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  • Corning Opens Tech Center in Berlin
Sep 2012
BERLIN, Sept. 13, 2012 — Specialty glassmaker Corning Inc. officially opened its new technology center for telecommunications customers on Wednesday.

Corning Technology Center Berlin is located in the Adlershof Science and Technology Park. Germany's largest technology park is home also to Humboldt University of Berlin, as well as 11 science institutes and 922 companies working in photonics, optics, solar technology, and materials and microsystems, among others.

"We have been a pioneer in the field of telecommunications since Corning scientists invented the first low-loss optical fiber in 1970," said Corning CEO Wendell P. Weeks in a keynote speech during Wednesday's opening ceremony. "In the 42 years since then, we have produced a steady stream of innovations that increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of optical networks. Yet we have barely scratched the surface in terms of unleashing the massive capacity and lightning-fast speeds that fiber optic networks can deliver. This center will help us create next-generation technologies to enable the on-demand information that consumers and enterprises value."

The new center is home to Germany-based members of Corning Cable Systems GmbH & Co. KG. The location makes the center easily accessible from Corning Cable Systems’ lead commercial office for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, also located in Berlin, the company said.

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A noncrystalline, inorganic mixture of various metallic oxides fused by heating with glassifiers such as silica, or boric or phosphoric oxides. Common window or bottle glass is a mixture of soda, lime and sand, melted and cast, rolled or blown to shape. Most glasses are transparent in the visible spectrum and up to about 2.5 µm in the infrared, but some are opaque such as natural obsidian; these are, nevertheless, useful as mirror blanks. Traces of some elements such as cobalt, copper and...
optical fiber
A thin filament of drawn or extruded glass or plastic having a central core and a cladding of lower index material to promote total internal reflection (TIR). It may be used singly to transmit pulsed optical signals (communications fiber) or in bundles to transmit light or images.  
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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