Active Optical Connector: The easy way of high-speed data transmission

September 01, 2014
Active Optical Connector: The easy way of high-speed data transmission

The V series achieves a high-speed optical fiber connection in electronic devices by using an electric connector. High-speed bi-directional data transmission is made easy with the Active Optical Connector due to its noise reduction and electrical isolation capability.

•  Electro-optic conversion structure inside the plug
•    Bi-directional high-speed and wideband data transmission
•    Excellent noise reduction and electrical isolation
•    Easy mounting with connector
•    Suitable for installation in small devices thanks to its compact design

Panasonic’s latest successfully released product is the Active Optical Connector, which is able to transmit data in devices through an optical fiber with a speed of up to 10Gbps. The electro-optic conversion function is installed in a small compact plug (13x9x6mm), which allows the same connectivity as standard electric connectors with a high connection reliability and easy handling.
Present trends in the industry clearly show that the amount of data that needs to be transmitted between devices is increasing steadily. One example are high-definition pictures, commonly used in the medical and industrial equipment sector, which need to be transmitted between camera units and image-processing boards. Another field of application for the Active Optical Connector is the next generation of high-performance measuring instruments and FA equipment. Again, data transmission at a high speed and with a high signal integrity is a necessity. As the optical data transmission creates electric isolation between boards and units, it is more effective in medical equipment and measuring instruments than traditional data transmission methods. In short, the Active Optical Connector is optimally suited for all environments where electromagnetic interferences are prevalent, but Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) needs to be assured.