• 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

OIF Sets New Interoperability Standards: Showcasing Cutting-Edge Demonstrations at OFC

By Mike Klempa, OIF Physical & Link Layer Interoperability Working Group Chair and Alphawave Semi | Posted: 22 February 2024

OIF has always been at the forefront of collaboration and advancement in the optical networking industry, recognized as the hub where interoperability solutions thrive. In this blog, OIF's Mike Klempa describes the next step in the pluggable coherent roadmap for interoperability.

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OFC 2024 Hot Topics: AI Networks, 3.2 Tbps Optics, Linear Drive Pluggable Optics vs. Co-Packaged Optics vs. Coherent Optics

By Sameh Boujelbene | Posted: 16 February 2024

OFC, the foremost global event in optical communications and networking, draws attendees from around the world interested to learn about the latest advancements and innovations in the industry. This blog from Sameh Boujelbene discusses the data center market for intra and inter-data center applications and what key topics will take the center stage at the conference.

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PON Expands Its Global Reach

By Jeff Heynen, Dell'Oro Group | Posted: 14 February 2024

After five years of revenue growth, 2023 witnessed an overall decline in PON equipment revenue, ending a period of fiber network expansion that was further catalyzed by both public and private capital. Jeff Heynen, Dell'Oro Group, covers what's new for PON worldwide.

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PON’s momentum continues: an overview of market dynamics including importance of sustainability

By Julie Kunstler, Chief Analyst, Broadband Access Intelligence Service | Posted: 5 January 2024

PON-based networks are continuing to grow for both public networks and private networks, reflecting fiber efficiency and energy savings.

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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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