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SDM: Spatial dividing mentality?

By David Nugent | Posted: 21 February 2012

“Attention, everyone. Would those in favour of SDM please form an orderly line on the left. Those in favour of MDM please disperse throughout the room whilst choreographing yourself into patterns of uniquely identifiable shape.”

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The next frontier in Optical Communication is the control plane

By Jim Theodoras | Posted: 15 February 2012

Shiny gold plated laser housings. Gleaming AWG wafers. Rainbow colored ribbon cables. Stuff. There is something exciting (dare I say tantalizing) about seeing new gadgets, and being the first to see, touch, and feel them. It always seems much of the buzz at #OFCNFOEC each year centers on the tangible. XFPs, QSFPs, CFPs, TOSA's, ROSA's, ribbon cables, etc. Yet, this year, I challenge attendees to resist their natural tendencies honed over centuries of evolution, and to look beyond mere devices.

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40/100G in Data Communications Networks

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 13 February 2012

We have been talking about 40G for more than 10 years now in telecommunications networks, but just for about three years for datacom ones. The first components were shown at OFC/NFOEC 2009, but we have yet to see them used in “real-world” networks. This is starting to change. Many early adopters such as Google, Facebook and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AIX) are now deploying switches and routers that have 40 and 100G ports

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New, Challenging Demands on Optical Transport an OFCNFOEC 2012 Focus

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 13 February 2012

When optical is the only transmission medium that can stay ahead of the accelerating global demand for broadband, there are going to be new challenges. This is an exciting theme that is being explored at OFCNFOEC 2012.

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When the Service Providers Talk at OFCNFOEC, The Vendors Listen

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 3 February 2012

The service providers sit atop the optical transport food chain. While these days carriers come in a variety of stripes and guises, the service providers are still the big boys with the most wampum--and the system and components vendors play off their lead.

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Environmental photonics: Is the glass always greener?

By David Nugent | Posted: 27 January 2012

OFC / NFOEC 2012 will host a great programme on Green Photonics. With sessions designed to stimulate discussion amongst delegates, permit me to contribute my own thoughts to the debate.

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Lighting the Data Center

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 24 January 2012

For many years now, fiber proponents have been adamant that “copper is dead” and indeed, we’ve pretty much seen this take hold in the public network for all but the last mile. Most of the world’s carriers have realized that in order to meet their customer’s insatiable demand for bandwidth, they have to use fiber. But what about the local area network (LAN) and the data center? Well, things are starting to change there as well. Starting with Gigabit Ethernet, fiber has made inroads into what has for almost 30 years been dominated by copper. And with 10G Ethernet now being adopted quicker than ever before, fiber is becoming an even larger part of the data center network.

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Hot Topics at OFCNFOEC 12 Include Coherent, IP-Optical, Ng PON, Faster Speeds

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 20 January 2012

OFCNFOEC provides an abundance of information that can take weeks to fully process once the attendee finally gets home. Topics that those coming to the show this year tell us they are focused on include coherent optics, the maturation of IP+optical networking, next generation passive optical networking, data centers, and faster transmission speeds.

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OFC/NFOEC 2012 to Address Strong Markets, Disaster's Impact, Technology Opportunities

By David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 3 January 2012

At no time in the 30 years I have covered the fiber optics industry has there been this much optical fiber produced by those who can, this many lasers and detectors made from those who have the facilities, this much global demand for the stuff that makes fiber optic networks.

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What’s new this year?

By Weihua Guan | Posted: 2 September 2011

Since the OFC/NFOEC 2012 invited presentations list is already online, I’ve started to take a look and think about which ones I should attend. As before, OFC/NFOEC 2012 demonstrates a strong connection between research and real applications. Leaders in various areas of optical communications and fiber optics present the most recent advances. For example, Dr. Willner will give a talk on polymer electro optic modulators and Dr. Gaeta will give a talk on nonlinear optical signal processing. I think it’s a precious chance that I will be exposed to such high level talks.

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