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OFC Reporter's Notebook 3

March 26, 2009

Posted by Stephen Hardy

I can tell it's the second day of exhibits by the fact that my handwriting has gotten appreciably more difficult to read. The over/under on the time at which my brain completes its transformation to cottage cheese has been set at 2:41 PM on Thursday.


  • The folks at EXFO are very happy with the reception of some of their new products, in particular their FTB-5600 Distributed PMD Analyzer that measures PMD in a manner reminiscent of an OTDR. However, given the current economic environment, there are a significant number of potential customers who would like access to the capabilities but can't afford to buy the box. EXFO is currently contemplating how to address this issue. The impression I got was that they're leaning towards enabling some sort of test service offering, either directly or through partners. It's all part of a new corporate strategy that I'm guessing we'll see roll out later this year.
  • If you're feeling nostalgic for iolon's old MEMS-based tunable laser, Luna Technologies will sell you one--or more than one, since they've set a minimum lot size for the device, which they acquired from Coherent. Meanwhile, they've incorporated the laser into a line of tunable light sources with very fast sweep rates, with the Phoenix 1200 the most recent (and most compact) example.
  • In discussions regarding ADVA's announcement of a phase-based modulation format as an alternative to the dual-polarization QPSK the OIF favors for 100G, there seems to be concensus on the show floor that the long haul and metro will indeed see the application of different modulation schemes, at least initially.
  • Harry Bosco, who will move from president and CEO of Opnext to chairman at the end of the month, suggests the company could take the opportunity provided by the downturn to do a bit of vertical integration via M&A.;
  • Oh yeah -- I'm doing videos, too.


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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave, which makes him responsible for the editorial aspects of the Lightwave franchise. A technology journalist since 1982, he once had his job duties described as "gets paid to tick off advertisers ".

Meghan Fuller is senior editor of Lightwave. She has degrees from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and the University of Delaware and is a card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation.