Finisar

NEWS

Apple awards Finisar $390M for VCSEL manufacturing

Finisar has been awarded $390 million from Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which will enable the components manufacturer to dramatically increase its R&D spending and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs).

Apple uses VCSELs in its new iPhone X to scan your face for its Face ID facial recognition system, and for proximity sensing in its AirPod earbuds. The 3D laser scanning system uses time-of-flight measurements to calculate the distance from the source to the target and back to the sensor.

PRODUCT

Finisar 100G SWDM4 QSFP28 optics enter production

Finisar announced that it is in full production of its 100G shortwave wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM) optical transceiver, which is compliant with the 100G SWDM4 specification defined by the SWDM multi-source agreement (MSA).

The pluggable QSFP28 transceiver is the first mass-produced module capable of transmitting 100Gb/s over a pair of multimode fibres, thus enabling users to upgrade their systems from 10 Gigabit Ethernet to 100 Gigabit Ethernet without changing their data centre cabling.

NEWS

Finisar co-founder and CEO Jerry Rawls to retire

Optical components developer Finisar has announced that chairman and chief executive officer Jerry Rawls has informed the board of directors that he intends to retire as CEO of the company by the end of calendar year 2018.

The board of directors will conduct a search to identify Mr. Rawls' successor and will consider internal and external candidates for the job.

PRODUCT

Finisar introduces 100GHz balanced photodetector

Finisar says its BPDV4121100GHz balanced detector operates at frequencies in excess of 100GHz to enable coherent signal detection and characterisation at rates up to 160Gbaud, making it the fastest detector on the market. This component will enable the next generation of optical test and measurement equipment, to help vendors develop even higher baud rate optical transmission systems, the company explains.

FEATURE

Sharing of the wealth

Few industries are subject to the pace of innovation experienced in the telecom sector. But, as innovation escalates, so too does the cost of developing the novel technologies that help to keep companies ahead of their rivals. Optical components and module vendors in particular are feeling the pressure.

Feature

Will quantum-resistant encryption be enabled by quantum technology or mathematics? Helmut Griesser examines technologies for the post-quantum world

Feature

The increasing value of optical fibre assets in metropolitan areas is shaping the business models of companies that provide access to them, finds Andy Extance

Feature

As 2017 draws to a close, Scott Wilkinson looks ahead to what’s in store for the optical communications industry in 2018

Feature

An English city with a world-class 5G test-bed is about to make telecommunications history, reports Rebecca Pool

Feature

Since its inception in 2004, the FTTH conference and exhibition has been held annually, with each event taking place in a different European city. This year the event will be held in Valencia, Spain from 13 to 15 February 2018.