The Road from Polymer Optical Fiber to Active Optical Cables and Amorphous Fluoropolymers
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. With this new capability, we began exploring other use cases for these unique materials.
Currently, we offer several standard products in the CyclAFlor™ family, as well as an unlimited variety of bespoke formulations, for a diverse and expanding array of high-value industrial applications that go well beyond our POF origins.