Optical Communications

PASSION Project Attempts Using VCSELs for Ultra-High-Speed, Long-Distance Data Transmission

Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers or VCSELs are laser diodes that are inexpensive to make and more energy efficient than standard lasers. Now, a group of EU-funded researchers intends to use VCSELs to deliver ultra-high-speed broadband across long distances. This effort has the potential to end the data bottlenecks experienced …

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CST Global Joins European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)

CST Global, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sivers IMA Holdings AB, reported that the company has become a member of the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC); The association reportedly maintains the largest, active, network of photonics-related companies in Europe. EPIC’s membership now includes 370 companies, spanning numerous industry sectors, including LED …

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Lumentum to Acquire Oclaro

Lumentum Holdings has agreed to acquire Oclaro. The supplier of photonics products for optical networking and lasers based in Milpitas, California, and Oclaro, Inc. an optical network component and module maker announced that the companies have signed a definitive acquisition agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, which the boards …

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Finisar CEO and Co-Founder Jerry Rawls Retires and Michael Hurleson Takes Over as CEO

Yesterday, Finisar Corporation, a maker of subsystems and components for fiber optic communications, announced the retirement of chairman and CEO Jerry Rawls and the appointment of Michael Hurlston as CEO and a director of the company effective immediately. The company explained that Mr. Hurlston and Mr. Rawls will work together …

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