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.


Getting Hold of Quantum Dot Biosensors

Quantum dots (QDs) have found so many applications in recent years, they can now be purchased with a variety of composite structures and configurations. Some are available suspended in a biologically friendly fluid, making them well poised to serve as biomarkers for single-molecule tagging and tracking. But suppose you wanted to trap and move one of these single nanoparticle tags the same way other biologists might grab tissue samples with a tweezer?

Added: 22 Aug 2017

Guide Star Alliance Team Receives OSA’s 2017 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that Guide Star Alliance is the winner of the 2017 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. Under contract of and in close collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO), industrial partners, TOPTICA Photonics and MPB Communications (MPBC), joined together to develop a high-power CW tunable laser system called the SodiumStar. The team’s development is now considered the quasi-standard for existing and planned telescopes around the world. The Guide Star Alliance will receive the award on 18 September 2017, during Frontiers in Optics (FiO) + Laser Science (LS) in Washington DC, USA.

Added: 18 Aug 2017

New Terahertz Imaging Approach Could Speed Up Skin Cancer Detection

Researchers have developed a new terahertz imaging approach that, for the first time, can acquire micron-scale resolution images while retaining computational approaches designed to speed up image acquisition. This combination could allow terahertz imaging to be useful for detecting early-stage skin cancer without requiring a tissue biopsy from the patient.

Added: 17 Aug 2017

New Tool Aims to Make Surgery Safer by Helping Doctors See Nerves

During operations, it can be difficult for surgeons to avoid severing crucial nerves because they look so much like other tissue. A new noninvasive approach that uses polarized light to make nerves stand out from other tissue could help surgeons avoid accidentally injuring nerves or assist them in identifying nerves in need of repair.

Added: 16 Aug 2017

Relativistic Self-Focusing Gives Mid-IR Driven Electrons a Boost

Conventional particle accelerators can range from large room-sized devices to facilities multiple kilometers across. One of the ways that scientists have looked to reduce the size and expense of future accelerators is by developing laser –driven plasma acceleration. Such accelerators, however, are growing in size and complexity in order to maintain relevance for one of their applications—high energy physics. However, there are many applications that can use a lower energy and higher repetition rate accelerated beam. For the first time, scientists have observed the production of relativistic electrons driven by low-energy, ultrashort mid-infrared laser pulses.

Added: 15 Aug 2017

OSA Laser Congress Plenary to Highlight Ultrafast Laser Systems and Black Hole Detection

The OSA Laser Congress 2017 will feature the latest advancements in solid state laser developments and related technologies for use in free space laser communication, laser-based sensing and numerous industrial applications.

Added: 10 Aug 2017

New Optical Method Pinpoints Weak Spots in Jet Engine Thermal Coatings

Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that an optical analysis method can reveal weak areas in ceramic thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines from high temperatures and wear. The technique could be used to predict how long coatings would last on an airplane and might eventually lead to new thermal barrier coatings, making engines more efficient and cutting both the cost and pollution of air travel.

Added: 09 Aug 2017

The Optical Society Congratulates Ed White on Selection as Chair of the NPI

The Optical Society (OSA) commends the selection of Edward White, associate vice president of test, assembly and packaging and corporate outreach for AIM Photonics, as the next National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Steering Committee Chair. White will succeed Alan Willner, the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering University of Southern California and 2016 president of OSA. The National Photonics Initiative is an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, and its impact on society.

Added: 04 Aug 2017

See the World Differently at FIO + LS 2017

Whether you are in an autonomous vehicle looking to avoid collisions with nearby objects, or sitting on Earth and trying to detect collisions of black holes in the furthest galaxies, the Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FIO + LS) plenary presentations will detail recent achievements in gravitational wave science and today’s LiDAR applications.

Added: 03 Aug 2017

The Optical Society Foundation Concludes Successful 2017 Innovation School

The Optical Society Foundation (OSAF) hosted early-career professionals during its first Innovation School from 23-27 July at OSA headquarters in Washington DC. The four-day program focused on honing ‘intrapreneurial’ skills through a series of interactive ‘ideation and customer validation’ exercises. In addition, the hands-on program was accompanied by presentations led by CEO’s, entrepreneurs and innovation leaders in the optics and photonics industry.

Added: 01 Aug 2017

The Optical Society Creates Optical Design Innovator Award

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award recognizing significant contributions to lens design, optical engineering or metrology by an individual at an early career stage. The inaugural award will be given in 2018.

Added: 26 Jul 2017

Sophisticated Medical Imaging Technique Proves Useful for Automotive Industry

Many of today’s cars are coated with paint that exhibits a metallic or glittery shine. The exact sparkle and color you see is determined by the distribution and characteristics of tiny metal flakes used in the paint. A new approach based on the medical imaging technique optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides the car industry with a practical way to automatically analyze these metal flakes, which until now have been difficult to image, in order to improve the efficiency of the automotive finishing process.

Added: 25 Jul 2017