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SPIE BiOS and SPIE Photonics West 2015 Product Preview: Close to 1500 exhibitors will show their optics and photonics products


One week after Super Bowl XLIX, SPIE Photonics West—North America's major optics and photonics conference and exhibition—will kick off (pun intended, of course), and it is expected to draw at least 20,000 attendees this year.

Fibercore to introduce graded-index, pure-silica-core multimode fiber at SPIE Photonics West 2015


A line of harsh-environment, graded-index, pure-silica-core multimode fibers is available with carbon, high-temperature acrylate, and polyimide coatings.

Brillouin-scattering-induced transparency leads to nonreciprocal optical waveguides

Brillouin-scattering-induced transparency leads to nonreciprocal optical waveguides


Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using Brillouin-scattering-induced transparency (BSIT) to create one-way optical waveguides; BSIT permits light to travel in the forward direction while light traveling in the backward direction is strongly absorbed.

3SAE expands fiber splicing, glass processing offerings


3SAE Technologies, which specializes in fiber-optic preparation tools and glass processing equipment, says it has expanded its custom and standard fiber splicing and glass processing services. The company says it now has a proprietary splicing service for soft-glass micro-fiber diameters ranging from 80 µm to less than 25 µm.

VI Systems to showcase 850 nm VCSEL module for 50 Gbit/s transmission at SPIE Photonics West 2015


The V50-850M transmitter for data rates of up to 50 Gbit/s is based on an 850 nm vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) chip design in a high-frequency package.

QLogic, Broadcom demo 25 Gigabit Ethernet, 100 Gigabit Ethernet chip interoperability


Data center network equipment provider QLogic Corp. (NASDAQ:QLGC) says it has successfully demonstrated what it asserts is the first end-to-end 25 Gigabit Ethernet to 100 Gigabit Ethernet silicon platform. The platform leverages partner Broadcom Corp.'s (NASDAQ:BRCM) StrataXGS Tomahawk Switch Series and QLogic's cLOM8514 Ethernet controller. The demonstration signals the first cross-vendor interoperability of 25 Gigabit Ethernet and100 Gigabit Ethernet switches and controllers.

Optical taps and power monitors from OZ Optics are Telcordia GR-468-qualified


A line of optical taps (built with singlemode and polarization-maintaining fibers) and power monitors for telecommunications meets the requirements of Telcordia standard GR-468.

Orange to fund startups via Digital Ventures investment program


French telecom giant Orange says it will launch an early stage investment program aimed at supporting startups in the telecommunications and digital sectors. The new Orange Digital Ventures aims to identify and fund startups during their initial development as well as provide the strategic relationships needed for them to become successful.

LightPath Technologies closes $1.3M private placement with Pudong Science & Technology


LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPTH), which supplies optical components and subsystems, says it has closed a private placement of stock with Pudong Science & Technology (Cayman) Co., Ltd. The deal is worth in excess of $1.3 million.

VI Systems intros 50-Gbps module using 850-nm VCSEL


Optical component and module supplier VI Systems GmbH has unveiled the V50-850M, a fiber-coupled 850-nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) transmitter module that supports data rates of up to 50 Gbps. The company foresees the optical module used in test setups that support design of short-reach optical interconnects.

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