The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Celebrating 50 Years of Light-speed Connections

Celebrating 50 Years of Light-speed Connections

In 1970, two significant technical achievements led to the development of practical fiber optical communications: the demonstration of low-loss fibers (16db/km) and the first room-temperature semiconductor lasers. Since then, numerous other breakthroughs have led to increasing the bandwidth and reach of fiber links, enabling the World Wide Web, video streaming, trans-oceanic high capacity links, high-capacity wireless communications and many other data services. 

Come celebrate the successes of the OFC community that have facilitated light-speed connections between individuals and businesses across geographic and oceanic boundaries. 

Highlights include:

Special Keynote Tuesday, 10 March, 2020, 18:15 – 19:00

The evolution of technology is often a history of firsts. The initial demonstration of low-loss fibers and CW diode lasers  have led to other important developments including: the first electrically pumped VCSEL, the first transatlantic fiber cable, commercial WDM systems, the deployment of InP photonic integrated circuits and the commercialization of silicon photonics to mention a few. This special presentation from one of our industry’s leaders looks back at 50 years of discovery and its impact on society. The talk will conclude with a brief glimpse into the near-term future.


The Timeline of Innovation 

As we look back at the discoveries of years past and speculate about what is yet to come, OFC unveils a unique show-floor exhibit that surveys 50 years of optical fiber innovations — from the first demonstration of low-loss fiber in 1970 to efficient 400GbE transport at any distance today. Browse the timeline of milestones, and see the progression of invention through artifacts and imagery.


Conference Reception Tuesday 10 March, 2020, 19:00 - 20:30

The special keynote will be followed by an enhanced, themed conference reception featuring an array of food and drink.


The John Tyndall Award Exhibit

The Tyndall Award, established in 1987 and jointly presented by IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society (OSA), has been bestowed upon 33 visionaries who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of optical-fiber technology. The interactive exhibit introduces visitors to the recipients, their inventions and innovations and the impact of their work.




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