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IBM silicon photonics to speed up cloud and ‘big data’ rates

20/05/2015
 
IBM has announced “a significant milestone” in its development of silicon photonics technology that will enable rapid data transmission over longer distances in future computing systems.


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In data center sector 40G transceivers ubiquitous; 100G accelerating – analyst IHS

20/05/2015
 
Technology market research firm IHS Infonetics has reported that revenue from 10-, 40- and 100-Gigabit optical transceivers sold into the enterprise and data center markets grew 21% in 2014 to $1.4 billion, almost entirely due to increased 40G QSFP (quad small form factor pluggable) spending.
 


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Oclaro's revenue constrained by 100G client-side CFP / CFP2 module capacity

20/05/2015
 
For its fiscal third-quarter 2015 (ended 28 March), Oclaro Inc of San Jose, Ca, a developer of components and subsystems for optical communications, reported revenue of $83m, down 13% on $95.4m a year ago and down 4% on $86.8m last quarter.


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Optical Internetworking Forum launches integrated photonics projects

20/05/2015
 
Two implementation agreements published for industry use
 
In the wake of the Optical Internetworking Forum’s April 2015 quarterly meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, the organization announced that initial work has begun on technical specifications for high bandwidth optical modulators and receivers for coherent applications. Members also approved implementation agreements for 100G applications.
 
 


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First new transatlantic cable in 12 years

14/05/2015
 
Hibernia Networks has announced that over 2,000km of armoured cable has been manufactured and loaded onto three cable-laying ships. The ships are now either laying or loading new, fast and high-capacity fiber optic cables. This is a historic milestone for global communications as Hibernia Networks’ Express cable will be the first modern fiber optic cable connecting North America to Europe in more than 12 years, catering to the need for additional, fast and high-performing global network capacity. Hibernia Express is on schedule for delivering service to high-bandwidth network operators, including carriers, global financial firms and technology companies, in September 2015. 


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Cross-industry consortium to promote more compact optical interfaces

13/05/2015
 
A Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) has been formed to promote compact optical interfaces. The goal of COBO, backed Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Finisar and Intel, is to develop a technology roadmap and common specifications for on-board optics to ensure interoperability.


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Calient adds software to its optical switch to improve data centre efficiency

13/05/2015
 
Calient Technologies has unveiled its LightConnect fabric manager software which, coupled with its non-blocking optical circuit switches (OCS), is designed to improve data centre computing and storage usage. 


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Recycling of fibre optical cables

13/05/2015
 
Bits and pieces of fibre optic cable and reel ends leftover after fibre projects have been ending up in landfills for the past 40 years. Landfills usually charge a tipping fee to dispose of this scrap. The timeline to decompose is unknown but fibre scrap placed in landfills 40+ years ago are still there. 


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Electrically-controlled VOAs dominate fiber-optic component attenuators sector

13/05/2015
Analyst Electronicast says annual sales of VOAs will grow from $342m now to almost $427m by 2020.


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Ciena announces intent to acquire Cyan in $400m deal

13/05/2015
 
Acquisition will accelerate Ciena’s transition towards provision of on-demand networks and services


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