The main advantages of an optical solution for specific applications with multi-gigabit speeds with in-vehicle connectivity include electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) thanks to inherent electrical isolation, light weight and low cost. Applications include the networkability of telematics control modules, redundant and secure backbones for autonomous driving architectures and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Manufacturers of optoelectronics, connectors and wiring harnesses are prepared for the new technology and have already established a competitive market with all new components that require multi-gigabit networks in the car: Physical Layer (PHY), Fiber Optic Transceiver (FOT), fiber, connectors and light sources. The technology will be scalable to enable even higher data rates such as 50 and 100 Gbps in the future. Once all areas of the new standard are optimized and combined, a good balance of complexity and cost can be achieved between all parts (CMOS IC, VCSEL, PD, sleeves, cables, in-line interconnection, optics and lenses, etc.).
KDPOF plans to demonstrate a first version of its technology at the Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich from February 12th to 13th, 2020.
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