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Broadcom buys PON chip vendor Broadlight

25 April 2012
 
Broadcom is paying $195 million (€146 million) in cash to acquire passive optical network (PON) chip maker BroadLight plus up to $10 million more if performance targets are met.
 


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Emcore sells VCSEL business to Sumitomo

25 April 2012
 
EMCORE has reached an agreement to sell its VCSEL-based product lines to Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations USA (SEDU). The deal, valued at $17 million (€12.9 million) includes EMCORE’s parallel optical transceivers, active optical cables, and other VCSEL and photodiode components targeting applications in data centers and local area networks.
 


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Bi-PON could reduce FTTH energy consumption tenfold

25 April 2012
 
Alcatel-Lucent has proposed a new time-division multiplexed passive optical network (TDM-PON) protocol that could cut energy use in fibre to the home (FTTH) networks by a factor of 10 compared to current technologies.
 


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100G coherent module market heats up

20 April 2012
 
Finisar has demonstrated its first 100Gbps coherent transponder, a 5x7-inch module that meets the Optical Internetworking Forum's multi-source agreement (MSA) specification. 


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Kotura enters the 100G market with its silicon photonics transceiver

20 April 2012
 
Silicon photonics firm Kotura has unveiled its 100Gbps optical transceiver. Referred to as an optical engine, the 100Gbps chip is implemented as a 4x25Gbps design. The optical engine consumes 5W and has a reach of at least 10km, making it suitable for all likely requirements in the data centre including the 100 Gigabit Ethernet 100GBASE-LR4 standard.
 


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Huawei showcases novel petabit optical cross connect

19 April 2012
 
Huawei has demonstrated a prototype optical switch that can scale to 10 petabits per second or 10 million Gbps. Dubbed the Petabit Packet Cross Connect (PPXC), the switching platform is aimed at metro and the data centre markets. 
 


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Metro 100G direct detection gains momentum

30 March 2012
 
An alternative 100Gbps transmission scheme, based on direct detection and tailored for metro and private networks, is being backed by more system and optical module vendors.


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Oclaro-Opnext merger to create new number two components vendor

Oclaro-Opnext merger to create new number two components vendor 

29 March 2012
 
Oclaro has announced its plan to merge with Opnext. The all-stock deal, valued at $177 million (€133 million), combines the fifth and sixth largest optical component players to create a company with revenues second only to Finisar. The deal is expected to be completed in the next 3-6 months.


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Verizon, NEC claim 21.7Tbps transmission record

21 March 2012
 
Verizon and NEC Corp. of America have performed what they claim is the highest capacity optical field trial to date. Optical signals with a total capacity of 21.7 Tbps were successfully transmitted over 1,503 km (934 miles) of standard singlemode fibre on Verizon's network in the Dallas area.


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Vendors unveil components for next-gen ROADMs

21 March 2012
 
The piece parts needed to build next-generation reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) nodes are starting to arrive, judging from announcements at the recent OFC/NFOEC show in Los Angeles.


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