• A Hybrid Conference – In-Person and Virtual Presentations
  • Technical Conference:  24 – 28 March 2024
  • Exhibition: 26 – 28 March 2024
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

OFC Blog

Key Challenges and Requirements for 800G MSA Pluggables

By Eugene Park, Senior Technology Marketing Manager for Acacia | Posted: 4 December 2023

In this blog, Eugene Park, Senior Technology Marketing Manager for Acacia, outlines key requirements for the upcoming generation of 800G MSA pluggable modules, intended to coincide with the availability of switch/router platforms utilizing next generation ASICs being introduced with 800G I/O port speeds

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Data centers contribute $2.1T to the U.S. economy

By Sean Buckley | Posted: 28 November 2023

Data Center Coalition (DCC) releases Data Center National Impact Study conducted by PwC.

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The power of networks: OFC plenaries explore how developments in technology can shape the world

By Becky Bosco, Ashley Collier, Leah Poffenberger, OFC Media Team | Posted: 23 March 2023

Patricia Obo-Nai, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Ghana; Jayshree V. Ullal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Arista; and Wendell P. Weeks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Corning Incorporated, headlined a plenary session on the past, present and a vision of the future of optical networking.

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Green Marathon

By Vlad Kozlov, LightCounting | Posted: 3 March 2023

OFC in San Diego is always a marathon. More than 10,000 runners repeatedly traverse the quarter mile stretch of the exhibit floor over three days. This year it will be a green event, since the main focus will be improving the power efficiency of optical connectivity. Numerous demos will be sending photons across fiber cables and many of these photons will be generated and detected with a record high efficiency.

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What is 100ZR and Why Does it Matter

By Harald Graber, Chief Commercial Officer, EFFECT Photonics | Posted: 13 February 2023

In June 2022, transceiver developer II‐VI Incorporated (now Coherent Corp.) and optical networking solutions provider ADVA announced the launch of the industry’s first 100ZR pluggable coherent transceiver. Discussions in the telecom sector about a future beyond 400G coherent technology have usually focused on 800G products, but there is increasing excitement about “downscaling” to 100G coherent products for certain applications in the network edge and business services. This article will discuss the market and technology forces that drive this change in discourse.

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High Speed Datacenter Optics Take Center Stage at OFC 2023

By Scott Wilkinson Lead Analyst – Optical Components Cignal AI | Posted: 17 January 2023

The high-profile headlines at OFC 2023 will focus on the latest advancements in high-speed coherent technologies – 1.2Tbps, 1.6Tbps, pluggable 800Gbps, etc. However, OFC 2023 will also offer an opportunity to see how much further and faster direct detect optics will take communications inside the data center.

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The growing and expanding PON market – a significant opportunity

By Julie Kunstler, Chief Analyst, Broadband Access Intelligence Service | Posted: 6 January 2023

CSPs (Communications Service Providers) and enterprises are deploying fiber access network infrastructure using passive optical network (PON)-based solutions, benefitting from PON’s many advantages, including fiber efficiency and energy savings. PON is easy to upgrade without requiring changes to the underlying ODN. Extensive 10G PON upgrades are underway, and “beyond 10G” implementations have begun. PON is the mainstream technology of choice for fiber-access networking across all regions.

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Brightening ROADM Networks

By Eugene Park | Posted: 6 December 2022

A renaissance is occurring in the optical networking industry, enabled by the introduction of 400G coherent pluggable modules. The target applications for these solutions continue to expand.

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OFC 2023 – The Drive to 3nm Will Push Innovation Limits and Drive Significant Announcements

By Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst, 650 Group (www.650group.com) | Posted: 5 December 2022

The entire data center and service provide (SP) industry are about to embark on their 3 nanometer (nm) design journey. The new designs will help drive a significant investment cycle by the data center and SP operators. The timing is good. OFC 2023 will see some of the most important product announcements since before the pandemic as vendors showcase what they have been working on behind closed doors for the past two years.

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Artificial Intelligence comes to OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 1 March 2022

While you might not associate OFC with topics such as machine learning (ML) or artificial intelligence (AI), these technologies are actually playing an increasingly important role in many types of optical communication research. In this blog, we’ll take a look at two of the OFC workshops on these topics that you won’t want to miss.

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