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Huber+Suhner doubles fibre density with new connector

13th March 2013
 
Swiss company Huber+Suhner AG says its new LC-XD fibre-optic connector will double the density of optical fibres per rack while also making it easier to manipulate fibres in central offices and data centres. Launched at the FTTH Conference 2013 in London, the new connector is designed to reduce space requirements, control costs and improve operational efficiency.
 


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GigOptix and Fraunhofer-HHI partner on 100G polymer transceivers

13th March 2013
 
Semiconductor specialist GigOptix, Inc. has partnered with the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute (HHI) in Germany to develop a volume production process for 100Gbps pluggable CFP and CFP2 optical transceiver modules based on polymer technology. CFP modules support high-speed telecom applications such as coherent 100Gbps optical transmission.
 


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Compass-EOS puts optical interface directly onto core router chip

13th March 2013
 
Start-up Compass-EOS has announced availability of an IP core router based on an electronic chip with a terabit-plus optical interface. 
 


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Avago's 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ delivers 550m reach

13th March 2013
 
A slew of optical transceiver announcements are expected in the coming days to coincide with the upcoming OFC/NFOEC conference and exhibition. 
 


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Skorpios demos silicon-embedded tunable laser

13th March 2013
 
Silicon photonics start-up Skorpios Technologies is getting close to delivering its first product: a full C-band tunable laser manufactured in a commercial semiconductor foundry.
 


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Russia dominates FTTH expansion in Europe

13th March 2013
 
2012 was a very important year for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) adoption in Europe, according to IDATE, the analyst firm that compiles the FTTH Market Panorama for the FTTH Council Europe. About 35% of subscribers in the European region, including Russia and its neighbours, were new subscribers during the year. “Fibre to the home is starting to see real commercial success,” said Roland Montagne, director of the telecoms business unit at IDATE.
 


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Netronome demos an OpenFlow reference design

7th March 2013

Fabless semiconductor company Netronome has demonstrated a flow processor chip implementing the OpenFlow protocol, an open standard implementation for software-defined networking (SDN).



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EU budget cuts hit investment in broadband infrastructure

19th February 2013
 
Investing in broadband infrastructure is not a priority for Europe, judging by recent developments at the European Commission. The Commission had planned to invest €9.2 billion in broadband and digital services, but budget cuts have reduced that amount to just €1 billion.


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Alcatel-Lucent activates 400G wavelength for France Telecom

19th February 2013
 
France Telecom-Orange and Alcatel-Lucent claim to have deployed “the world’s first optical link with a capacity of 400 Gbps per wavelength” on a live fibre-optic link between Paris and Lyon. This connection represents an important milestone for long-distance terrestrial network technology, the companies say.
 


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Silica microwires: the answer to optical interconnects?

19th February 2013
 
Silica microwires, if they could be manufactured or self-assembled in place, have the potential to operate as tiny optical interconnects, says a team of researchers from Australia and France. By carefully controlling the shape of water droplets with an ultraviolet laser, the researchers have found a way to encourage silica nanoparticles to self-assemble into uniform silica wires.
 


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