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Optics to Enable 5G Mobile Networks

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 1 March 2018

The wireless infrastructure market is evolving. While mobile operators must maintain their 2G and 3G networks, they are also busy upgrading as much of them as they can to LTE and LTE-A now and planning for 5G in the next few years. As a result, we are now starting to see entirely new types of equipment.
 

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1.2T -- The Next Frontier

By Ferris Lipscomb, NeoPhotonics | Posted: 23 February 2018

Here’s a prediction for OFC 2018:  400G is now considered “slow,” so get ready for “1.2T” -- as in 1.2Terabits per second transmission, which is the next big threshold in optical communications. One Terabit is 1000 Gigabits, which in turn is 1000 Megabits. So a Terabit is a trillion bits. The reason people are now turning to Terabit transmission is that data centers demand it, and a new generation of electronics and optical components are making it feasible.

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Optical Data Center Interconnect: Hot and Highly Competitive

By Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking, ACG Research | Posted: 9 February 2018

As we get ready to travel to San Diego, California, for the 2018 OFC Conference and Exhibition March 11–15, I have been reflecting on the data center interconnect (DCI) market and thinking about what we might see at OFC this year.

Although the overall optical networking market struggled through the first three quarters of 2017, the optical DCI use-case, specifically the small form factor (SFF) appliance (“pizza-box”) category, continues to be one of the hottest growth segments in optical networking. Total optical DCI revenue has grown by over 24% y-y through the first three quarters of 2017 with the SFF appliance category increasing at a blistering 81% y-y.  Optical DCI now represents over 17% of high-speed optical spending in the metro and long-haul markets.
 

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Is This the Right Time for Optical Companies to Invest?

By Alan Varghese, LightCounting Market Research | Posted: 8 February 2018

With the confluence of multiple major trends such as 5G, Big data, AI, IoT, AR/VR, Autonomous driving - all signs signal a positive investment cycle. Confidence is high for 2018 as the optical and semiconductor industry builds next-gen scalable platforms to intercept these trends.

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A 2018 Look Ahead for Optical Networking Trends in the Hyperscale Data Center

By Macom | Posted: 7 February 2018

Previously, we forecasted some 2018 trends in the RF semiconductor domain, addressing the impact of digitization on legacy RF functionality, the demand for multi-mission capability for defense and civil applications, and the industry’s continued dependence on diodes to enable key system functionality.
 
Here we’ll turn our attention from RF to Light, and offer some predictions for the optical networking domain in 2018, with a special focus on hyperscale data centers, where the pace of innovation is hitting breakthrough strides.

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A Year of Innovations in 3 Days at OFC

By Casimer deCusatis | Posted: 5 February 2018

Did you know that someday soon, a “fiberless” technology backed by industry heavyweights such as LinkedIn and HP (Open 19 Foundation) might enable up to 400 GB of raw bandwidth to the cloud without the need to run fibers to each individual server? Or that the new 8K ultra-high definition televisions (UHDTV) are using plastic optical fiber? How about that new 16 nm technology for silicon CMOS devices at 600 GB/s; could it be related to machine learning networks, or perhaps the ON2020 roadmaps

If you didn’t recognize many of these topics but would like to learn more, then you’re in luck; these and many more will be on tap in one convenient place, the OFC 2018 Technical Conference and Exhibition, this coming March 11-15. Let’s take a quick look at the breadth of exciting technologies that are on the schedule.

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The state of telecom in 2017

By Dr. Scott T. Wilkinson, Senior Director of Portfolio Marketing, ECI Telecom | Posted: 28 December 2017

Perhaps you’re at a party or a family gathering. Perhaps you’re on a crowded plane or in a cab or Uber with a talkative driver. Wherever you are, when strangers meet the question inevitably comes up, ‘So what do you do?’ For those of us in telecommunications, we have a choice of answers depending on the audience. I like to start with ‘I work in telecommunications’ and see if I get blank stares or knowing nods before trying to go any deeper. On those occasions when knowing nods trump blank stares, the conversation almost always moves to, ‘So what’s the next big thing in technology?’

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A Quarter per Gigabit: Bargain Rates on 100G Optical Links

By Casimer deCusatis | Posted: 19 December 2017

At OFC 2017 the industry was challenged yet again to deliver a gigabit/second of optical link capacity for under twenty-five cents. The debate continues over whether this is achievable, and whether vendors can sustain a business model at this price point.

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Surveying the New Optical Form Factors for 400 Gigabit Ethernet

By By Nathan Tracy, Ethernet Alliance, Lightwave, © 2017 PennWell Corp. | Posted: 5 December 2017

Targeted for massive aggregation of data across an array of applications, 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400GbE) is on schedule for standardization this year within the IEEE 802.3bs™ Ethernet Working Group. Development of new and faster electrical and optical signaling technologies is simultaneously underway across the ever-expanding Ethernet ecosystem.

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Cloud Data Center Evolution - From 0 to 400G

By Macom | Posted: 16 November 2017

Cloud services and consumer products that rely on Cloud Data Centers have created a rapid evolution in Data Center capabilities. As services like the Internet of Things (IoT), audio/video content delivery, big data processing and social media continue to demand greater speeds, the Cloud Data Center industry is making strides to create solutions that are energy efficient and easily expandable. As a result, the need for low cost 100G is creating a shift in how the industry approaches the backbone hardware that enables Cloud Data Centers to respond and expand for both commercial and consumer needs. As Cloud Data Center providers work to find energy efficient low-cost solutions, the industry is looking toward future requirements that meet these needs as well. The evolution from 0 to 100G is just the beginning.

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