Direct GPS-over-Fiber (GPSoF) provides copperless links to antenna

Sept. 3, 2019
HUBER+SUHNER unveils what it contends is "the world’s first truly copperless link to the antenna."

Huber+Suhner bills its new Direct GPS-over-Fiber (GPSoF) platform as "the first of its kind to facilitate a fiber-optic connection to be made directly onto an antenna, eliminating the need for a separate power line."

"This new capability has the potential to revolutionize the remote antenna application landscape by addressing power constraints at the remote end," contends the company.

The Direct GPSoF line of cables is expected to provide significant benefits to installations within the aerospace and defense markets.

Per Huber+Suhner product summary, "Power-over-Fiber eliminates power constraints by making use of available fiber optic backbones to deliver the required power to the antenna. This eliminates the need for external power sources at the remote end, whilst at the same time, adding all of the benefits of fiber optics into a conventional radio frequency link."

"Supplying power to remote antenna locations is a common challenge in shelter and other command and control applications within  the defense industry. Our ability to support rapid deployments by reducing the amount of hardware and enhancing operational effectiveness by providing a truly copperless link, adds tremendous value to these types of applications,” comments Dominik Ruckstuhl, NPI (New Product Introduction) Engineer at Huber+Suhner.       

The company notes that Direct GPSoF employs laser safety features, which are compliant with the IEC laser standards. The use of the Huber+Suhner Q-ODC connector ensures a ruggedized connection using single mode fibers, which enables link distances of up to 10km. 

“The Direct GPSoF solution, featuring Power-over-Fiber, demonstrates [our] solving real-world challenges in our customers’ applications. We are excited to continue to add value by focusing on innovations in new technologies and technology convergence,” states Chad Trevithick, Head of Solutions Business at Huber+Suhner.

Attendees at DSEI 2019 can find HUBER+SUHNER at stand S8-135, 10-13 September at Excel, London. Attendees at DSEI 2019 will be the first to witness the ground-breaking Direct GPSoF technology, as HUBER+SUHNER debuts the new product line with a live demonstration at the event. 

To find out more about the Direct GPSoF solution and other offerings in the company's RF-over-Fiber (RFoF) Series, visit:


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