First Quarter 2013 Industry News Summary


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Industry Newsmakers

First Quarter 2013

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 +1 202.416.1435.

First Quarter 2013 Industry News Summary

OSA’s Corporate Associate Members have been busy in the first part of 2013, breaking barriers in research, receiving prestigious grants and awards, and hitting institutional milestones. We look forward to sharing more breakthrough technologies and industry accolades this spring.
  Focus on Applications
Corning Incorporated, partnering with NEC, announced they have achieved record-breaking results in transmission capacity over optical fibers. Researchers from NEC Labs in Princeton, N.J., and Corning’s Sullivan Park Research Center in Corning, N.Y., successfully demonstrated ultra-high-speed transmission with a capacity of 1.05 Petabit/s (1,015 bits per second) over novel multi-core fiber (MCF). The fiber designed by Corning researchers has cores arranged in a triangular lattice, which enables transmission over a large number of spatial modes. By combining spectral multiplexing with polarization and spatial mode multiplexing and employing multilevel modulation formats, the team achieved the total spectral efficiency of 109 bits/sec/Hz, while the aggregate transmission capacity was 1.05 Petabit/s, which, according to the researchers, is the highest capacity over a single optical fiber reported so far.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Sandia National Laboratories has become a pioneer in large-scale passive optical networks, building the largest fiber optical local area network in the world. The network pulls together 265 buildings and 13,000 computer network ports and brings high-speed communication to some of the labs’ most remote technical areas for the first time. It will save an estimated $20 million over five years through energy and other savings and Sandia expects to reduce energy costs by 65 percent once the network is fully operational.
Business Partnerships and Agreements
The Light Brigade of Tukwila, Wash., is partnering with Fujikura Asia and ITE College West, both located in Singapore, to form a Resource Center at ITE College West. The center will provide students with access to a wide variety of fiber optics-related training material along and will allow ITE students to learn from experts and acquire skills relevant to the fiber optics industry. The Light Brigade will offer training expertise, consultancy services and course material for ITE to ensure the program addresses the latest technology and techniques. The first of several planned training courses supports the Fiber to the Home Council’s Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP) program. Upon completion of the ITE training program, students will have the necessary knowledge and practical experience to successfully complete the CFHP certification exam accredited by the Fiber to the Home Council.
Agilent Technologies of Santa Clara, Calif. has announced the largest in-kind software donation ever in its longstanding relationship with the Georgia Institute of Technology. The in-kind donation is valued at approximately $90 million over three years and will comprise Agilent EDA software, support and training. The donation is being given as part of the Agilent EEsof EDA University Alliance program. Last year, Georgia Tech dedicated a new laboratory to Agilent after the company made a substantial donation to the university's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).
Contracts, Awards and Accolades
Nokia Siemens Networks was recently recognized with the GTI Market Development Award 2013. The Netherlands-based company is the first ever vendor to receive the award for its work to support trials, customer projects and deployments. Nokia Siemens Networks was recognized for their innovation in mobile broadband technologies, including the first 4G/TD-LTE network in Latin America, the first TD-LTE network in Russia, and the first TD-LTE network in Saudi Arabia. The GTI Market Development Award is for “companies that make outstanding contributions to the promotion of TD-LTE to global markets.”
San Francisco’s Shasta Crystals has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant titled: “Coilable Single Crystal Fibers of Doped YAG for High Power Laser Applications.” This Phase I grant awards Shasta Crystals $150,000 to perform research into the feasibility of growing doped YAG fibers of sufficient quality to improve the performance of high-power fiber lasers. Shasta Crystals is a crystal growth company making advanced materials that are critical components in laser systems for a variety of markets including industrial, medical, scientific, military, and consumer electronics. Shasta specializes in the use of the Laser Heated Pedestal Growth (LHPG) technology that allows rapid growth of crystal fibers with a variety of dopants.