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RFOptic Announces 100th Deployment of Its Programmable RF Over Fiber (RFoF) Link

Standard RF Over Fiber (RFoF) Link

Standard RF Over Fiber (RFoF) Link


Since its availability in early 2017 RFOptic’s new programmable RFoF links have been a huge hit. Users, in the field, have been able to adjust “program” the RFoF modules’ gain and other parameters to counter the issues faced during deployments.

RFOptic and its North American partner, Summit Communications Solutions are proud to announce the 100th Deployment of their Programmable RF Over Fiber (RFoF) Link. Through RFoF link’s Windows based GUI users can adjust S21 System Gain, P1dB Compression Point and Noise Figure parameters. By turning on or off its internal Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA) and adjusting the built-in attenuator users can achieve system gain levels between 0 to 40 dB and Noise Figure as low as 5 dB.

Various models of the RFoF modules operate from 0.5 MHz (500 KHz) up to 2.5 GHz, 3 GHz, or 6 GHz. Customers have been using these links to transport UHF, VHF, GPS, L-Band, S-Band and lower portion of the C-Band RF signals. The low frequency start point enables these links to carry 10 MHz satellite reference signal and other signals close to DC.

These Rx and TX modules have built-in diagnostic capability. The embedded Radio Frequency and Optical meters can measure the power levels to identify any potential issues on the fiber link. Furthermore, the units can self-inject a small RF signal to perform an end-to-end test.

Tx and Rx modules’ small size 2.8”x2.8”x0.9” and light weight create many flexible deployment options. While some customers take advantage of the drill holes to attach them on panels, many simply connect them using Velcro. Further, to provide deployment flexibility various enclosures are also available. IP-65 rated outdoor enclosure can house up to 2 (Tx or Rx) modules. 1U and 2U rack mountable enclosures can house up to 4 or 8 modules respectively.

Due to low power consumption cooling is not required. The modules can be fed using simple 5V to 12V AC/DC adapters or even with batteries. The connection to the computer is done through the popular USB interface. The laser wavelength can be 1310nm or 1550nm based on customer requirements. For more solution details see https://www.rfoptic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/rfof-programmable-6.0GHz.pdf

Dr. Avner Sharon RFOptic, CEO and CTO said, “We have explored long term customer needs and developed a solution that can be tailored based on customer needs. Since the fiber technology is tricky, our RFoF Solutions provide a customizable solution with maximum flexibility to the customer during field deployment. Our team is very excited about this solution’s market acceptance and success”

RFOptic Ltd. https://www.rfoptic.com/ is a global provider of advanced RF Over Fiber and Electro Optical solutions designed for civil and defense markets. RFOptic solutions include RFoF links up to 20 GHz and Optical Delay Lines up to 40 GHz with up to 256 delay line combinations. RFOptic solutions are used in Cellular Communications, Satcom, DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems), as well as demanding applications such as Land, Airborne & Marine Radar, and Electronic Warfare. RFOptic designs, manufactures, distributes and maintains its solutions through a worldwide network of partners.

Summit Communications Solutions, Corp, https://www.summitcsc.com, is RFOptic’s long-term partner in delivering high quality RFoF, and ODL Solutions to North American defense contractors, recording studios and research laboratories and universities. SummitCSC consultants provide technical and commercial support for the whole North American region.