Polymer Optical Fiber

The Fiber Optic POF (Polymer Optical Fiber) system solutions ensure stable transmission even under harsh conditions, such as cable tension, bending, and thermal stress. They are actually ideally suited to such conditions thanks to the use of robust ODU connectors. By design, the contacts – and thus the entire system solution – are largely impervious to soiling. For short transmission distances, POF technology is a particularly cost‐effective solution.

Technical data*

Fiber Optic Expanded Beam Performance Expanded Beam Physical Contact Polymer Optical Fiber
Contact Type Expanded Beam Expanded Beam PC / APC PC
Insertion loss <0.7 dB (SM)/<0.3 dB (MM) ≤ 1,5 dB ≤ 0.5 dB ≤ 1.5 dB
Return loss ≥ 55dB (SM)/ ≥35dB (MM) ≥ 32 dB (Multimode) > 40 dB (Singlemode) / > 30 dB (Multimode)
Mating cycles(**) 25,000 100,000 1,000 10,000
Cleaning Every 5,000 mating cycles (***) Every 20,000 mating cycles(***) Before each mating cycle(***) No cleaning required
Temperature range –40 °C to +80 °C –40 °C bis +85 °C –25 °C to +75 °C –40 °C to +85 °C
Fiber types Multimode 50 / 125 μm – Singlemode 9 / 125 μm Multimode 50 / 125 μm Multimode 50 / 125 μm – Singlemode 9 / 125 μm 980 / 1,000 μm

*) Contact transition only, specifics of the connector series may deviate
**) Tested under controlled conditions
***) Cleaning instructions



Features of our Polymer Optical Fiber Technology

  • Fiber only and hybrid systems
  • High number of mating cycles (up to 10,000)
  • POF system solutions for harsh environments
  • High flexural strength
  • Cost‐efficient optical connection for short transmission distances
  • Robust and reliable optical connection
  • Fast transmission of high data rates
  • IP68 sealing (in the mated condition)
  • For indoors, outdoors, and harsh environments
  • Available in the ODU MEDI‐SNAP®, ODU MINI‐SNAP®, ODU AMC®, ODU-MAC® series

ODU's Expanded Beam Performance fiber technology is available in these product series:

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