IEEE Std 802.3bv ”IEEE Standard for Ethernet Amendment 9: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 1000 Mb/s Operation Over Plastic Optical Fiber” was developed by the IEEE P802.3bv Gigabit Ethernet Over Plastic Optical Fiber Task Force and approved by the IEEE-SA Standards Board on February 14, 2017. Unlike traditional multimode and singlemode optical fibers having glass cores, plastic optical fiber (POF) cables are constructed with 1mm diameter polymer cores. Step-index POF optical fiber performance is specified in IEC 60793-2-40 A4a.2. POF cabling systems have high mechanical flexibility and low cost over reduced operating distances and are commonly deployed in home, industrial, and automotive networks.

This amendment specifies the first Ethernet protocol operating over POF media and defines three 1000 Mb/s Ethernet physical layer (PHY) specifications:

1000BASE-RHA:  1000 Mb/s using 1000BASE-H encoding over duplex plastic optical fiber cable and red light (approximately 650 nm) wavelength transmission tailored for home network and other consumer applications

1000BASE-RHB:  1000 Mb/s using 1000BASE-H encoding over duplex plastic optical fiber cable and red light (approximately 650 nm) wavelength transmission tailored for industrial applications

1000BASE-RHC:  1000 Mb/s using 1000BASE-H encoding over duplex plastic optical fiber cable and red light (approximately 650 nm) wavelength transmission tailored for automotive applications

Goals and Objectives for 1000 Mb/s over POF operation:

  • Preserve the IEEE 802.3/Ethernet frame format utilizing the IEEE 802.3 MAC
  • Preserve minimum and maximum frame size of the current IEEE 802.3 standard
  • Support full duplex operation only
  • Support a data rate of 1000 M/bs at the MAC/PLS service interface
  • For the automotive environment:
    • Specify operation over at least 15m of POF with 4 POF connections
    • Specify operation over at least 40m of POF with no POF connections
  • For the home and industrial environment specify operation over at least 50m of POF with 1 POF connection
  • Maintain a bit error ratio (BER) better than or equal to 10-12 at the MC/PLS service interface
  • Specify optional Energy-Efficient Ethernet for 1000 Mb/s over POF

The IEEE 802.3 Gigabit Ethernet Over Plastic Optical Fiber Call-For-Interest Consensus Presentation can be found here: http://www.ieee802.org/3/GEPOFSG/public/CFI/GigPOF%20CFI%20v_1_0_small.pdf

The Project Authorization Request (PAR), approved on December 10, 2014, can be found here: http://www.ieee802.org/3/bv/P802_3bv_PAR_approved_121214.pdf

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