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Integra Optics Opens São Paulo Facility
LATHAM, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2016 — Fiber optics developer Integra Optics Inc. has announced the launch of its first international production facility in São Paulo, Brazil, in response to an expanding customer base and the country’s increasing demand for network technologies. The company’s first fiber optic equipment production facility south of the U.S.-Mexico border, the São Paulo location is self-sustaining with a team of in-house engineers. Customers are provided with 100 percent

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Macom, AOI to Collaborate on 100G Data Transceivers
LOWELL, Mass., Jan. 28, 2016 — M/A-Com Technology Solutions Holdings Inc., a supplier of high-performance radio frequency, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic semiconductor products, and Applied Optoelectronics Inc. (AOI) a provider of fiber optic access network products, have...
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Xtera Completes Installation of Submarine Cable System
DALLAS, Jan. 25, 2016 — Xtera Communications Inc., a provider of high-capacity optical transport solutions, has completed the marine installation of its second repeatered submarine cable system. Deployed in the Atlantic Ocean last year, the 1500-km long cable system is...

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Optical Feed System Achieves 60-W Power over 300 M
TOKYO, Jan. 25, 2016 — An optical feed system using double-clad fibers has been demonstrated to supply 60-W power over a 300-m optical fiber system. The setup could enable future small-cell mobile communications. Delivered optical feed power and power transmission...
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Scott Jackson Appointed VP of Infinera's Undersea Fiber Division
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2016 — Scott Jackson has been named vice president of Infinera Corp.'s underwater fiber optics division. Jackson has more than 31 years of experience in directing teams from concept to delivery over a range of technology areas, and has successfully...

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Semtech, MultiPhy Partner on 100G Optical Modules
CAMARILLO, Calif., Jan. 12, 2016 — Semtech Corp. and MultiPhy Ltd. of Ness Ziona, Israel, have entered into a strategic agreement aimed at accelerating introduction of 100-Gb/s single-wavelength optical modules. As part of the agreement, the publicly traded Semtech is now one of...
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Fiber Optic Sensor Monitors Early Stage Embryos
ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan. 5, 2016 — A fiber optic sensor holds promise for noninvasively monitoring early stage embryos during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. The sensor concurrently measures hydrogen peroxide and pH in solution, and consists of a single optical fiber, the...

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Microprocessor Integrates Silicon Photonics
BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 23, 2015 — Made from silicon using conventional fabrication methods, a microprocessor that integrates multiple photonic components is said to be the first to communicate directly with other devices using light. The device consists of two processor cores with...
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Carbon Sciences Funds UCSB Research into Graphene Optical Modulators
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 17, 2015 — Carbon Sciences Inc. will fund R&D at the University of California, Santa Barbara, of a graphene-based optical modulator, a fiber optic component intended to address data center bottlenecks and enhance cloud computing. The company believes...

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Gooch & Housego Notches Gains during Year of Reorganization
ILMINSTER, England, Dec. 16, 2015 — Revenues and profits both increased by 12 percent at Gooch & Housego PLC during a year in which the photonic components developer made significant changes. Adjusted profit before tax was £12.9 million (about $19.4 million) for the fiscal...
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Fiber Optic Center Appoints Ben Waite President, CEO
NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Dec. 14, 2015 — International distributor Fiber Optic Center Inc. (FOC) has promoted Ben Waite, currently the company's executive vice president, to president and CEO effective Jan. 1. Founder Neal Weiss has been president since FOC's inception in 1992 and,...

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Xtera Revenues Soar in FY15
DALLAS, Dec. 10, 2015 — Optical transport technology company Xtera Communications Inc. more than doubled its revenues in the last fiscal year leading up to its initial public offering. Xtera reported revenues of $58.7 million, compared to $25.0 million in fiscal 2014....
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Opsens Revenues Climb Following Regulatory OKs
QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 24, 2015 — Preparing to introduce to the global market its fiber optic sensor system for diagnosing and treating clogged arteries, Opsens Inc. ended its fiscal year with a 28 percent rise in revenue. The company reported a net loss of $2.9 million CAD (about...

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Bell Labs Proposes Multiplexing Scheme for Petabit Communications
MURRAY HILL, N.J., Nov. 23, 2015 — A new multiplexing scheme could allow optical networks to transmit data at petabits per second — creating enough capacity to allow two-thirds of the U.S. population to simultaneously stream HD movies over a single optical fiber. Real-time...
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Macom to Acquire Optical Subassemblies Firm FiBest for $60M
LOWELL, Mass., Nov. 18, 2015 — M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc. (Macom) will acquire Japanese optical subassembly supplier FiBest Ltd. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $60 million. The acquisition will expand Macom's 100-, 200- and 400-Gb/s optical...

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Optical Communications Firm Xtera Announces IPO
ALLEN, Texas, Nov. 13, 2015 — Xtera Communications Inc. has announced its initial public offering of 5 million shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $5 per share. The shares will trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol XCOM. Needham & Company...
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Te Lintelo Systems Named BeNeLux Distributor by Duma Optronics
NESHER, Israel, Nov. 9, 2015 — Electro-optical and laser instrumentation technology firm Duma Optronics Ltd. has chosen Te Lintelo Systems BV as the exclusive distributor of its products in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Founded in 1989, Duma Optronics specializes in...

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Lumentum Appoints Chris Pfistner VP of Product Line Management
MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015 — Lumentum Holdings Inc. has appointed Chris Pfistner vice president of product line management for data communications products. In the newly created position, Pfistner will report to Alan Lowe, Lumentum's president and CEO. Pfistner brings 20...
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FBGS Partners With FAZ on Medical Fiber Sensors
JENA, Germany, Nov. 2, 2015 — FBGS Technologies GmbH has partnered with FAZ Technology Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland, a manufacturer of ultrahigh-resolution measurement devices for fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors. The partnership gives FBGS exclusive rights to commercialize the...

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Spanish University to Honor Fiber Innovator Philip Russell
SANTANDER, Spain, Oct. 23, 2015 — Philip Russell, the inventor of photonic crystal fiber (PCF), will receive an honorary doctorate from Menéndez Pelayo International University next summer. Originally from Northern Ireland, Russell is director of the Max Planck Institute...
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Profits Up at Exfo Despite Currency Concerns
QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 8, 2015 — Telecommunications firm Exfo Inc. increased earnings dramatically in its last fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31. The result came despite lower sales figures, which the company said resulted from unfavorable currency conversion rates. Sales...

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Favero Joins Fibercore as Senior Engineer
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct. 1, 2015 — Dr. Fernando Favero has joined optical fiber manufacturer Fibercore Ltd. as senior measurement and applications engineer. Favero joins the development team with experience in optical fiber and sensor development, design and fabrication, as well as...
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Fiber Sensors Improve Robot Touch Sensitivity
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 29, 2015 — Fiber optic sensors could give robots the sensitivity needed to handle delicate objects and work safely alongside humans. A newly developed three-fingered soft robotic hand features 14 embedded fiber optic strain sensors that give it the ability...

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Fiber Industry Group Pushes SWDM for Data Centers
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 22, 2015 — A new industry organization aims to help data centers minimize upgrade costs by exploiting new capabilities of older optical fibers. The SWDM Alliance will promote shortwave wavelength division multiplexing (SWDM) technology, which increases the...
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Opsens Loses Director, Gains VP
QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 18, 2015 — Lucien Goffart has resigned as director of fiber optic sensors firm Opsens Inc. "As part of the progression of his career, Mr. Goffart is now involved in projects that are incompatible with his director's responsibilities at Opsens," the company...






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