Launched in 2020, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, ECOC introduced the ECOC Exhibition Industry Awards, in conjunction with Optical Connections. The awards emphasise technology and product commercialisation; they highlight significant achievements in advancing the business of optical communications, transport, networking, fibre-based products, photonic integration circuits and related developments.

The committee reviews the progress of advanced technologies from research to commercialisation including volume production as well as new and innovative products.

2021 Industry Award Winners

The awards are once again be run in conjunction with Optical Connections and the winners were announced live at the ECOC Exhibition on Tuesday 14th September. Congratulations to our 2021 winners:

  • Optical Transport Award to Ciena for Liquid Spectrum
  • Best Fibre Component Product to Lumenisity for NANF CoreSmart cable X
  • Most Innovative Product/Optical Integration to II-VI for II-VI OIF Type (2) IC-TROSA X
  • Optical Integration Award to Lightwave Logic X
  • Data Center Innovation/Best Product to Source Photonics for their family of industry leading 800G OSFP and QSFP-DD pluggable solutions

We interviewed the winners and will be sharing the interview videos in the coming weeks.

 

Award categories

Best Fibre/ Fibre Component Product

Fibre and its connectivity are among the forefront of optical communications technologies. This award identifies technology, product, or process innovations that distinguishes and/or drives lower cost, improve ease of installation, improve reliability, increase connectivity density and scalability. Innovative fibre designs, fibre management systems, fibre adapters, trays, modules and connection systems.

Data Centre Innovation/ Best Product

Broad based. Patch panels, switches, transceivers, servers, fibre, etc. Demonstrate lower cost, lower power consumption, thermal management commercial viability. Innovative packaging/line card and co-packaging solutions. SW solutions that increase security efficiency and can help reducing footprint and power consumption.

Innovative FTTx Product

This should be broad-based. Fibre, connectivity, installation, transmission gear, high speed, environmental design, etc.. HW and SW solutions to increase bandwidth capacity, its management and overall scalability.

 

Most Innovative Product

Looking across the industry—what new product is driving change in its respective market segment. What’s timely and helping to increase the use of optics. Metrics would include design features that are photonics, electronics, thermal, mechanical, chemical, environmental and carbon footprint based.

Optical Integration  (SiPh and/or other)

Photonic integration has been identified as a path to lower cost, lower power consumption, and higher throughput. Silicon photonics has been in the centre of this debate. This aware is technology agnostic. We are looking for technologies that integrate (hybrid or monolithic) numerous optical functions to increase capacity while lowering cost and power consumption. A critical part of this award is revenue—the product is shipping for revenue.

Optical Transport Award

Optical networking continues to focus on higher capacity to lower transmission cost. Higher speed, modulation/coding, longer reach, higher wavelength density, multiplexing schemes. Innovative use of electronics and software to enable more competitive photonics solutions in the network. Advanced designs that permit for example: longer reach, higher capacity with fault tolerant, error correcting, dispersion management system design. Use of higher performance optical components and co-packaging designs to enable multi-100s Tbps capacities in switches and routers.

Industry Awards in 2022

The Awards will return in 2022 and further details of the categories and entry criteria will be released in Spring 2022.