pof-all.org/ EU research project, see Workpackages in official web site.

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