Plastic Optical Fiber

Timbercon POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) products are large diameter assemblies constructed of acrylic and fluorinated polymers, for the core and cladding respectively. Similar to traditional glass fiber, POF transmits light/data through the core of the fiber. However, POF assemblies have a core size, in some cases, 100x that of glass fiber. The increased core diameter allows 96% of the core to transmit signal from point-to-point, making it an ideal material for very high bandwidth/signal transmission over very short distances.


Features

  • Large core size
  • Low cost
  • Field service tolerant
  • Multitude of connector options

Benefits

  • Very high bandwidth due to large core size
  • Inexpensive to manufacture resulting in lower product cost
  • High bandwidth allows product to remain functioning with some scratches and contamination
  • Connector options allow easy integration with existing systems

Applications

  • Illumination
  • Medical
  • Data communication (specialty)

POF assemblies possess special characteristics that make this product an ideal solution for applications which traditional glass fiber products are not well suited. For applications requiring a very tight bend radius, POF products can generally bend to 25mm with no excessive attenuation. For visible light laser applications, POF assemblies can transmit the signal such that it is visible to the human eye, making the user aware of its attachment to an active laser and allowing them to avoid associated dangers. POF products also have a very wide tolerance for scratching and contamination from the field. This tolerance allows the product to perform at acceptable level despite some compromise in physical condition.

Timbercon POF products typically are used in medical, automotive, home networks, digital audio/video interfaces, signs/illumination, and instrumentation.

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