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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

FEV and Lightspeed develop plastic fibre optic automotive network

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk


FEV in the US has worked with Lightspeed Technologies to develop an automotive O/E (Optical and Electronic) system architecture technology using low cost, lightweight plastic fibre.

This will significantly reduce weight, the number of vehicle parts, and assembly costs, while improving system efficiency. Lightspeed has created an all fiber optic, zero software system for vehicles that replaces copper wiring and other heavy components, while increasing the integration level. The technology has already been proven in aircraft and military applications and provides additional security by making the system immune to EMI (electromagnetic interference), RFI (radio frequency interference) and EMP (electromagnetic pulse). 

The system requires zero software, instead replacing the operating system and application software with real-time, proprietary deterministic algorithms and look up tables. The functions are embedded into a proprietary Systems-on-a-Chip, increasing system reliability, MTBF and speed, while decreasing weight and power requirements.

Using its extensive knowledge of automotive hardware / software development and integration, calibration, deep electronics and vehicle systems expertise, FEV designs the vehicle architecture and components then integrates the system into the vehicle, optimizing the system's capabilities for an automotive application. A demonstrator vehicle will be the next step in the project's development.


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