OFC 2015

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22 March 2015

Event organiser: 

Optical Society of America (OSA)


For over 40 years, the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference and exposition has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward.

The conference takes place on 22-26 March; the exhibition floor is open on 24-26 March.

Hot topics in 2015 include 100G/400G network design and optimisation; amplification, fibre, and multiplexing techniques for capacity and scalability; cloud and data centre networking; digital signal processing for optical communication systems; high-speed electronics and opto-electronics for terabit optical networking; silicon photonics and integrated photonic subsystems for datacom and telecom; virtualisation and software-defined networks (SDN); and wavelength-agile optical access networks.




Albis Optoelectronics

Albis Optoelectronics (Booth 2205), is a designer, developer and manufacturer of high-speed photodiodes. For more than 10 years, the company has been offering the broad portfolio of Telcordia qualified indium phosphide  (InP) and gallium arsenide (GaAs) photodiodes for datacom and telecom applications.

At OFC this year Albis will present its hermetically packaged microwave photoreceivers, the PQW Amp series. The PQW Amp series are high-speed microwave photoreceiver modules with linear broadband amplifiers designed for direct optical-to-electrical conversion of RF-modulated optical signals.

The optical input is supplied through a singlemode or multimode fibre pigtail. Model PQW40G1-L provides a minimum bandwidth of 40 GHz. The high performance Albis photodiode inside this unit is designed to operate in the wavelength region from 800 to 1620 nm. Short wavelength model PQW30G1-S comes with a multimode fibre and offers a typical bandwidth of 30 GHz. The high-performance Albis GaAs photodiode used inside this device is optimised for wavelengths ranging from 800 to 860 nm.


Arden Photonics

Arden Photonics (Booth 2409) designs, manufactures and sells instruments and components for the optical fibre and laser industries. Featured products at OFC 2015 will be the "ModCon" mode controller and the MPX-1 encircled flux meter.

Measurements of loss and bandwidth in multimode fibres are known to be highly dependent on the modal condition of the light source used for the measurement. The ModCon mode controller is designed to ensure standardised modal launch conditions in multimode optical fibre.

Other products include laser beam profilers, launch condition analysers for real-time measurement of encircled flux; high magnification interferometers for optical fibre end face inspection, optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) lead-in boxes, and custom optical fibre measurement systems.



Ciena (Booth 1146) will showcase its recently announced capabilities that address the new web-scale dynamic which is significantly changing the evolution of today’s network architecture.

Leveraging Ciena’s OPⁿ architecture, these capabilities include new WaveLogic 3 Extreme and Nano chipsets that focus on addressing the needs and pain points of specific network applications, as well as Coherent Select, a new photonic architecture purpose-built for metro applications. The new features simplify and reduce costs of metro and regional networks, while also extending the reach and capacity of submarine networks.

At the show Ciena experts will explain how these new capabilities allow service providers, Internet content and cloud providers to deliver richer application experiences to their customers and connect massive amounts of users to content. These innovations embrace the web-scale IT philosophy, delivering increased bandwidth and improved economics through greater efficiency, network automation and agility.



Coriant (Booth 525) is a global supplier of software-defined networking (SDN) enabled edge-to-core solutions for optical transport networks. At OFC, Coriant will introduce the new 7100 Pico packet optical transport platform, a compact and flexible system optimised for service enablement at the edge of metro networks. The platform extends the industry-proven capabilities of the 7100 product family used by leading Tier-1 carriers, delivers powerful packet-optical to the metro edge for service innovation and efficiencies, and supports easy upgrade of existing SONET/SDH rings to OTN rings. Applications include high-speed data centre connectivity, efficient and scalable mobile backhaul, and enhanced business and enterprise services transport.

The 7100 Pico’s compact 2-rack-unit (2RU) design includes a distributed processing architecture that distributes system processing across interface modules, significantly reducing upfront costs and improving system reliability.  The 7100 Pico can function as a stand-alone network appliance or seamlessly interface with the latest service models of Coriant’s 7100 product family.


Cube Optics

Cube Optics, now a subsidiary of Huber+Suhner (Booth 1109), will announce what could be the world’s smallest integrated multi-wavelength 100G receiver optical sub-assemblies (ROSAs), compatible with a CFP4/QSPF28 form factor. The ROSA yields superior performance in a robust and reliable design, the company claims. Measuring 18 x 6.5 x 6mm and with a typical power consumption of barely 330mW, the ROSA sets a standard for the next-generation pluggable transceivers in data centre and LAN applications.

The ROSA incorporates optical demultiplexer, integrated four PIN detectors and a quad-array transimpedance amplifier (TIA).  It receives parallel optical WDM signals, each propagating at 28.3Gb/s over a single optical fibre. The ROSA modules are currently available for customer sampling and volume production will start in Q3 2015.



Diamond (Booth 1428) has been a supplier of high-precision fibre-optic components for over 30 years. With a reputation as a dynamic and innovative company, Diamond is able to develop reliable, customised components and equipment, in response to increasingly demanding customer requirements.

During OFC this year Diamond will focus on its rugged, reliable, HE-2000 and MIL-38999 style four-channel connectors, which have superior optical and mechanical performance for harsh environment applications. These are available for standard and small-core singlemode fibre (PC and APC), multimode fibre, polarisation-maintaining and other speciality fibre types.

Both connectors are assembled with Diamond’s Active Core Alignment (ACA) process for unparalleled core concentricity.



Whether for the long-haul core, metro, or emerging high-capacity metro cloud, Infinera (Booth 1859) Intelligent Transport Networks help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and datacentre connectivity as they advance into the terabit era.

Infinera will demonstrate its metro-focused products based on its photonic integrated circuit (PIC) including the Cloud Xpress (CX) and packet-switching module (PXM). The CX is a rack-and-stack data centre platform designed for operators in the metro to specifically address the need for high-bandwidth capacity between data centres. Infinera’s PXM is a packet-switching module upgrade to its existing flagship product, the DTN-X, and brings advanced packet features and quality-of-service (QoS) capabilities to networks.

Infinera will also be demonstrating capabilities of its Fast Shared Mesh Protection (FastSMP) and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies while six different speakers will represent Infinera at the OFC technical conference and workshops.



At OFC this year Krelltech (Booth 2247) will be promoting the Photonic Solution Center (PSC) website, www.photonicsolutioncenter.com, a new photonics and fibre-optics search engine providing the industry with access to a global marketplace. 

At no cost, PSC is inviting companies to register, upload a logo and company profile, list one product with description, four images,  datasheet, video link, whitepaper, corporate website link,  and an email form that goes directly to designated contact. 

Additional products can be added for a nominal fee.  A search function is available for browsing category/subcategory, name, keywords or company name. PSC maintains ongoing search-engine optimisation by product-level listing to ensure that your products are found.



French technology institute Leti (booth 635) will present its latest silicon photonics research results at OFC 2015 this year. The company will focus on key topics including ‘heterogeneously integrated III-V on silicon distributed feedback lasers at 1310nm’ and hybridisation of electronic and photonic integrated circuits.

In addition, Hughes Metras, Leti’s North American vice president for strategic partnerships, will participate in a panel discussion on ‘State of the Market/Industry: 2014 in Review,’ beginning at 12:30 p.m. on March 24 in the Exhibit Hall. His topic is ‘The Promises of Silicon Photonics: Current Status and Future Trends.’

Leti staff will be available at booth 635 in the Exhibit Hall for discussions and interviews on these or other topics facing the telecoms industry today.


Optical Internetworking Forum

Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) (Booth 613) members are leading the market again in a live technology demonstration at OFC this year. The OIF Technology Showcase 2015 ‘It’s Happening Now – 56G Electrical Interfaces and Pluggable Coherent Optics’ will highlight the OIF‘s ground-breaking technology work.

The technology showcase event will also demonstrate the OIF’s CFP2-ACO technology, a coherent optics transceiver module in a CFP2 form factor, an optimal medium-term solution to maximise faceplate density and minimize install costs for metro/regional DWDM and data centre applications.

Additionally the OIF will provide a number of demos and presentations throughout the show including static displays of equipment aimed at developing the ecosystems for 56G electrical interfaces and pluggable coherent optics including modules, test equipment, connectors, compliance boards, DSPs, drivers, transimpedance amplifiers and components from many of the forum’s vendors.



Optoscribe (Booth 2624) is a specialist in the design and manufacturing of 3D waveguide technology for optical communications. This year Optoscribe will be showcasing its latest 3D MMux Photonic Lantern (PL) and its Fiber Coupled InterconneX (FCX).

The 3D MMux PL paves the way for a new class of components exploiting multiple spatial paths within multimode optical fibres and efficiently accessing these channels with individual singlemode fibres. These products are available fully packaged with OFS graded-index few-mode fibre (step index is optional).

The FCX is a unique glass interface designed to enable simple coupling to arrays of emitters or receivers including vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), photodiodes or photonic integrated circuits. Easy to integrate into system-in-a-package (SIP) products, the FCX can be mounted on printed circuit boardsor directly bonded as part of hybrid assemblies.


Phoenix Photonics

Phoenix Photonics (Booth 2104) will be exhibiting its range of fibre polarisation and mode management components and instrumentation. In support of its few-mode fibre (FMF) component technology, Phoenix will be showing its latest product in the FireBird range, the few-mode erbium-doped fibre amplifier (FM-EDFA).

The amplifier is available for two-mode (LP01, LP11) and four-mode (LP01, LP11, LP21, LP02) operation. Based on multi-laser core pumping, the amplifier provides low noise with high gain and good gain flatness across all modes. The amplifier has been engineered into a robust 19-inch rack instrument format with microprocessor-based laser control through a simple USB interface.

The rest of Phoenix Photonics’ spatial division multiplexing (SDM) range will also be on show including fibre couplers, fibre-based photonic lantern multiplexers/demultiplexers, and mode converters for use in both laboratory and final system integration. The company will also display its full range of polarisation control products including the in-line fibre polarimeter and microprocessor controlled polarisation controllers.



ProLabs (Booth 2705) will be showcasing its optical and copper transceivers, direct attach cables (DAC) and active optical cables (AOC) at OFC. Products available on display include CFP 100G LR4, CFP2 100G LR4 and 10G SFP+ tunable optical transceivers, and there will be a live demonstration of hybrid-coded copper cable into OEM switches. ProLabs says it offers a complete solution – high quality products and technology, which are reliable, robust and cost effective.



Xilinx (Booth 729) will demonstrate several products at OFC. In particular Xilinx will be showcasing its optical transport and Ethernet solutions, the Generation Ahead 28nm All Programmable devices, and next-generation 20nm UltraScale devices.

These products, which include 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 4 x 25GbE, CPRI over OTN and 2 x 100G MuxMapSAR reference design, address the high -ensity, scalability and flexibility requirements for applications in optical transport, carrier Ethernet and data centre interconnect. Xilinx will also be showcasing its new 100G IEEE 802.3bj RS-FEC LogiCORE IP solution in multiple interoperability demonstrations throughout the show floor.

Don’t forget to join Xilinx on March 25 at 2pm (Expo Theater 3 #2647) as they talk with Ixia about surmounting the many obstacles to efficient 400GE testing by relying on Xilinx All Programmable devices to get their 400GE tester family to market quickly.