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Photonic-powered cable assembly

United States Patent

January 22, 2013
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A photonic-cable assembly includes a power source cable connector ("PSCC") coupled to a power receive cable connector ("PRCC") via a fiber cable. The PSCC electrically connects to a first electronic device and houses a photonic power source and an optical data transmitter. The fiber cable includes an optical transmit data path coupled to the optical data transmitter, an optical power path coupled to the photonic power source, and an optical feedback path coupled to provide feedback control to the photonic power source. The PRCC electrically connects to a second electronic device and houses an optical data receiver coupled to the optical transmit data path, a feedback controller coupled to the optical feedback path to control the photonic power source, and a photonic power converter coupled to the optical power path to convert photonic energy received over the optical power path to electrical energy to power components of the PRCC.
Sanderson; Stephen N. (Albuquerque, NM), Appel; Titus James (Albuquerque, NM), Wrye, IV; Walter C. (Houston, TX)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 687,652
January 14, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was developed with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.