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Choose Polymer Optical Fiber (POF)?
Until recently, Polymer Optical Fiber (POF) only existed
for use in small, customized networks and applications. Developments
in the past decade have brought enormous growth in this field, and
now POF is being used as a solution for data and information transfer
in applications where flexiblity, cost, and ease of termination
are a concern.
- Advantages over
Silica (Glass) Optical Fiber--Polymer (plastic), has
numerous advantages in short-haul applications over glass. First
and foremost it is more pliable: consider the ability of Plexiglas
to warp and bend versus a plate of window glass. POF has a shorter
bend radius, and is more resilient to damage and abuse than
glass due to its intrinsic material characteristics. It is easier
to terminate, polish, and connect as well, which can reduce
the cost of installation and maintenance.
- Advantages over
Copper--The primary advantages of POF over copper are
increased bandwidth and durability. The increased level of bandwidth
expected from media such as the internet and multimedia will
soon outgrow the capabilities of copper; POF is a cost effective
replacement. Additionally, copper is prone to tapping and is
not a secure medium, whereas optical fiber is secure.
makers are using POF to offer access to digital services and
devices. The high-bandwidth capability of POF combined with
its rugged physical characteristics make it an ideal choice
for this market.
advantage of POF over other data carrying media is its weight.
Weight is crucial to any machine that flies--from airliners
to space shuttles--which makes POF well suited to the aerospace
industry. Replacing heavy, bandwidth-limited copper wires with
high-speed, feather light plastic can offer not only increased
payload capacity but also increased data traffic to travelers
is being applied to various medical applications where cost
and flexibility are key design parameters for disposable devices.
see the uses of POF as being yet undiscovered. New materials
applied to older technologies always take some time to be embraced,
and POF will be no exception. How might you use POF? Click
here to learn how you can purchase a POF sample from Paradigm
Paradigm Optics, Incorporated.
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