As ultrahigh definition (UHD) video moves moves to ever-higher resolution and ever-higher data rates, optical transmission solutions become attractive at increasingly short distances. In recent years, active optical cables (AOCs) have been developed with plastic optical fibers (POF) to meet these needs. In this talk, I will discuss new approaches to POF AOCs, aimed at minimizing the cost of AOCs for UHD video.
Plastic optical fiber (POF) has long been seen as a potential medium for implementing simple, very low cost optical links, but has not yet found significant application in data communication. In the near future, this situation is likely to change, as a new generation of POF with dramatically improved optical properties becomes commercially available. Unlike conventional POF, the new POF is based on amorphous perfluorinated polymers that are transparent in the near infrared. In order to develop useful fibers based on these new polymer materials, it has been necessary to better understand their fundamental optical properties, and to develop methods for manufacturing low-loss fiber. Since the available manufacturing methods typically result in graded-index POF's with very non-ideal index profiles, the possibility of severe bandwidth limitations has long been a concern. In addition, significant improvements in connection loss will be required to support high-speed systems. In this paper, we describe techniques that we and others have developed to eliminate or overcome these obstacles.
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Ultra-High-Definition Imaging Systems V
22 January 2022 | San Francisco, California, United States
Ultra-High-Definition Imaging Systems IV
6 March 2021 | Online Only, California, United States
Ultra-High-Definition Imaging Systems III
3 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Ultra-High-Definition Imaging Systems II
2 February 2019 | San Francisco, California, United States
Ultra-High-Definition Imaging Systems
31 January 2018 | San Francisco, California, United States