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New Agilent transmitter-receiver hikes performance of automobile multimedia networks

Agilent Technologies Inc. today released an optical transmitter and receiver that contains an extended operating te...


January 4, 2005  


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Agilent Technologies Inc. today released an optical transmitter and receiver that contains an extended operating temperature range of 40C to +95C for use in automobile multimedia networks.

According to the company, the mark is 10 degrees higher than its nearest competitor.

The devices are compliant with MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transport), the automotive industry’s multimedia, fiber optic networking standard.

The AFBR-1010 fiber-optic transmitter and AFBR-2010 receiver operate at speeds of up to 50 MBd. They are both supplied in low-cost, four-pin molded packages ready for assembly into MOST-compliant, plastic fiber-optic connector receptacles.

By extending the temperature range, Agilent’s devices offer better performance in hot weather and allow automobile manufacturers to place the devices almost anywhere in the car, except the engine compartment, without cooling concerns.

The transmitter uses a low-current, high-efficiency 650 nm LED source with integrated optics for efficient coupling into 1-mm polymer optical fiber; the receiver contains a large-area PIN diode to receive this light.