Research Content

IT related Material

Plastic Optical Fibers, Opening New frontiers for the Mutimedia World

Plastic optical fiber(POF)

Car Network System  [Zoom]
Home Network System  [Zoom]
Optical Fiber illumination
   Mitsubishi Rayon is the world’s leading manufacturer of POF (plastic optical fiber), with a 70% of the global market share. POF remains flexible even at large diameters, a feature unavailable with quartz-based optical fibers. For use at lengths of 100 meters or less, as in vehicles and residences, it is the optimal optical fiber.
   POF is being used for high-speed, high-volume in-car networks (onboard LANs), particularly in European vehicles. We have leveraged the lightweight and broadband-compatible characteristics of POF to develop a vehicle-use POF with advanced functionality and high reliability that is also very simple to handle. And with demand for the increasingly popular digital TV and other digital appliances continuing to grow, we have become the first company in the world to develop and produce new types of POF, such as ESKAMEGA and Eska-MIU, which are capable of high-speed transmission, and are suited for use in residences and other environments with short-distance transmission requirements.
   We have also developed a broad range of products, for such fields as sensors, illumination equipment, and decorations and other applications.
   As a pioneer in plastic optical fibers, Mitsubishi Rayon has developed optical fibers for use in a broad range of applications, and we continue to be actively engaged in R&D focusing on the development of new applications using optical fiber.


   RODLENS is a gradient-index rod lens, comprising an optical fiber cut to a specific length and having a refractive index gradient in the radial direction. Our RODLENS is a unique only product made by plastic with a controlled refractive index gradient. Our RODSCOPE, which comprises RODLENS integrated in a unidimensional array, can be found in over 90% of household faxes, and is widely used in multifunctional digital devices, scanners, and other reading devices. By combining our expertise in optical technology, gained through our work with optical fibers, with our proprietary graded-refractive index molding technology, we are focusing our R&D on the development of an expanded product array designed to meet the exacting specifications of high-resolution applications.