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Hard Plastic Clad Fiber (H-PCF)

opticalfiber-h-pcf-imageH-PCF consists of silica core & plastic clad. It offers better performance than all plastic fiber & lower cost than all glass fiber. Easy connectivity and high strength are also key features of H-PCF. H-PCF is widely used for various applications from traffic surveillance cameras, Electric Toll Collection (ETC) to Factory Automation.

Comparison Between All-Glass Fiber, H-PCF and Plastic Fiber

Type of Fiber

Component

Simplicity of assembly with an optical connector

Attenuation

Core

Cladding

All-Glass Fiber
(AGF or GOF)

Silica Glass
(50µm, 62.5µm diam.)

Silica Glass
(125µm diam.)

Fairly Easy

1-3 dB/km

Hard Polymer-Clad Fiber
(H-PCF)

Silica Glass
(20µm diam.)

Hard Plastic
(230µm, 250µm diam.)

Very Easy

Min. 6 dB/km

Plastic Fiber
(APF or POF

Plastic
(980µm diam.)

Plastic
(1000µm diam.)

Very Easy

200-400 dB/km

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