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CyOptics raises $50m for optical components

14 February 2011
Israeli venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) has led a $50 million investment round in optical components company CyOptics.  Part of the funding is traditional investment in the company, which has raised $204m since its inception; part of the funding is being used to buy out existing investors that want to exit.


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100 Gigabit OTN supports high-bandwidth applications

31 January 2011.
AppliedMicro’s TPACK unit has unveiled its first 100 Gigabit Optical Transport Network (OTN) designs. The first two devices - the TPOT414 and TPOT424 - perform 100 Gigabit mapping and framing functions, while a third is a 100 Gigabit OTN muxponder (multiplexer-transponder) design.
 


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HP goes green with Energy Efficient Ethernet switches

31 January 2011 
HP has announced the first Ethernet switch modules that make use of the IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard. The standard, ratified in October 2010, is designed to save power by putting the Ethernet physical layer (PHY) to sleep when the network is idle.  Several vendors including Broadcom and Vitesse Semiconductor have chips that support the standard.
 

 



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Infinera plans pick-and-mix modulation

31 January 2011.
Systems vendor Infinera has developed software-configurable optical modulation for its coherent optical transmission systems.  Called FlexCoherent, the new technology will allow carriers to choose which coherent optical modulation format they would like to operate on a particular 40 or 100Gbps route.
 


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Light Peak: Let there be copper?

31 January 2011.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, Intel confirmed that Light Peak will reach the market in 2011 but that, despite the name, the first implementation of the new interconnect technology will use copper cabling rather than fibre-optics.
 


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Molex buys Luxtera

31 January 2011.
Fibre-optic connector specialist Molex has purchased the active optical cable (AOC) business developed by US start-up Luxtera, including its QSFP+ (Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable) 40Gbps Ethernet and InfiniBand products and customers.  Although the amount of the deal was undisclosed, a report from business publication Fortune put it in excess of $20 million.
 


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