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Eric Litvn | F-35A Lightning II--fiber optics underpin the technology

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 Eric Litvin, owner of Luma Systems, shows F-35A Lightning II - fiber optics underpin techonology that is a critical piece of tech.

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Telia Carrier to add Coriant CloudWave Optics to pan-European fiber-optic backbone network

As reported from lightwaveonline.com, Telia Carrier to add Coriant CloudWave Optics to pan-European fiber-optic backbone network. Among the first implementations of the CloudWave Optics technology will be a 400G-enabled fiber route between Copenhagen and Frankfurt. Telia Carrier also will apply the technology to routes like a submarine cable long-haul link to London. I appreciate their drive to expand. Check out the story hereb2ap3_thumbnail_Optical_breakout_cable.jpgPhoto credit: commons.wikimedia.org

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Google is leading the pack with their undersea cable

A new undersea cable constructed with Google’s backing has just gone online linking the US west coast with Japan. The name of the cable, fittingly, is FASTER, and it is, in fact faster. To put it into perspective, the cable is about 10 million times faster than your broadband at home. The project began in 2014 and stretches more than 5,592 miles of cable. It transmits 60 terabytes of data per second. Facebook and Microsoft have announced plans to lay a cable stretching from the US to Europe that will have a capacity of 160 Tbps. Let the competition continue! Read the story in its entirety here. Thanks to extremetech.com for the story and for photo credit too. b2ap3_thumbnail_810.jpg

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History of fiber optics as told by Jeff Hecht

I recently came across this article from Jeff Hecht that I thought gave an interesting narrative on the development of fiber optics. With history dating back nearly two centuries and several key figures providing break throughs in the use and development of the technology, you might be as fascinated with it all as I am. Check out Jeff's well-written history for yourself in its entirety hereb2ap3_thumbnail_fiber-optics-eric-litvin.jpg

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New study shows fiber-optic broadband access increases MDU value

A study commissioned by Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas shows availability of fiber-optic broadband access to individual apartments will increase rental and property values in multiple dwelling units (MDUs) by 8% and 2.8%. For those of you who have ever lived in areas where the technology is not prevalent, you can certainly understand how this increase in value is easily derived. "Today's findings add to the growing body of evidence that fiber is a win for communities, for consumers and for property owners," said FTTH Council President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold, "This study is another tool network providers can use in their discussions with MDU owners and operators as they seek to deploy fiber, meaning faster and more numerous deployments throughout North America." Check out the full article here by lightwaveonline.com.b2ap3_thumbnail_preparing-optics.jpg Photo credit to Nokia

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News on the TIA-942-B data center standard

I liked this article discussing three things we are likely to see from the TIA-942-B data center standard. This may be dull to some, but for those of you in the know, you know how important this could be. 

  1. It incorporates Addendum 1 to the 942-A standard, which addressed data center fabrics, as a new Annex.
  2. It adds 16- and 32-fiber MPO-style array connectors as an additional connector type for termination of more than two fibers. The 16- and 32-fiber connectors were recently standardized when ANSI/TIA-604-18 was published.
  3. It adds Category 8 as an allowable type of balanced twisted-pair cable, and changes the recommendation for Category 6A balanced twisted-pair cable to Category 6A or higher.

 Checkout the full article from cablinginstall.com here

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The Internet of Things will become a bigger connected-device category than smartphones in 2018

 

 

 

 

I thought this one was interesting. According to telco equipment maker Ericsson the Internet of Things will become a bigger connected-device category than smartphones in 2018. This could be mind-blowing (well, maybe not quite that severe, but significant, still). 5G take-up will be faster than 4G was, it thinks. One major reason for that speed-up is that “5G development is being driven by new use cases,” the report explains. “Greater capacity will allow more devices to be connected,” Ericsson says. “And lower energy requirements will extend device battery lives more than ten times what we see today.” I can certainly see how that could be. Check out the full article here from www.networkworld.com.  [photo credit Ericsson]

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flow cytometry technique growing

The flow cytometry technique is increasing in its use and applications. The laser-based technique used in an increasing number of bio-analysis applications is expected to grow to a $6.3 billion-dalllar industry by the end of the decade according to optics.org. BCC’s John Richard Rahn is predicting “significant changes” over the next five years as the technology establishes a growing base in biotechnology labs. Read the full article here.  

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Aerotech launches FibreMaxHP 3-6 Axis photonics alignment platform

FibreMaxHP is a second-generation 3-6 axis photonics alignment platform built on Aerotech’s proven ANT nanopositioning product line. Aerotech launches FibreMaxHP 3-6 Axis photonics alignment platform with plans to keep on growing. Thanks to http://opticalconnectionsnews.com for the story and here it is in its entirety. 

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IPG Photonics enters module market with Menara acquisition

For those of you who like to stay in the know, we thought this was interesting news. Menara's optical modules are deployed by cable multi-system operators (MSOs), carriers and data centres in North America and in selected international networks. The $46.8 million purchase is sure to help them broaden their telecommunications offerings. Check out the full story here as reported by fibre-systems.com.

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Xtera offers branching capacity for submarine cable networks

In recent news, we found it very interesting that Xtera has decided to expand its offering of products for submarine cable networks with its own subsea branching unit. A vast undertaking and one they must think a valuable investment. Check out the whole story here as provided by the Lightwave Staff at lightwaveonline.com.

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Xtera offers branching capacity for submarine cable networks

In recent news, we found it very interesting that Xtera has decided to expand its offering of products for submarine cable networks with its own subsea branching unit. A vast undertaking and one they must think a valuable investment. Check out the whole story here as provided by the Lightwave Staff at lightwaveonline.com.

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Assembling Active Optical Cables

Active optical cables (AOC) are widely used for being cost-effective and efficient, especially with the increasing demand for more bandwidth, better performance.  With increasing demand comes increasing need for assembling these cables and assembling them accurately. Lightwaveonline.com recently posted: Amicra Microtechnologies is up to the challenge and one of the worldwide leading providers of assembly tools for the manufacturing of AOC modules. The company is focusing its efforts and resources on extreme accurate placement and bonding techniques for VCSEL (vertical cavity surface emitter) chips and PIN (positive intrinsic negative) diodes. In its chosen field of precision placement processing Amicra offers high-accuracy (down to 0.5μm) microassembly cells, high-speed inking systems as well as laser and LED testing systems.

To read more or to access the whitepaper sponsored by Amicra click here

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