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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Firecomms Launches Fast Ethernet Plastic Fiber Transceiver

PR Newswire
via NewsEdge Corporation

CORK, Ireland, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Firecomms today announces the release of a fully integrated transceiver RCLED-based 650 nm FOT (fiber optic transceiver) and highly-sensitive receiver FOT that operates with IEEE 802.3u Fast Ethernet data communications networks. Based on Firecomms' proprietary technology for Resonant Cavity LEDs, this new FOT is designed to provide a Fast Ethernet communication link over plastic optic fiber (POF).

Firecomms Fast Ethernet FOT is rated for modulation of 250 Mbps and is ideal for 100 Mb Ethernet. For seamless integration into Ethernet hubs, the device is compatible with CML (Current-Mode Logic) differential voltage swing levels.

The Fast Ethernet transceiver provides a simpler interface to an Ethernet Phy than previously available, and is designed for use with ultra low-cost connectors. These features of the Firecomms FOT combine to significantly reduce the cost per node for applications such as home, office, and industrial Ethernet networks.

Says Firecomms CEO, "Our FOT is a perfect drop-in solution for emerging set top box and other high bandwidth applications, like the Triple Play service of voice, video and Internet over a single broadband connection in home networks."

Firecomms leads the development of devices to drive POF, a low-cost optical alternative to copper cabling. Due to its ease of use, large core tolerances, and low costs, POF is enjoying a huge growth in a wide range of applications. Created for consumer, industrial, and automotive applications in which plastic fiber can be used more easily and at lower cost than copper or glass fiber, POF is now used in millions of small area networks, such as those in use in many car models, and is rapidly gaining ground in home network and point-to-point interconnection. The POF market is estimated to be worth over $1 billion per year by the end of 2008. Firecomms new Fast Ethernet FOT, series EDL300, is currently shipping in volume quantities. This device can be ordered through Firecomms' sales organization ( in Japan, USA and Europe.

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