IEEE publishes 802.3bv standard amendment for 1000 Mb/s Ethernet operation over plastic optical fiber

March 30, 2017
The IEEE 802.3bv standard amendment defines physical layer specifications and management parameters for home networking, industrial and automotive applications utilizing plastic optical fiber.

IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) have announced publication of the IEEE 802.3bvStandard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 1000 Mb/s Operation Over Plastic Optical Fiber. IEEE says the IEEE 802.3bv standard amendment "responds to increased demand for high-speed Ethernet solutions for automotive, industrial, and home network connectivity. Plastic optical fiber provides unique capabilities for these applications where long link lengths aren’t required," adds the consortium.

"Increasingly, automotive and industrial networks are migrating towards Ethernet," states an IEEE press release. "Plastic optical fiber is already in use in automobiles and other vehicles, and IEEE 802.3bv provides a robust and reliable media option for Ethernet automotive networks. As an alternative transmission medium, the standard is also applicable to harsh, electrically noisy environments such as industrial automation islands and other applications with similar requirements."

IEEE notes that plastic optical fiber’s non-conductive cable construction and simple installation properties are also being leveraged by telecom providers worldwide to enhance Ethernet-based home networks for wireless network access based on IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi devices.

“The ongoing expansive growth of Ethernet is driving a requirement for connectivity options that align with industry requirements, and that provide the best suited transmission medium and operational speed to meet these specific industry Ethernet application requirements,” comments Bob Grow, chair of the IEEE P802.3bv Gigabit Ethernet Over Plastic Optical Fiber Task Force. “The IEEE 802.3bv amendment represents an ongoing commitment to enhance the Ethernet standard in line with stakeholders’ needs to ensure optimal performance and reliability in new networking environments.”

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