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For most, we probably do not realize just how pervasive fiber optics is in much of what we do--an that inlcudes national defense too. The new F-35A Lightning II's development is underpinned with the very technology though. It's Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) provides precision air-to-air scan and track, as well as a solid air-to-surface targeting capability. EOTS retains the aircraft’s stealth and is linked to the jet’s integrated central computer through a high-speed fiber-optic interface. Without that interface, the fighter jet isn't, well, much of a fighter jet at all. To read more about the project check it out hereb2ap3_thumbnail_F35-Avengers.png

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In an attempt to lead the way in innovation and network Telia Carrier to add Coriant CloudWave Optics to pan-European fiber-optic backbone network. Among the first implementations of the CloudWave Optics technology will be a 400G-enabled fiber route between Copenhagen and Frankfurt. Telia Carrier also will apply the technology to routes like a submarine cable long-haul link to London. We respect their drive to expand. Check out the story here as reporeted from lightwaveonline.com. Photocredit: commons.wikimedia.orgb2ap3_thumbnail_Optical_breakout_cable.jpg

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A new undersea cable constructed with Google’s backing has just gone online linking the US west coast with Japan. The name of the cable, fittingly, is FASTER, and it is, in fact faster. FASTER uses six fiber pairs to push all that bandwidth using 100 different wavelengths of light. The cable is about 10 million times faster than your broadband at home, to give you a little perspective. The project began in 2014 and has laid more than 5,592 miles of cable. It transmits 60 terabytes of data per second. Facebook and Microsoft have announced plans to lay a cable stretching from the US to Europe that will have a capacity of 160 Tbps. Let the competition continue! Read the story in its entirety here. Thanks to extremetech.com for the story and for photo credit too. b2ap3_thumbnail_810.jpg

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fiber-optics-eric-litvin.jpgI am very fascinatied by the history and development of fiber optics as a resource, and as an industry. I reently came across a really cool article written from Jeff Hecht that I thought is a great summary on how it all came to be. Jeff does a great job of giving us the big picture and showing us some of the major break throughs that occured to get us to where we are at today with this technology. Check out his article here.

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Much as we would suspect, increases in fiber-optic broadband access increases value for multiple dwelling units (MDU) and for owners alike. This only makes sense as the growing prevalence of the internet has become ubiquitous and almost a staple of most households. A recent study commissioned by Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas found that  availability of fiber-optic broadband access to individual apartments will increase rental and property values in multiple dwelling units (MDUs) by 8% and 2.8%, respectively. Check out the full article here as presented by lightwaveonline.com.  Photo credit to Nokia.b2ap3_thumbnail_preparing-optics.jpg

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According to telco equipment maker Ericsson the Internet of Things will become a bigger connected-device category than smartphones in 2018--beleieve it or not. This could be mind-blowing (well, maybe not quite that severe, but significant, still). 5G take-up will be faster than 4G was, it thinks. One major reason for that speed-up is that “5G development is being driven by new use cases,” the report explains. “Greater capacity will allow more devices to be connected,” Ericsson says. “And lower energy requirements will extend device battery lives more than ten times what we see today.” I can certainly see how that could be. Check out the full article here from www.networkworld.com. And stay tuned to see if thsi prediction is true. [photo credit Ericsson]

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BCC’s John Richard Rahn predicts changes in the use of  flow cytometry. The laser-based technique is used in an increasing number of bio-analysis applications.  He expects the industry to grow in importance to become a $6.3 billion industry by the end of the decade. He is predicting “significant changes” over the next five years as the technology establishes a growing base in biotechnology labs. Read the full article here as presented by optics.org.

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EMC has revealed recently how it has lifted the lid on a gaggle of data centre products and services, which it feels will be invaluable to customers attempting to modernise their data centre infrastructure. Check out some of their new tech bundles here as reported fron Tech Week Europe..

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  • Consortium for On-Board Optics promises COBO-compliant optical modules at ECOC 2018
    The Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) says that Molex, a Ciena and SENKO team, TE Connectivity, Credo, and Applied Optoelectronics Inc. (AOI) will display at ECOC 2018 next week in Rome the first optical modules and related technology compliant with the group’s recently released specifications. As the name of the consortium implies, COBO has focused on development of specifications for onboard optical modules that can be installed on line cards near to related silicon. Use of such modules should improve transmission efficiency and improve faceplate density as transmission rates climb to 400 Gbps and higher, COBO members believe.
  • B2B interconnection bandwidth to grow to nearly 10X Internet traffic estimates: Equinix Global Interconnection Index
    Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX), which supplies data center services globally, has released its second annual Global Interconnection Index (GXI), a market study in which Equinix analyzes worldwide traffic exchange. This year’s GXI estimates that private “Interconnection” bandwidth between businesses will grow to more than 8,200 Tbps by 2021. The figure, equivalent to 33 zettabytes of data exchange per year, is almost 10X what Cisco’s 2017 "Visual Networking Index" estimated for total Internet traffic at that time, Equinix points out.