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OFC Daily Wrap - Monday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 12 March 2018

Day Two: the start of technical sessions (invited, tutorial and contributed talks), two symposia and two panels. Plus, it's the last day for Short Courses. Also, dispatches from the OFC Blog include a post on what comes after 400G/600G?

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Breaking the Optical Glass Ceiling – What comes after 400G/600G?

By Heidi Adams, IHS Market | Posted: 11 March 2018

Successive rounds of optical innovation and investment have delivered higher capacity networks with significantly decreased cost-per-bit transmitted.  In the near future, as we approach Shannon’s limit, gains will become more incremental, and the cost-per-bit of added capacity will become more linear. As an industry, will we be able to break through the optical glass ceiling to achieve terabit optical networks?

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OFC Daily Wrap - Sunday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 11 March 2018

Welcome to OFC. Learn how to access Technical Digest papers and get an overview of workshops offered today. Plus OFC Blogger Casimer deCustatis previews a year of innovations in 3 days at OFC.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Saturday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 10 March 2018

If you're coming to OFC on Sunday, there are two things to know in advance. There are road closures in effect in the morning. And Daylight Saving Time starts at 02:00 a.m. on Sunday.

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It’s Always Sunny in San Diego!

By James Kisner, Senior Vice President, Equity Division Loop Capital Markets | Posted: 8 March 2018

It’s that time of year again! The entire optical communications industry will converge upon one location at the 2018 Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference. OFC is returning next week to San Diego, California for the first time since 2010. We thought it would be interesting to compare a few facts about our world at that time (March 2010) compared to today:

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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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