Stratos gets patent for RFID fiber components
February 1, 2007 -- Stratos International has been issued US Patent No. 7,165,728 for a new technology that utilizes RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for on-device storage of performance test information for fiber-optic connectors and components.
February 1, 2007 -- Stratos International, a provider of RF and fiber-optic products for telecom, enterprise, military and broadcast video markets, announced that the company has been issued a US patent (US Patent No. 7,165,728) for a new technology that utilizes RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for on-device storage of performance test information for fiber-optic connectors and components.
According to a press release, the newly patented technology involves the integration of an RFID reader/writer into fiber-optic test equipment, which will enable the upload of measured test information to a transponder chip that is embedded in, or attached to, the connector. The performance data then resides with the transponder for the product lifetime and can be retrieved by any Stratos RFID enabled patch panel system or Stratos RFID reader.
According to Stratos, data envisioned for this feature could include validated test data of performance parameters, such as insertion loss, back reflection and end-face geometry, as well as product traceability information, such as measurement date, operator, and test station identification.
Stratos International markets products under the brand names of Stratos Optical Technologies, Trompeter Electronics and Semflex; the company to amassed a significant IP portfolio and has more than 150 US patents issued or pending in the areas of optoelectronics, optical interconnects, RFID products and RF/Microwave products.
"This latest patent issue is timely, it will be the catalyst for a number of new initiatives both with partners and other manufacturers," comments Richard Durrant, executive vice president of Stratos International "Stratos is well-positioned to offer this innovation across a number of high-end networking configurations in the US as well as Europe."