Optical harness assembly and method

  • US 7,362,936 B2
  • Filed: 03/01/2006
  • Issued: 04/22/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/01/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An optical harness assembly, comprising:

  • at least one optical cable harness having a termination end;

    at least one electrical connector having connector pins for transporting electrical signals;

    at least one active connector conversion unit coupled between the termination end of the optical cable harness and the electrical connector comprising;

    signal conditioning circuitry for serializing signals from the connector pins of the at least one electrical connector; and

    at least one field programmable gate array (FPGA) for storing field programmed firmware coupled between the signal conditioning circuitry and the termination end of the at least one optical fiber for converting the electrical/optical signals; and

    a means for mapping the connector pins to the I/O ports of the signal conditioning circuitry.

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