HOW TO DESIGN OPTICAL FIBER CABLES FOR INTERCONNECT SOLUTIONS IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS EMMANUEL BOURELLE, PRODUCT DESIGN ENGINEER, AXON’ CABLE BRUNO GIACOMINI, R&D PROJECT MANAGER, AXON’ CABLE STÉPHANE WATIER, INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGER, AXON’ CABLE SANDRINE HERMANT, MARKETING PROJECT MANAGER, AXON’ CABLE
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26 For two decades, the need for ever-increasing capacity and speed to move data through our electronic devices has generated the deployment of millions of kilometers of optical fiber across the planet, thus enabling the creation of very high-speed networks. In telecommunications, the advantages linked to fiber optics, including high data rate and reliable transmission (EMI protection), have been known to engineers for a very long time. Today we consider technologies related to photonics to have reached maturity. However, for harsh environments, such as avionics and defense, key issues related to high temperatures, vibration, and shock must be considered to maximize the efficiency of optical technologies. In space, requirements are even more critical, as the photonic payload must also
Used in communication systems, navigation, sensing, and weapon systems, optical fiber technology is designed for: • Data transmission with high data rate up to 40 Gb/s • Optoelectronics devices such as transceivers for optical-to-electrical conversion • Modulation of a radio frequency signal and transmission over optical fiber (RF over fiber) • Power supply through a fiber optical cable (Power over fiber) • Optical sensor with optical fiber cable for sensing technology
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