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Data Transmission over Polymer Optical Fibers I. Tafur Monroy, H.P.A. vd Boom, A.M.J. Koonen, G.D. Khoe COBRA Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, E-mail: [email protected] . Y. Watanabe Asahi Glass Company, Tokyo, Japan. E-mail: [email protected] Y. Koike, T. Ishigure Keio University, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Japan. E-mail: [email protected] . Abstract Polymer Optical Fiber (POF) is a promising transmission medium for providing broadband telecommunication services within the customer’s premises. POF offers several attractive features for data transmission such as broad bandwidth and low cost for in-house, access and LAN applications. This article presents a review on optical transmission systems using POF and their enabling technologies. A summary is given of experimental data links with record capacity over record transmission distances. Standardization activities in POF technology and transmission are reported. To conclude, we discuss trends for further development and research. Keywords: Optical communications, in-house networks, POF, polymer optical fiber. Dr.ir Idelfonso Tafur Monroy Eindhoven University of Technology Telecommunications Technology and Electromagnetics P.O Box 513, EH 11:08 5600 MB Eindhoven The Netherlands Tel: + 31-40-2473219 Fax: +31 -40 -2455197
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Data Transmission over Polymer Optical Fibers I. Tafur Monroy, H.P.A. vd Boom, A.M.J. Koonen, G.D. Khoe COBRA Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, E-mail: [email protected] . Y. Watanabe Asahi Glass Company, Tokyo, Japan. E-mail: [email protected] Y. Koike, T. Ishigure Keio University, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Japan. E-mail: [email protected] . Abstract Polymer Optical Fiber (POF) is a promising transmission medium for providing broadband telecommunication services within the customer’s premises. POF offers several attractive features for data transmission such as broad bandwidth and low cost for in-house, access and LAN applications. This article presents a review on optical transmission systems using POF and their enabling technologies. A summary is given of experimental data links with record capacity over record transmission distances. Standardization activities in POF technology and transmission are reported. To conclude, we discuss trends for further development and research. Keywords: Optical communications, in-house networks, POF, polymer optical fiber. 1 Introduction There is an increasing demand for high data-rate communication in the costumer’s premises and office areas to provide services like fast internet access and compressed digital video based services (MPEG). The transmission media used at present are not suited for provisioning high-bandwidth services at low cost. For instance, today’s wiring in local area networks is based mainly on copper cables (twisted-pair or coaxial) and glass fiber of two kinds: single mode and multimode. Copper based technologies suffer strong susceptibility to electromagnetic interferences and have a limited capacity for digital transmission.
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