A pair of products from Electro Standards Laboratories extends USB connections through a fiber interface, which the company says is suitable for environments and applications that are subject to electromagnetic or radio-frequency interference that can corrupt USB-over-copper communication.
"This fiber-to-USB converter/extender pair is ideal for applications involving PC communications that require high speed, secure communications, with optical isolation," the company says. The Model 4162 Host and Model 4169 4-port Hub converter/extender system provides "true plug and play operability with support for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and support all USB device types: Control, Interrupt, Bulk and Isochornous at up to 480 Mbits/sec," the company continues. It adds that typical applications include industrial control, KVM extension, remote desktop USB connections and remote USB device sharing.
The set is designed to operate from 0 deg. Celsius to 50 deg. Celsius. The units feature electrostatic-discharge-protection circuitry on all copper USB I/O interfaces and their circuitry is also protected from transients.