High-speed transmission over optical fiber connector can be achieved when the optical axes are completely aligned. However, when the equipment and the cable's connection portions are detachable, it is difficult to precisely align optical axes at the connection, leading to poor connectivity and other defects. That has hampered the deployment of optical fiber cables in video transmission cables with detachable connectors.
Working with KAI Photonics Co., Ltd., a venture from Japan's Keio University, Panasonic developed connector-equipped cables that adopt "plastic optical fiber and its connection technology using ballpoint-pen type interconnect." Further, by applying Panasonic's technology for the multi-level modulation of broadband signals, a transmission bandwidth exceeding 100 Gbps was achieved with a single cable.
Anticipating the spread of the corporate use of 8K devices in the B2B market, Panasonic aims to make this innovative connector cable technology an international standard.