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Connection system designed for plastic optical fiber local area networks
Author(s): James R. Cirillo; Kurt L. Jennings; Mark A. Lynn; Dominic A. Messuri; Robert E. Steele
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Paper Abstract

The local area network (LAN) market has been projected to maintain continued rapid growth throughout the 1990s. In addition, the volume and speed of data being transmitted over these networks is also expected to rise dramatically. These trends will necessitate the use of a medium capable of supporting that higher bandwidth, i.e., fiber optics. Glass fiber, the traditional networking solution has the disadvantage of high cost, both of components and installation. Consequently, this has discouraged widespread use. Plastic optical fiber (POF), on the other hand, has many of the same advantages as glass fiber (e.g., high bandwidth and no radiated emissions or susceptibility) while offering the additional advantage of low cost and ease of installation. This paper describes a connection system designed for use in plastic optical fiber LANs. It discusses the overall design philosophy, provides performance data, and highlights the ease of termination which this connection system permits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1592, Plastic Optical Fibers, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50993
Show Author Affiliations
James R. Cirillo, General Motors/Packard Electric Div. (United States)
Kurt L. Jennings, General Motors/Packard Electric Div. (United States)
Mark A. Lynn, General Motors/Packard Electric Div. (United States)
Dominic A. Messuri, General Motors/Packard Electric Div. (United States)
Robert E. Steele, General Motors/Packard Electric Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1592:
Plastic Optical Fibers

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