Mindready Solutions Unveils New Glass Optical Fiber 1394b Interfaces

12/17/2003 - Mindready Solutions, the leader in industrial-grade IEEE-1394 hardware, software and engineering services, announced its new glass optical fiber 1394b interfaces.

Development was based on a Mindready's SedNetTM PC104+ OHCI board, using a customized version of Agilent Technologies' HFBR-59L1 small form factor (SFF) 850nm fiber optic transceiver with extended temperature range (-40ºc, +85ºc) and Texas Instruments' TSB41BA3 1394b PHY (Physical Layer Controller). In laboratory tests, the board supported communication at distances of up to 500 meters node-to-node on multimode glass optical fiber at speeds of 400Mbps for both asynchronous and isochronous communications. Fully compliant with the IEEE-1394b glass optical interface specification (850nm SFF transceiver using LC type connectors), communications are immune to ambient electromagnetic noise and produce zero cable emissions.

Pushing research further, Mindready used a standard version of Agilent's HFCT-5951ATL SFF 1310nm fiber optic transceiver and single-mode optical fiber, so that 400Mbps asynchronous communications reached 680 meters while isochronous communications were extended up to the 1,000 meter mark. Isochronous communications can reach extended node-to-node lengths because no acknowledge receipts is required as in asynchronous mode.

These optical interfaces are available on PC104+ form factor and can now be implemented on all other of Mindready's 1394b hardware adapters, thus catering to a broader range of IEEE-1394b application needs.

The potential applications are vast, especially when high-bandwidth guaranteed communications are needed while requiring to span enhanced distances between nodes. Possible applications include, for example, life-threatening industrial or aerospace/defense environments where the operator must remain distant from the data capture area.

"These optical interfaces mark a new stage in the evolution of Mindready's 1394 product line," stated Marc Doré, Mindready's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In this regard, the collaboration between Agilent and Mindready at the design and development stages was exemplary, which drastically shortened these new optical interfaces time-to-market."

"We are delighted that Mindready turned to Agilent, the world's number one manufacturer of fiber optic transceivers, to meet their design and development requirements," said Tom Fawcett, Worldwide Marketing Manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Products Division. "The link and distance performance of our Ethernet/Fibre Channel and SONET/SDH transceiver modules provide an excellent complement to Mindready's innovative FireWire® subsystem solution."

About Mindready Solutions
Mindready Solutions Inc. (TSX: MNY) is a leading supplier of automation systems, embedded systems and test systems for the aerospace/defense, automotive, industrial, medical and telecommunication markets. Recognized as the world leader in industrial-grade IEEE-1394 / FireWire®-based products, systems and engineering services, Mindready offers complete innovative solutions based on this technology. Mindready's clients include Alcatel, Boeing, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel Networks, Rockwell Collins, Sanmina-SCI, Visteon and Wind River.

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