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2 November 2012

Firecomms launches fiber-optic transceivers for industrial automation, transportation, medical, power generation, smart grid and home-networking markets

Firecomms Ltd of Cork, Ireland, a manufacturer of fiber-optic solutions and optical transceivers (including its OptoLock technology, licensed worldwide) for consumer plastic optical fiber (POF), has announced an expanded product line that includes DC-capable devices targeted at industrial applications, as well as the first range of LC connectors designed specifically for plastic optical fiber (POF) and hard-clad silica (HCS, also called plastic clad silica, or PCS).

“Our innovative technology enables us to readily answer our customers demand for LC transceivers for POF, and for an additional supplier of DC-capable industrial transmitters and receivers,” says VP of sales & marketing Hugh Hennessy.

Responding to demand for a second source for the Versatile Link from Avago Technologies, Firecomms is introducing its RedLink series of DC-capable transmitters and receivers for industrial applications.

Drop-in compatible with the Versatile Link range, the RedLink product line extends Firecomms’ capabilities for high-speed POF transceivers and interfaces into the high-reliability industrial requirements of the DC-capable realm. The firm reckons that its entrance into the Industrial transceiver market will provide assurance for customers concerned about continuity of supply.

Initially, the RedLink product line will include DC-1Mb, DC-5Mb, DC-10Mb and DC-50Mb transmitters and receivers. All RedLink products will be rated at the extended industrial temperature range of -40°C ~ +85°C.
“The introduction of Firecomms RedLink transmitters and receivers will provide existing users of Versatile Link devices with an additional source for these products, thus expanding the usage of this innovative and versatile product range,” reckons Hennessy.

Firecomms also claims to be first to launch LC connectors designed for use with POF and other large-core glass fibers such as HCS. This follows the release by the IEC of the second edition of standard IEC 61754-20, which broadens the use of LC connectors beyond glass fiber. Known for its compact form factor, the LC connector is widely used in the optical networking industry.

Firecomms will offer several new LC fiber-optic products as cost-effective alternatives to using LC-terminated glass-fiber transceivers in SFP formats. Firecomms’ LC 650nm transceivers will be available for 125Mbps, 250Mbps and 1.25Gbps data rates.

All Firecomms transmitters (including RedLink, LC and OptoLock) leverage the firm’s resonant-cavity LED (RC-LED) technology to provide long-term reliability in lifetime performance.

Firecomms is showcasing the new LC and RedLink products at the MEV booth (hall A4, booth 260) at Electronica 2012 in Munich, Germany (13-16 November).

Tags: Firecomms POF transceivers


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