BKSTEC Develop World’s First Fiber Optic USB4 Cables

March 16, 2022
BKSTEC and partners create first-ever USB4 Gen 3x2 fiberoptic cables, providing connectivity speeds of up to 40 Gbps at 5 meters in length

Taipei, Taiwan -March 16, 2022 - BKSTEC, a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of fiber optic cables, today proudly announced the world’s firstUSB4 fiber optic cables. Developed in collaboration with FOCI Fiber Optic Communications, Inc, and IC design company Rafael Micro, these leading-edge cables are compliant with USB4 Gen 3x2, providing nominal dual-lane data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps, twice the bandwidth of current USB 3.0 cable solutions.

“By harnessing more than twenty years of cable manufacturing experience we are able to deliver the first cables that fully exploit the potential bandwidth of USB4,” commented BKSTEC chairman Sean Chen. “USB4 fiberoptic cables are poised to reshape the way we interact with the world, playing a vital role in next generation Metaverse, VR, and AR applications.”

Fiber optic cables eclipse traditional copper and modern wireless network solutions in terms of data bandwidth, and are currently the only way to achieve data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps, the ultimate destination of USB4. BKSTEC USB4fiber optic cables are lightweight and flexible, making them ideal for the latest VR, AR and Metaverse applications, providing reliable, responsive and fast data transfers that power next generation immersive experiences.

“As a pioneer of fiber optic cable components, FOCI is delighted to joint-engineer with BKSTEC to produce the world’s first full bandwidth USB4 fiber optic cable solutions, ”commented DD Hu, GM. “Our dedication to advancing fiber optic technology is helping to create a more connected world, including the broader metaverse eco-systems of tomorrow.”

BKSTEC USB4cables have an outer dimension of only 4.5mm, are available at lengths of up to five meters and use slim, rotationally symmetrical USB Type-C connectors. BKSTEC cables have been developed to ensure USB 3.2 backward compatibility, and full support for USB Power Delivery so that connected headsets and other devices can be powered and charged while connected.

“Our mission at Rafael Micro has always been to provide partners with market-leading CMOS solutions that go the extra mile in terms of performance and compatibility,” commented Ted Sun, CEO. “We are proud that our unique background as a worldwide leader of custom IC designs has contributed to the first-ever USB4 optic cable solution.”

As well as pushing boundaries to pioneer the very latest connectivity standards, BKSTEC also employs rigorous testing to eliminate all possibilities of a connection failure, signal loss, or interference. All our USB4 cables are tested in terms of bending stress, signal integrity, compression resilience, and compatibility to ensure that they meet the highest industrial.

BKSTEC’s CTO, Hsintse Tsai, unveils the word’s first USB4 with live demonstration to an live audience.

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