Industry Newsmakers First Quarter 2009

Industry Newsmakers

First Quarter 2009

The following is a corporate news roundup from the Optical Society (OSA). This quarterly gathering of industry news is a complimentary service offered by the OSA PR team.

For more information on these or other OSA corporate members making news, please contact Lyndsay Meyer at or 202.416.1435.


Corning, Inc. -- Corning® LEAF® Fiber Passes 30 Million Kilometers Sold to Worldwide Customers

EMCORE Corporation -- EMCORE Corporation Unveils Industry's First Tunable XFP Optical Transceiver for Next Generation Telecom Networks

Finisar Corporation -- Finisar Demonstrates Next-Generation Form Factors for 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Optical Links at OFC 2009

IPtronics -- IPtronics Announces Availability of High Volume Flip Chip Solutions for 40 and 120 Gigabit/s Applications

JDSU -- JDSU Announces First Monolithically Integrated and Tunable Optical Transceiver

LightCounting, LLC -- Optical Transceiver Industry Well Positioned To Weather Recession

Luna Technologies, Inc. -- Luna Announces Fiber Optic SKEW Measurement Capability

OFS Optics Specialty Photonics Division -- OFS Announces General Availability of EZ-Bend™ Cables And Cable Assemblies

Opnext -- Opnext Leads Industry With 16G Fibre Channel Longwave Live Demonstration at OFC/NFOEC 2009

Santur Corporation -- Santur Delivers the World’s First 100Gb/s Transceiver Platform for Client Connectivity

First Quarter 2009 Industry News

The world's largest conference on optical communications - OFC/NFOEC 2009 -
wrapped up last month and even amid the current economic climate, a spate of innovation and high technology among OSA Corporate Member companies was on display at the show.

Optical Fiber

OFS announced the commercial release of their EZ-Bend™ cables following successful field trials with multiple independent carriers. Supporting multiple dwelling unit and in-home wiring applications, the EZ-Bend technology addresses the critical need to speed and simplify installations by allowing optical drop cables to be bent and routed in newly feasible ways. Corning announced it has sold more than 30 million kilometers of LEAF® optical fiber since introducing the product in 1998. As the backbone of many of the world's most advanced long-haul networks, LEAF fiber is the most widely deployed non-zero dispersion-shifted fiber in the world.

Transceivers & Transponders

EMCORE announced plans to release a new full-band tunable XFP product line. The new line is capable of replacing fixed-wavelength dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) XFPs as well as high-performance tunable 300-pin multi-source agreed transponders. Finisar Corporation demoed several new products at OFC/NFOEC, including a 120G parallel link, 16x Fibre Channel SFP+ transceiver, and 40G DWDM transponders utilizing RZ-DQPSK modulation. Finisar says it is the first company to showcase several new form factors capable of supporting 40G and 100G optical links over multimode or single-mode fiber optics. JDSU announced the industry's first monolithically integrated and tunable optical transceiver. The tunable XFP transceiver is 85 percent smaller than previous tunable products, allowing network equipment manufacturers to pack more transceiver interfaces into a system or to deploy smaller systems within a network node. Opnext announced the availability of a 16G Fiber Channel Long Wave (FC LW) SFP+ Transceiver prototype. The demo represented the industry's first live demonstration of this type of transceiver.

Integrated Circuits & Optical Devices

IPtronics announced the availability of solder bumped solutions for flip chip applications of 40G and 120G parallel optical interconnects. IPtronics says these solutions enable high-volume flip chip applications with better performance, lower cost and high density compared to traditional wire-bonding technology. Flip chip technology has been used extensively in consumer applications such as cell phones and laptop computers. Santur Corporation announced its EPIC™ Enhanced Photonic Integration Circuit, launching what it calls a new era in optical connectivity based on its successful laser array PIC platform. Santur says its approach to coupling its parallel laser array with a Planar Lightwave Circuit creates an unprecedented level of photonic integration for client optical connectivity and delivers 100G on up to 10 km on a Single Mode Fiber.

Test & Measurement

Luna Technologies announced a fiber optic SKEW measurement capability as an enhancement for its award-winning Optical Backscatter Reflectometer™ product. By combining Luna's optical switch and custom software, Luna has created a solution to dramatically increase the throughput of SKEW measurements on single- or multi-mode ribbon cables.

Industry Trends

LightCounting released its latest Market Forecast, reporting that the optical transceiver industry will contract sharply in 2009 but fare better than other industries. Data traffic—the primary industry driver—continues to grow, requiring optical transceivers to be shipped for new platform deployments and to upgrade existing systems. LightCounting forecasts worldwide transceiver sales will contract 14 percent in 2009 to $2 billion, with a modest recovery expected in 2010.


Highlights and Insights into the Future of Optics and Photonics

From fiber optics and telecommunications to medical imaging and cancer research, optics and photonics are advancing today’s critical technologies. These technologies are prevalent in almost every aspect of day-to-day life. The optics and photonics industry is forecasted to grow due to the wide range of application in lighting, displays, consumer imaging, vision correction and optical communications. This presentation will review the outlook for key optics and photonics industry sectors and upcoming market opportunities. It will provide a quantitative look at the present performance and trends, as well as examples of where to find industry growth longer term.

Added: 20 Oct 2017

Optical Communications Innovators to Deliver Keynote Presentations at OFC 2018

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, is pleased to announce the outstanding lineup of keynote speakers for OFC 2018. Marcus Weldon, Nokia Bell Labs, USA, John C. Doyle, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), USA, and Chengliang Zhang, China Telecom, China, will take the stage to discuss future innovations in optics-based communication technologies.

Added: 19 Oct 2017

David J. Wineland and Amnon Yariv Named 2017 Honorary Members of The Optical Society

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name the recently elected, 2017 Honorary Members. The recipients are David Jeffrey Wineland, 2012 Physics Nobel Laureate, University of Oregon, USA, and Amnon Yariv, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), USA. The 2017 Honorable Members were approved unanimously by the OSA Board of Directors. Honorary Membership is the most distinguished of all OSA Member categories and is awarded to individuals who have made unique, seminal contributions to the field of optics.

Added: 18 Oct 2017

New Imaging Approach Maps Whole-Brain Changes from Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice

An estimated 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Although treatments can slow the worsening of symptoms, scientists are still working to better understand the neurodegenerative disease so that curative and preventative medicines can be developed. A new imaging system could help speed new drug development by offering a better way to monitor the brain changes indicative of Alzheimer’s in mouse models of the disease.

Added: 17 Oct 2017

Optical Systems Capture First Ever Detection of Gravitational Waves from a Pair of Colliding Neutron

For many decades astronomers relied on light for their observations of astronomical objects. Today, a team of scientists from the international LIGO (LSC) and Virgo Collaborations (VC) announced the detection of a bright spark of two neutron stars colliding, shedding light on the previously unknown origins of some of the universe's heavy elements. The 17 August event, named GW170817, was detected for more than a minute and a half and covered the full acoustic frequency range sampled by the research team.

Added: 16 Oct 2017

The Optical Society Announces 2018 Fellows Class

The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that 101 OSA members, representing 19 countries, have been elected to the 2018 OSA Fellows Class. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including specific scientific, engineering, and technological contributions, technical or industry leadership in the field as well as service to OSA and the global optics community.

Added: 13 Oct 2017

In a first for wearable optics, researchers develop stretchy fiber to capture body motion

The exciting applications of wearable sensors have sparked a tremendous amount of research and business investment in recent years. Sensors attached to the body or integrated into clothing could allow athletes and physical therapists to monitor their progress, provide a more detailed level of motion capture for computer games or animation, help engineers build robots with a lighter touch or form the basis for new types of real-time health monitors.

Added: 12 Oct 2017

Freeze Frame Microscopy for 3D Biological Images Captures 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

“The Nobel Committee’s recognition of yet another type of biomedical imaging underscores just how important, and enabling imaging and microscopy techniques are to all areas of science and medicine,” stated Elizabeth M.C. Hillman, professor of Biomedical Engineering at Radiology, Columbia University, and general chair of the upcoming 2018 OSA BioPhotonics Congress.

Added: 04 Oct 2017

Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe; LIGO Team Awarded 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

Astrophysicists have long sought to detect ripples in space-time, called gravitational waves, since Albert Einstein’s 1916 prediction of General Relativity. But only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth. Today, the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne, California Institute of Technology, USA and Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves."

Added: 03 Oct 2017

DNA: The next hot material in photonics?

Using DNA from salmon, researchers in South Korea hope to make better biomedical and other photonic devices based on organic thin films. Often used in cancer treatments and health monitoring, thin films have all the capabilities of silicon-based devices with the possible added advantage of being more compatible with living tissue.

Added: 02 Oct 2017

Circadian Rhythms, the Body's Natural Time-Keeping System, Awarded 2017 Nobel Prize

Most of the processes that occur in the mind and body follow natural rhythms. Those with a cycle length of about one day are named circadian rhythms. The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Jeffrey C. Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University, USA and Michael W. Young, Rockefeller University, USA, "for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm."

Added: 02 Oct 2017

The Optical Society Congratulates the LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration for Fourth Gravitation

Albert Einstein’s 1916 general theory of relativity was validated for a fourth time according a joint announcement between the international LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaborations. Only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth. On August 14, the Virgo Collaboration, along with the U.S. LIGO observatories, detected its first gravitational wave signal from a pair of black holes violently merging over a billion light-years away. LIGO’s previous detections have stemmed from merging black holes but this is the first time a merger has been witnessed by three observatories at one time.

Added: 28 Sep 2017