Optical Fiber Helps Bring Medical Imaging “To Light”

OFS recently developed a technology platform to build high-quality, fiber optic probes with flexible tip lensing designs for Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) medical imaging applications. These probes meet or exceed critical OCT specifications including insertion loss, internal back reflection, beam size and working distance.

With vertically integrated manufacturing, OFS offers a wide range of custom optical fibers including select cutoff, specific numerical apertures, graded index fibers and coreless fibers. Any OFS medical-grade optical fiber or cable can be paired with a connector or custom probe assembly for a turnkey, sterilizable sub-assembly, ready to plug in to a medical device.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a medical imaging technique used to capture micrometer-resolution, three-dimensional images directly from sub-surface tissues. Physicians increasingly choose OCT for diagnostic use in ophthalmology, interventional cardiology and gastroenterology.

To learn more, please go HERE.

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Meeting the Data Center Demand for Increased Bandwidth

Today’s data centers are increasingly using 40 and 100 Gb/s Ethernet speeds. Work is also underway to develop 400 Gb/s Ethernet and 256 Gb/s Fiber Channel standards for next-generation networks. How are the optical fiber and structured cabling industries responding to this growth in demand for bandwidth?

To learn more, mark your calendar to hear OFS’ John Kamino (BICSI RCDD) cover this and other topics during his “Next-Generation Multimode Fiber” presentation at the BICSI Winter Conference in Orlando on Tuesday, February 2, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  For more information on this topic, please go HERE.

Advanced Fiber Optic Technologies for Next-Generation Networking

If you missed the recent webcast on “Advanced Fiber Optic Technologies for Next-Generation Networking,” you’re in luck.  This webinar produced by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, is still available for viewing.

The seminar examines several of the latest developments in fiber optic cabling infrastructure and also places specific emphasis on how these advancements position optical fiber as a medium prepared for the next generation of networking.  To access the webcast, please go HERE.

Emerson Report Identifies Four Emerging Data Center Models

Emerson Network Power recently released a summary report that predicts four emerging archetypes that will reshape the way the data center of the future will look and operate.

According to the analysis, the data center has typically changed in response to technology innovation with a somewhat predictable pace and direction. However, it continues, “Disruptive trends such as cloud computing, sustainability, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT) are driving profound IT changes across all industries and creating opportunities and challenges in the process. As a result, new archetypes are emerging that will change the data center landscape and improve productivity, drive down costs and increase agility.”

To learn more and access the white paper, please go HERE.

Survey Says: U.S. Fiber Broadband Deployments Continue Steady Growth

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas released survey results showing that U.S. fiber deployments grew by 13 percent during 2015. This increase is the second largest annual expansion since FTTH technology became available.

In addition, other key data indicators suggest that the industry is poised for substantial growth over the next five years.

To read other survey results, please go HERE.

 

 

Meeting the Need for Speed

Bandwidth demand continues to grow unabated and is predicted to increase at a compound annual rate of nearly 25 percent over the next five years.  The use of virtualization in servers has driven intra-data center traffic to new levels, while the rapid deployment of cloud computing applications is creating demand for higher-speed enterprise networks.

In a new article in BICSI’s ICT Today, John Kamino and Roman Shubochkin of OFS discuss how the optical fiber and cabling industry is supporting this need for higher network speeds by developing a new, next-generation multimode fiber – wideband multimode fiber.  Learn more here!

 

What Lies Ahead for Multimode Optical Fiber

Multimode optical fiber has supported the transmission speeds of the fastest networks for many years, with refinements in the fiber manufacturing process enabling increased bandwidth and throughput capability. OM4 fiber is currently the highest-performing, standardized multimode fiber.

In an upcoming webcast sponsored by Cabling Installation & Maintenance, Tony Irujo of OFS will look ahead to the future of multimode fiber, describing the next generation of fiber technology and, specifically, applications for which it is appropriate.

To participate in this complimentary webcast on November 19, please register HERE.

High-Peak-Power Pulse Amplification in Higher-Order Mode Fibers

Optical fiber lasers are often used in commercial applications including remote sensing and materials processing. Because these applications can benefit from high-peak powers and pulse energies, there is a corresponding need to reduce nonlinearities caused by high-peak intensities.

Researchers have used a number of approaches to increase the effective area of the fibers in order to achieve large-mode area (LMA) high-power fiber lasers. However, with these techniques, the fibers are operated in the fundamental mode which creates a significant reduction in mode area when the fiber is coiled. The results are that it is difficult to scale the effective area of the fundamental mode beyond 1000 microns and peak powers are limited to a few hundred kilowatts. In this way, the robust and compact packaging benefits of high-power fiber lasers are often lost when LMA fiber designs are used.

In an article written for SPIE Newsroom, Dr. Jeff Nicholson of OFS Laboratories explains how his team overcame this problem using an OFS designed, bulk-optic mode converter that uses an axicon for the output of HOM (High Order Mode) fiber amplifiers.

To read more, please go HERE.

Managing Change in Data Center Cabling and Systems

From network cabling to supporting infrastructure, every system in a data center must deliver solid, consistent performance.  However, because data centers are subject to frequent reconfiguration, they must also be adaptable to change.

A recent webcase seminar from Cabling Installation & Maintenance provides an inside look at technologies that can help data centers to meet the challenge of remaining both dependable and flexible.

Please go here to access a rebroadcast of this webinar.