Industry News Summary

Third Quarter 2011

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 Angela Stark at astark@osa.org or 202.416.1443.

Third Quarter 2011 Industry News Summary

From smartphones to high-speed Internet to in-flight entertainment, OSA Corporate Members are making their products and services known in the consumer marketplace. The third quarter of 2011 has brought several exciting new partnerships, awards and breakthroughs across a broad range of services. OSA Corporate Members are certainly heading into the fourth quarter ready to end the year with a bang.

Focus on Applications

Infinera, in partnership with the African telecommunications provider SEACOM, have successfully completed the first ever 500 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) optical network trial in Africa over a distance of 1,732 km. The trial used Infinera’s 500 Gb/s Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), each which integrates five 100 Gb/s coherent channels onto a single chip. At that speed consumers could download 150 high-definition Blu-Raytm movies in 60 seconds or stream 20,000 high-definition videos simultaneously.

Huawei unveiled its latest Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread smartphone – the Huawei Honor featuring a 16M 16:9 true color high-definition 4-inch FWVGA capacitive touch screen. Powered by a 1,900 MAh battery, Honor has a battery life of up to three days on a single charge, the longest among smartphones in the 4-inch screen range.

Business Partnerships and Agreements

Network specialist Ciena has partnered with the information delivery platform company Colt to provide customers with new services offering integrated data encryption solutions, helping them to secure and protect their critical business information and intellectual property.

Breault Research Organization (BRO) has released an engineering case study movie on the company’s design, fabrication, and testing of a new solid-state surface flood light for Navy vessels. In 2004, BRO submitted a winning SBIR Phase 1 proposal to redesign legacy deck lamps on Navy vessels. In 2008, BRO was invited to submit a Phase 2 SBIR proposal, which led to the design and fabrication of two additional deck-lamp prototypes designed to meet additional specifications.

Goodrich Corporation has been selected by Gulf Air to provide high density video reproducer units (VRU) to upgrade the airline’s Airbus A330 fleet in-flight entertainment system. The Goodrich VRUs are direct plug-and-play replacement units for the airline's current Hi-8 film-driven video reproducers. These new high-density file servers provide up to 40 hours of video and entertainment content, including "early window" movies that are not yet available for general distribution.

Contracts, Awards and Accolades

Edmund Optics was named one of the top 25 digital marketers by B2B Magazine. B2B staff selected the winners based on criteria including strong interactive vision and strategy as part of their overall marketing efforts, innovative use of digital technologies, and proven results.