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Avago claims industry first with 30Gbps SerDes

14 February 2011.

Avago Technologies has demonstrated its first serial/deserialiser (SerDes) implemented in a 28nm CMOS process technology. The company admits that other firms have adopted 28nm CMOS but Avago claims its SerDes, for embedded application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) designs, is the first to be demonstrated operating at 30 Gbps.
 


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FTTH adoption must accelerate, says EU Commissioner

14 February 2011.
The number of FTTH subscribers in Europe increased 18% in the last six months to reach nearly 3.9 million (8.1 million including Russia), according to the latest update to the FTTH Rankings announced by the FTTH Council Europe at its annual conference in Milan, Italy.  However, the industry needs to accelerate deployment if it is to meet EU targets, warned Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda.
 


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Nanopillar lasers bring optical interconnects closer

14 February 2011.
Researchers at the University of California Berkeley (UCB) have developed a new type of hybrid silicon laser based on nanopillars of gallium arsenide deposited directly on a silicon wafer.  Connie Chang-Hasnain and her team claim this is the first time that gallium arsenide has been grown on silicon using a process that’s compatible with standard CMOS manufacturing.
 


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NeoPhotonics looks to stock markets for growth

14 February 2011.
It’s been a long time since a pure optical components company staged an IPO, but planar lightwave circuit manufacturer NeoPhotonics has just proved that it’s still possible.  The company went public on the New York Stock Exchange on 2 February priced at $11 per share to raise a grand total of $82.5m (€61m).
 


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10 Gigabit PON goes commercial

14 February 2011
Alcatel-Lucent claims it is the first vendor to offer broadband access platforms supporting XG-PON1, the 10 Gigabit GPON standard.  The vendor has developed an XG-PON1 line card for use in its ISAM access nodes that deliver copper and fibre-based broadband.
 


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Intel, US military back new silicon photonics foundry

14 February 2011
Research into optoelectronic integrated circuits is becoming more intense judging by the news that Intel and the US military are backing a new silicon photonics foundry.  The Optoelectronic Systems Integration in Silicon (OpSIS) project was officially launched on 1 February.
 


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CyOptics raises $50m for optical components

14 February 2011
Israeli venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) has led a $50 million investment round in optical components company CyOptics.  Part of the funding is traditional investment in the company, which has raised $204m since its inception; part of the funding is being used to buy out existing investors that want to exit.


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100 Gigabit OTN supports high-bandwidth applications

31 January 2011.
AppliedMicro’s TPACK unit has unveiled its first 100 Gigabit Optical Transport Network (OTN) designs. The first two devices - the TPOT414 and TPOT424 - perform 100 Gigabit mapping and framing functions, while a third is a 100 Gigabit OTN muxponder (multiplexer-transponder) design.
 


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HP goes green with Energy Efficient Ethernet switches

31 January 2011 
HP has announced the first Ethernet switch modules that make use of the IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard. The standard, ratified in October 2010, is designed to save power by putting the Ethernet physical layer (PHY) to sleep when the network is idle.  Several vendors including Broadcom and Vitesse Semiconductor have chips that support the standard.
 

 



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Infinera plans pick-and-mix modulation

31 January 2011.
Systems vendor Infinera has developed software-configurable optical modulation for its coherent optical transmission systems.  Called FlexCoherent, the new technology will allow carriers to choose which coherent optical modulation format they would like to operate on a particular 40 or 100Gbps route.
 


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