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Luxtera to offer high-performance silicon photonics platform with TSMC

Created March 31, 2017

Luxtera, a pioneer in silicon photonics developments, has partnered with TSMC for next-generation silicon photonics manufacturing. This cooperation enables key technologies for future cloud, mobile infrastructure, enterprise, and high-performance computing platforms.

The companies are together developing what they are calling “an innovative silicon photonics technology platform” intended to more than double optical link performance while enabling four times the raw data rate of any competing silicon photonics solution.



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HiLight Semiconductor completes $6M ‘B’ series venture capital round

Created March 31, 2017

HiLight Semiconductor, based at the Southampton University Science Park, UK, has announced the completion of its third round of Venture Capital funding, following seed investment by Oyster Capital in 2013 and Series A funding led by Atlantic Bridge Capital in May 2015. The company also has offices in Bristol, UK, China, Taiwan and Japan.

The Series B funding is again led by Atlantic Bridge, with follow-on investments by Oyster Capital and Gary Steele, Executive Chairman. The round, totalling $6.1m also had participation from a new strategic investor.



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Rohde & Schwarz launches oscilloscope with 10-bit vertical resolution and touchscreen

Created March 31, 2017

At Embedded World 2017, in March in Nuremberg, Germany, Rohde & Schwarz premiered its RTB2000 entry-level oscilloscope for education, R&D and manufacturing. Prices start from just €1,250 and the scope delivers functionality previously only available in substantially higher priced oscilloscopes, the company claims.

The R&S explained the background to this development, “For most of the past three decades, oscilloscopes have predominantly offered 8 bits of vertical resolution, which allows a signal to be mapped to one of 256 vertical positions.”



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Exaring deploys Adva’s FSP 3000 for Cloud-based entertainment services

Created March 31, 2017

Adva Optical Networking has announced that the German digital service provider Exaring has deployed its technology in the country’s first fully integrated platform for IP entertainment services. Built on Adva’s FSP 3000 system, Exaring’s new national backbone network will transmit high-quality, on-demand television and gaming services to around 23 million households.

The 100Gbit/s core transport infrastructure, which also features Adva’s FSP Network Manager, has a total fibre length of 12,000km. Its reach, reliability and low latency were proven in rigorous large-scale field trials. Adva’s long-term partner Dacoso designed and implemented the network.



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QSFP-DD MSA Group announces form factor specification

Created March 31, 2017

The Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD) Multi Source Agreement group has released a specification for the new QSFP-DD form factor. In total, 52 companies came together in support of the QSFP-DD MSA to address the industry need for high-density, high-speed networking solutions.

Established in March 2016, the QSFP-DD MSA group accepted the challenge to meet the market demand for a next generation high-density, high-speed pluggable module form factor. The MSA group has succeeded in releasing a specification with broad market support that overcomes the technical challenges of specifying a QSFP28 compatible double-density interface.



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US FTTH organisation rebrands as Fiber Broadband Association

Created March 30, 2017

FTTH Council Americas President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold has announced that the association has launched a modernised brand that it believes will better reflect the evolution and makeup of the industry it represents, and the services its members deliver. The new brand and descriptor is “Fiber Broadband Association, accelerating the connected future” and will be the association’s formal name in all aspects of its public image.

“The Fiber Broadband Association represents members that are building the world’s highest-performing fibre optic broadband networks for consumers at home, businesses and the critical role fibre plays supporting new and emerging technologies like 5G wireless networks,” said Burnett Gold. “Modernising our brand acknowledges this evolution and brings a new sense of excitement into our effort to represent an industry, inclusive of other fibre-supported technologies with a common goal of building the world’s fastest-growing technology platform for consumers, businesses and innovation.”



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Fujitsu on pole for fronthaul

Created March 30, 2017

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. has announced the availability of the HSN8110A/D Pole-Mount Transport Multiplexer as the newest addition to its family of Smart CPRI Transport solutions. The HSN8110A/D, optimised for outdoor small cell sites, provides CPRI fronthaul transport between remote radio heads (RRHs) and a centralised baseband unit (BBU) in Centralised Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architectures, or serves as an Ethernet backhaul interface for distributed RAN architectures.

Announced in March 2016, Fujitsu’s Smart CPRI Transport solution is designed to provide an intelligent means by which mobile network operators can implement C-RAN architectures. Specifically designed to support advanced C-RAN fronthaul deployments, the solution contains a smart WDM system with integrated diagnostics, remote visibility, self-healing functionality, and ultra-low latency.



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BT and Ofcom reach agreement on future governance of Openreach

Created March 28, 2017

BT and Ofcom have reached agreement on a long-term regulatory settlement that will see Openreach become a distinct, legally separate company with its own Board, within the BT Group. The agreement is based upon voluntary commitments submitted by BT that the regulator has said meet its competition concerns.



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Photonics components developer Optoscribe opens new facility in Scotland

Created March 28, 2017

Livingston, Scotland-based company Optoscribe, a global supplier of glass-based integrated photonic components, is pleased to announce it has opened a new facility to accommodate rapid growth and future expansion plans.

The new 7,400 square foot building includes a Class 1,000 laser processing clean room and a Class 10,000 assembly, characterisation, test & assembly clean room. In addition, the new facility has ample expansion space to accommodate the company’s aggressive growth plans over the next few years.



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OFC 2017: GigPeak live demos addressed challenges of network, Cloud growth

Created March 28, 2017

GigPeak, a developer of semiconductor ICs and software solutions for high-speed connectivity and high-quality video compression over the network and Cloud, showcased a range of new products at OFC 2017, demonstrating the massive growth in the datacentre and telecom markets – and how to deal with it.

The company commented that its latest solutions could help solve the challenges associated with increasing requirements for higher densities and greater speeds as Cloud and networking services become ever more central to consumers’ lives.



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