While at the legendary Bell Laboratories in the 1990s, our founders invented the process for extruding a graded-index polymer optical fiber (GI-POF) from CYTOP®, a highly transparent amorphous fluoropolymer made by AGC, Inc. (formerly Asahi Glass Company). These scientists started Chromis Technologies in 2004 to commercialize this patented technology, offering a line of high-bandwidth, low-attenuation GI-POF known as GigaPOF® as an alternative to glass optical fiber for high-speed data communication and sensing applications.
In 2013, we introduced a series of award-winning HDMI active optical cables – made with GigaPOF – to enable uncompressed, zero-latency video transmission at distances up to 100 meters for commercial design-build integrators and residential custom installers to use in high-end digital signage and audio-video projects.
To achieve supply-chain independence from AGC – the sole source of the raw material needed to make GigaPOF – and in order to create new types of high-temperature data communication and sensing POF not possible with CYTOP – we recruited experienced former DuPont chemists and polymer scientists to develop and produce our own amorphous fluoropolymers.
We now offer standard products in the CyclAFlor™ family and are able to create an unlimited variety of bespoke formulations for industrial applications that go well beyond our POF origins.