• Technical Conference:  30 March – 03 April 2025
  • Exhibition: 01 – 03 April 2025
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA

OFC Blog

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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Why I’m Attending OFC/NFOEC 2012

By Weihua Guan | Posted: 2 August 2011

The 2012 OFC/NFOEC conference is particularly attractive since the optical communication market is going through a big change. Since last year, the optical communications industry has attracted more investments and created more jobs.

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Welcome to the OFC/NFOEC 2012 conference blog.

By Angela Stark | Posted: 8 June 2011

Welcome to the OFC/NFOEC 2012 conference blog. Though the 2012 conference and exhibition are more than seven months away, we are happy to kick things off online with the launch of the 2012 website and blog. From paper submission info to a running list of 2012 exhibitors, the OFC/NFOEC website will house everything you need to know about the conference and exhibits.

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Report from the OFC/NFOEC Service Provider Summit

By C. David Chaffee | Posted: 10 March 2011

Andrew Bach, keynote speaker for the Service Provider Summit at OFC/NFOEC Wednesday morning, presented the daunting challenge the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is facing--having to transmit millions of trades in microsecond timeframes.

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"Gigabit Society" is Theme of OFC/NFOEC 2011 Plenary

By C. David Chaffee | Posted: 9 March 2011

“We are on the way to the gigabit society,” said OFC/NFOEC 2011 keynote speaker Bruno Orth Tuesday morning at the plenary session. Orth defines the gigabit society as a mobile broadband photonic network that is all IP. “The price for WDM has gone down tremendously over the past decade,” said Orth. Router performance is much better than Moore's law would estimate.

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The Need for Speed

By Terry Unter | Posted: 8 March 2011

The explosive growth of the Internet is driving a “need for speed” in core and access networks. User traffic is expected to increase five times between 2009 and 2014. This is being driven by video content delivery to fixed and mobile users, video gaming, social networking, and voice over IP. Bandwidth is being provided by traditional telecom service providers and new-comers, such as Google and Facebook, who are creating their own captive networks.

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The Evolving Optical Components Market

By Alain Couder | Posted: 7 March 2011

This week I’ll have an opportunity to present at the OSA Executive Forum, held in conjunction with OFC/NFOEC, on a panel titled “Where is the Optical Components Market Going?” This is going to be a very interesting discussion highlighting some of the challenges our industry is facing and how we overcome them to achieve long-term sustainable growth.

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