Amended IEEE Plastic Optical Fibre Standard

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IEEE recently published the amended IEEE 802.3bv ‘Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 1000 Mbps Operation Over Plastic Optical Fibre’, in response to market demand for high-speed Ethernet solutions for automotive, industrial and home network connectivity – unique applications where long link lengths aren’t required.

IEEE noted that plastic optical fibre is already in use in automobiles and other vehicles, and that the IEEE 802.3bv standard provides a robust and reliable media option for Ethernet automotive networks. As an alternative transmission medium, the standard is also applicable to harsh, electrically noisy environments such as industrial automation islands and other applications with similar requirements.

Plastic optical fibre’s non-conductive cable construction and simple installation properties are also being leveraged by telecom providers worldwide to enhance Ethernet-based home networks for wireless network access based on IEEE 802.11 (‘Wi-Fi’) devices.

“The ongoing expansive growth of Ethernet is driving a requirement for connectivity options that align with industry requirements, and that provide the best suited transmission medium and operational speed to meet these specific industry Ethernet application requirements,” said Bob Grow, chair, IEEE P802.3bv Gigabit Ethernet Over Plastic Optical Fibre Task Force