OM5 Multimode Fiber Has Arrived

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As data centers increase in size and scale, many industry watchers wonder when the use of single-mode optical fiber will overtake multimode fiber in these facilities. For hyperscale data center designers, that time has arrived. However, for much of the enterprise market, multimode fiber still offers significant cost and power savings over other fibers for […]


Award-Winning Optical Fiber Offers a New Solution for Long-Haul Network Demand

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Data traffic on optical and mobile networks, video streaming and the large-scale rollout of Cloud computing continue to increase each year. This tremendous growth is creating the demand for additional capacity and placing stress on existing long-haul optical networks. To help meet this need, OFS has designed and introduced a new G.654.B compliant optical fiber. […]


Fiber Optic Probe May Beat a Biopsy for Measuring Muscle Health

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A new fiber optic technique for assessing muscle health could eliminate the need for painful muscle biopsies. To diagnose a muscular disorder, disease or infection, physicians must often extract a tissue sample. However, these biopsies can be quite painful and difficult to perform. A story in Medical XPress reports that researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute […]


Optical Fibers Illuminate Brain Activity

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Medical imaging faces limitations inherent to its mode of presentation. While computer models and virtual reality are much more effective than 2D depictions, the result continues to be still images on a computer screen. Even with stereoscopic techniques, a user’s ability to visualize the result can depend on using a keyboard or mouse to interpret […]


OFS Launches New Shape Sensor Fiber at BIOS/Photonics West

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OFS will showcase its new Shape Sensor Fiber at the BIOS/Photonics West Exposition in San Francisco, January 28-February 2, 2017. To create the Shape Sensor Fiber, OFS developed a technology platform to produce high-quality, twisted multicore optical fiber with continuous Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs). This type of fiber with FBGs provides stable and good signal-to-noise […]


OFS Showcases Award-Winning, Next-Generation Multimode Fiber

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  Data centers and enterprise networks continue to require ever-increasing speeds. Yesterday’s 10 Gbps networks are rapidly being replaced by 40 and 100 Gbps speeds, and 400 Gbps networks are on the horizon. How can today’s network designers best support this increasing demand for bandwidth? TIA has standardized a new multimode fiber to support short […]


Fueling the Next Information Revolution

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Silicon photonics technology is coming to market at a time of momentous change for Internet content providers, data centers, chip and optical components manufacturers and telecom service providers. In fact, silicon photonics (SiP) is set to change a number of these industries, as a new book co-authored by Daryl Inniss of OFS explains.  Silicon Photonics: […]


The Top 10 Myths About Submarine Networks

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Sharks will eat submarine cables. Actually, sharks don’t seem to like the taste of these cables. While submarine cables carry a tremendous amount of the world’s data, the “prevailing wisdom” about undersea networks suffers from many common fallacies. These misconceptions range from myths surrounding past technologies to those that involve “toothy” marine life. A recent […]


A Halloween Blackout in New England

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  In the United States, Halloween is a time when young children dressed as tiny ghosts, goblins and even superheroes knock on neighborhood doors, repeatedly yelling the benign threat of “trick or treat.” With Halloween retail spending  projected to reach $8.4 billion in 2016, this night has also become one of the biggest unofficial holidays […]


OFS Salutes the International Day of Photonics

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The International Day of Photonics is held every two years to recognize and promote the role of photonics in our world. On this day (October 21 in 2016), organizations work to raise awareness about photonics and the important role that it plays in our lives. In fact, photonics is a key enabling technology for a […]