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1 May 2008


Firecomms licenses OptoLock interconnect technology to Taiwan’s APAC

Firecomms of Cork, Ireland has licensed its OptoLock interconnect technology to Taiwan’s APAC Opto Electronics Inc, which designs and manufactures fiber-optic transmission components for local-area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), storage-area networks (SANs), metropolitan-area networks (MANs), and access networks (ANs).

An easy-to-use, low-cost housing for instant termination of bare plastic optical fiber (POF), OptoLock provides plugless terminations that allow for simpler, quicker connections of communications and infotainment network devices.

OptoLock can be used in Fast Ethernet ports directly as it is fully compatible with the IEEE 802.3u Fast Ethernet data communications standard. The resonant-cavity light-emitting diode (RCLED) operates at 660±10nm peak wavelength. The device is mechanically and electrically interchangeable with SMI (small media interface) connectors also enabled by Firecomms EDL300 transceivers.

“With the rapid adoption of OptoLock by an increasing number of equipment providers, we are happy to license our technology to APAC Opto Electronics Inc, a company that has been supplying transceivers to optical equipment companies worldwide since 1998,” says Niall Keegan, general manager Asia Pacific. “APAC, like all suppliers of OptoLock products, will manufacturer product based on a common optical and electrical specification, footprint, and fiber interface."

“APAC has been seeking an easy POF solution for some time, so we’re pleased to become a member of the OptoLock supply chain,” says APAC’s president, Dr Hank Hung. “By combining Firecomms’ technology with APAC’s manufacturing expertise on OE transceivers, we are able to provide low cost and short lead-time products for POF networks. Our POF transceivers are currently ready for market, as we have been a licensee for OptoLock since late 2007.”

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