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Recent developments in plastic optical fiber components for automotive applications
Author(s): James R. Cirillo; Kurt L. Jennings; Mark A. Lynn; Robert E. Steele
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Paper Abstract

The majority of production applications using plastic optical fiber (POF) have been for illumination applications. These applications continue to be refined and new illumination applications continue to be introduced. Point-to-point data communication applications of POF are beginning to appear in production vehicles. New developments in connection systems and networking components are occurring rapidly. This paper discusses recently developed components for illumination and data communications. The illumination components were designed for three different applications: lamp monitoring, keyhole illumination, and PRNDL indication (gear shift). Components for data communications include two connection systems and two passive stars designed for networking. The two connections systems are a 16 electrical/1 optical system for point-to-point links and a 5 electrical/2 optical for two-way optical communications. The two stars are a 16 node star and 7 node star. Performance characteristics and design advantages are described for all components.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1799, Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms and Plastic Optical Fibers, (9 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.141358
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James R. Cirillo, General Motors Corp./Packard Electric Div. (United States)
Kurt L. Jennings, General Motors Corp./Packard Electric Div. (United States)
Mark A. Lynn, General Motors Corp./Packard Electric Div. (United States)
Robert E. Steele, General Motors Corp./Packard Electric Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1799:
Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms and Plastic Optical Fibers
Luis Figueroa; Mototaka Kitazawa; Norris E. Lewis; Robert E. Steele; Deepak Varshneya, Editor(s)

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