OFC/NFOEC 2014 Technical Conference

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09 March 2014

OFC/NFOEC is the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals. For nearly 40 years people have been coming from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward for this one week each year.

OFC/NFOEC attracts the biggest names in the field, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends affecting the industry. From technical presentations to the latest market trends and predictions, OFC/NFOEC is a one-stop-shop for those looking to get the latest products and information.




Agilent Technologies offers a broad tool set that includes optical test, data acquisition and signal analysis from research to design, compliance and production testing - every step of the way. Agilent will be announcing and demonstrating new and current cutting-edge products at OFC: 86100D DCA-X  with new internal precision time base for high channel-count test; 32 Gb/s high-performance BERT for 100GbE RX testing; component test solutions in the 1.3 µm wavelength band; real multi-carrier signal analysis with a 4 x 63 GHz Optical Modulation Analyzer.

Agilent will also held two short courses provided by our experts: SC369 - Test and Measurement of Complex Modulated Optical Signals. The first will provide solid understanding how complex modulated optical signals are created and how the signal quality of complex modulated signals can be quantified. The second course provides a thorough review of how classic NRZ signals are characterised using oscilloscopes, Bit-error-ratio testers, and jitter analysis instruments including tips and techniques to get accurate results and avoid common measurement errors.



Albis Optoelectronics is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of high-speed photodiodes. For more than 10 years, the company has been offering the broadest portfolio of Telcordia qualified InP and GaAs photodiodes for datacom and telecom applications in the industry.

At the upcoming OFC, Albis will present its hermetically packaged, microwave photodetectors up to 30 GHz. The PQW series are high-speed microwave photodiode modules designed for direct optical-to-electrical conversion of RF-modulated optical signals. The optical input is supplied through a single- or multimode fibre pigtail. Model PQW20A-L provides a typical bandwidth of 26 GHz.

The Albis photodiode inside this unit is designed to operate in the wavelength region from 1260 to 1620nm. Short wavelength model PQW30A-S comes with a multimode fibre and has a typical bandwidth of 33 GHz. The high performance Albis GaAs photodiode used inside this device is optimised for wavelengths ranging from 800 to 860 nm.



Emcore will be presenting its component solutions for 40/100/400 Gbps coherent transmission systems featuring the micro-ITLA and ITLA Tunable Laser Assemblies, as well as products for 10 Gbps metro and long-haul DWDM networks featuring its Tunable-XFP Transceiver. In addition, Emcore will be presenting our solutions for CATV systems featuring the Medallion 8000 and 6000 Series transmitters, plus its latest components for wireless and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) applications. Emcore will be meeting with customers, industry analysts and the media in its on-booth meeting rooms.




EXFO recently launched the FTB-88100NGE, the industry's smallest field-testing solution supporting 10M-to-100G rates in a single module, and subsequently launched the first Pol-Mux OSNR option for coherent 40G/100G DWDM systems on the FTB-5240S-P module. As such, at this year’s OFC Conference, EXFO will be exhibiting a full commissioning, turn-up and troubleshooting solution for 100G deployment. When used in combination on EXFO's FTB-500 portable platform, the FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer Multiservice Test Module and the FTB-5240S-P Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) offer the only single-platform testing solution available for commissioning and turn-up of legacy and high-speed links. Say goodbye to swapping out modules and lugging around extra platforms - all you need is this fully integrated 100G deployment solution.



Ibsen Photonics

Ibsen PING - Polarization Independent Gratings - are 100 per cent dielectric gratings, which offer unbeatable environmental and thermal stability combined with high-efficiency, low PDL performance. PING telecom gratings are surface relief gratings, produced by holographic stepper technology and advanced reactive ion etching, leading to gratings with unbeatable thermal and environmental stability, with no polymers, epoxies, gelatins or metals in the grating whatsoever.  Ibsen’s PING grating technology is able to achieve 95 per cent diffraction efficiency and 0.05dB PDL (Polarization Dependent Loss). Low angular sensitivity is an added bonus for module design and assembly. In telecom DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) networks, free-space optical modules utilise PING gratings as the dispersive element in WSS (Wavelength Selective Switch), TF (Tunable Filter) and OCM (Optical Channel Monitor) devices. In addition to the telecom C-band, Ibsen’s PING gratings are additionally available for the L-band, O band (1310nm), 10XXnm and 850nm wavelength ranges.


Laser Components

CO2 lasers are cost effective and powerful lasers with very high efficiency. They are mainly used in medical applications, material processing and marking. Until recently it was difficult to deliver the laser beam to the desired location. With the special patchcord developed by Laser Components, it is now possible to easily, and at low cost, transmit the CO2 laser light to the desired location. With a suitable fibre coupling unit, the laser light is coupled into the fibre. The main part of the patchcord is a hollow silica waveguide with a core diameter of 500µm, 750µm or 1,000µm. The fibre is protected by a metal tube which limits the bending radius and protects the fibre against breakage. The two SMA connectors on the in-coupling and out-coupling ends include zinc selenide (ZnSe) windows to protect the hollow silica waveguide against dust and moisture. The patchcord is available with a fibre that can also transmit a pilot beam.



At OFC 2014, Molex will feature end-to-end platforms for high-speed networking, including QSFP+ and zQSFP+ AOC interconnect systems, iPass+ HD high density AOCs, and Impel 25 Gbps backplane system, in addition to FlexPlane optical flex circuitry, VersaBeam expanded beam MT interconnects, compact VITA 66.1 ruggedized optical MT backplane interconnects and optical EMI shielding adapters. Molex is a founding member of the CDFP consortium dedicated to defining specifications and promoting adoption of interoperable 400 Gbps hot pluggable modules for resource intensive applications.  Also on display will be the new zCD interconnect system for 400 Gbps next-generation telecommunications, networking and enterprise computing environments.  The Molex zCD interconnect offers the highest bandwidth and densest IO connector on the market today. Additionally, Molex zCD, zQSFP+ and iPass+ HD systems will be showcased in demonstrations at the OIF (Optical Internetworking Forum) OFC booth.



Optoscribe 3D waveguides are the ideal solution for space division multiplexing (SDM). Connecting between singlemode fibres (SMF), multimode fibres (MMF) and multicore fibres (MCF) is made simple. The 3D Optofan Series enables users to dramatically increase the amount of data that can be transferred across networks, minimise network costs and maximise cable performance, especially where space is at a premium and super connectivity is essential.

The 3D MMux Photonic Lantern provides a unique interface between multimode and singlemode technologies for easy mode division multiplexing using Few Mode Fibres (FMFs).

Unlike more conventional bundled fibre technologies, the 3D Optofan Series offer standard 4,7 and 19 core configurations that can be easily customised to suit MCF geometry. Other core configurations – and arbitrary core positions – are possible.



The ClearSpectrum - DCL is a new passive chromatic dispersion compensator provided in its smallest achievable form factor to be integrated within compact transponders environments. This low insertion loss dispersion compensator increases the reach of 100G direct detection transmission solutions such as 4X28 Gb/s CFP for router interconnect applications. All 50 GHz spaced C-band channels are compensated simultaneously once it has been spliced to a low bend loss 3- port optical circulator.

Based on TeraXion’s RoHS compliant and patented multi-channel Fiber Bragg Grating technology, these light compensators exhibit high optical system performances which allow their use in high-speed networks.


The Light Brigade

Visit The Light Brigade to see the very latest in fibre optic training including the new 'Fiber Optic Safety' DVD. On the booth will be an interactive e-learning demo for its Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) course. Registrations are now open for the two-day CFHP training course to be held at OFC on Thursday and Friday. Visitors will also be able to find out more about the company's new FTTx Outside Plant Design course, get exclusive details about its upcoming POLAN training, or learn how Light Brigade can build the perfect customised training course for you. The Light Brigade is also coordinating this year's OFC FTTx Resource Center, which will feature a live passive optical LAN (POLAN) system.