Understanding Fiber Optic USB3 AOC: The Future-proof Solution

November 13, 2023
Fiber optic USB AOC, have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their ability to solve the limitations of traditional copper cables. AOCs combine the advantages of traditional cables with the high-speed, long-distance capabilities of optical fiber.

AOC Solution overcomes the limitations of USB3

The USB3 offers faster data transfer speeds compared to its predecessors, making it ideal for high-speed devices such as external hard drives and cameras. However, the maximum recommended length for a USB3 passive copper cable is 3 meters, beyond which data transfer speeds may be compromised.

USB AOCs Introduction

To overcome the distance limitation of USB 3.2 Gen2 specification (10 Gbps), AOCs have been adopted. These cables utilize fiber optic technology to transmit data signals over extended distances. The usage of fiber optic cables offers numerous advantages, including:

  • Longer Length: USB AOCs can transmit data over longer distances than traditional copper cables. This makes them suitable for use in large installations or where devices are widely spaced.
  • Resistance to EMI: Unlike copper cables, fiber optic cables are immune to electromagnetic interference. The data is transmitted as light impulses, so it's not affected by electromagnetic fields from nearby devices or power lines.
  • Flexibility and Thickness: Fiber optic cables are thinner and more flexible than copper cables. This makes them easier to install, especially in tight spaces or across long distances. Their reduced thickness also means more cables can be fit into a given conduit, allowing for greater expansion of a network.
  • Speed and Performance: USB3 AOCs provide high-speed data transmission, maintaining the superior performance of USB3 over longer distances without compromising data transfer rates.

In addition, the Fiber Optic AOC solution used for USB3 is also more reliable, more durable, and versatile.

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Applications of USB AOCs

  • Video Conferencing/Full-featured fiber optic USB3 Type-C: Efficient video conferencing systems require connecting various devices, which can be simplified by using long-distance full-featured fiber optic USB3. Learn more⇀
  • Machine Vision/Fiber optic USB3 with screw: Machine Vision cameras use fiber optic USB3 cables for instant data transmission up to 10 meters. These cables have secure screw connections to prevent accidental disconnections and are EMI-resistant to keep the production line unaffected. Learn more⇀
  • VR & AR/ Fiber optic USB Customized Solution: VR and AR technologies need real-time data transmission for a seamless experience. Fiber optic USB3 AOCs provide high-speed data transmission even over longer distances and can be customized to integrate data, media, and power in a single cable, revolutionizing the immersive experience. Learn more ⇀

Overall, fiber optic USB AOCs have revolutionized data transfer and connectivity in various industries. With their high-speed capabilities and ability to overcome the limitations of passive copper cables, USB3 AOCs have become essential in creating efficient and robust connections.

Relevant Products

USB3.2 Gen2 Full-featured AOC Type C-C
Support 10 Gbps, 4K video, and PD
USB3.2 Gen2 AOC TypeA-MicroB with screw
10 Gbps solution with screw
USB VR TypeC-TypeC
Fiber Optic, Module, USB3.2