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Versatile link plastic optical fiber devices integrate digital driver and receiver logic

Versatile link plastic optical fiber devices integrate digital driver and receiver logic

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Since optical fiber has no metal in its construction, the communication link has infinite isolation between nodes at the same time and since light is used to transmit the signals there are no effects from or creation of electromagnetic interference (EMI) on the transmission line. There are additional challenges of copper cables caused by the longer assembly time and labor costs due to the steps needed for cable prep (stripping multiple layers of insulation, tinning the strands, multiple wires to solder and terminate the foil shield).

Testing an assembled copper cable is also slightly more complex the Plastic Optical Fiber as copper requires tests for continuity, shorts, opens and breakdown voltage. The new product family offers system designers integrated digital logic (TTL) interfaces for both transmitter and receivers. Integrated circuits within the Versatile Link components manage the translation from electrical-optical signals on both ends. These new products are the first Versatile Link parts to offer 3.3V and 5V power supply options.

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