Specialty Optical Fiber Coatings: Weathering the “Storm”

Different applications and optical fiber types present varying requirements for fiber coatings. When specialty optical fibers are used in demanding conditions, the fibers require coatings that are sustainable when subjected to harsh circumstances.

In fact, the successful deployment of fiber in these environments can often depend far more on the fiber’s protective external coating rather than its internal optical design. Fibers may be under attack from high and low temperature ranges, excessive humidity, high pressure, aggressive chemicals, mechanical interactions or any combination of these elements.

A recent OFS white paper in NASA Tech Briefs evaluates the stability of commercially available and in-house formulated, acrylate-based coatings to help determine the optimum coating for a range of conditions.  To read more, please go HERE.

U. S. Data Centers Getting “Greener”

A decade ago, America’s data centers were widely viewed as the source of a huge new environmental problem. As internet use grew by leaps and bounds, data centers were creating air pollution and greenhouse gases while guzzling electricity at a ferocious rate.

But a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that, from the way they are cooled to how their masses of computers save power when not fully in use, data centers are becoming more energy efficient.

To read the article, please go HERE. To access the full study, please go HERE.

How Much Fiber Will Be Enough?

As more devices are connected and new applications developed, the amount of information carried on the Internet continues to grow. In fact, the Cisco Visual Networking Index shows global IP traffic increasing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 25 percent per year. With optical fiber as the only transmission medium capable of supporting this explosive growth, service providers are beginning to wonder “how much fiber will be enough?”

In a new Cabling Installation & Maintenance article, Dave Mazzarese of OFS considers the impact of increased bandwidth on all segments of the fiber network and takes a look at new methods and technologies to help meet the increasing demand.

To learn more, please go HERE.

Infrastructure Matters

Fiber optic cabling infrastructure delivers the capacity and reach needed by today’s most-demanding enterprise and data center networks. However, simply choosing optical fiber as a transmission medium does not alone guarantee exceptional performance. As with any infrastructure, a fiber optic cable network must be properly specified, deployed, tested and maintained to meet user needs.

In a new webcast from Cabling Installation & Maintenance, Tony Irujo of OFS partners with industry colleagues from CommScope and EXFO to discuss a broad range of issues on cable network deployment that must be addressed to ensure proper system performance.

To learn more and view this webcast, please go HERE.

 

Hold the Presses!

A former Chicago Sun-Times printing plant is being transformed into a state-of-the-art mega data center. The new center will serve the growing demand by downtown Chicago businesses and clients who need cloud solutions, co-location and other in-demand data center services.

QTS, an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, bought the shuttered plant back in 2014. The company, which just completed the first phase of renovation, says that there is pent-up demand for data center capacity, particularly so close to downtown Chicago, because companies are increasingly moving to digital businesses.

To read the full article, please go HERE.

Fiber to the People

New study results released by the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council found that fast and reliable fiber broadband increases both rental and property values in multiple dwelling units (MDUs). According to this survey, the availability of broadband service increases rental values by 8 percent and property values in MDUs by 2.8 percent.

The study by RVA Market Research & Consulting estimates that fiber can add 11 percent to net income for MDU owners and operators per average dwelling unit. In the results, MDU residents also rated fast and reliable broadband as the single most important amenity.

To learn more and read/download the full study, please go HERE.

 

Fiber Here, Fiber There, Fiber Everywhere

Service providers face unique challenges deploying fiber inside the home to reach Indoor Optical Network Terminals (ONTs).  These customers need products that offer fast and easy fiber installation that blends into the existing décor.

To help meet this need, OFS is launching three new, compact Fiber in the Home products:  the InvisiLight® Drop Solution, the SlimBox™ Wall Plate and the InvisiLight® 80×80 (mm) Adapter Module.  To learn more about how these products can help make in-living-unit fiber installation faster, more efficient and flexible, please use the following links:

Press Release

InvisiLight Drop Solution

SlimBox Wall Plate

InvisiLight 80 x 80 Adapter Module

Furukawa Electric FITEL® Launches Powerful, User-Friendly S179 Fusion Splicer

Furukawa Electric and OFS are introducing the FITEL S179 Hand-Held, Core Alignment Fusion Splicer at the FTTH Connect in Nashville today (Gaylord Opryland Conference Center).

This new splicer combines speed, precision, durability, portability and state-of-the-art communication methods in one unit, opening the door to an entirely new range of applications.  Completely suitable for use with all Metro, LAN, FTTx and ultra-bend insensitive fibers, the S179 is one of the most powerful and user-friendly fusion splicing machines available today.

For a product demonstration and to learn more, visit OFS booth 306 at the FTTH Connect.  To learn more online, please access the following links:   Product Video   Press Release    Data Sheet

Optical Fibers Bring New Medical Applications to Light

The physical characteristics of high-quality, silica optical fiber make it a natural choice for a broad range of uses, including many in the medical industry.  For example, fiber can provide a very compact, flexible conduit for light or data delivery in equipment, surgical and instrumentation applications.

However, users must carefully choose the right optical fiber to avoid delays in product design and launch, along with increased development costs. A recent Medical Design Briefs article by OFS’ Jaehan Kim and Jonathan Loft explores the wide array of fibers available for this market.  To access this article, please go HERE.

Changing the Rules of Light

Physicists have discovered a totally new light form that could change our fundamental understanding of the nature of light and also lead to faster and more secure fiber optic communication.

Researchers often measure a light beam through its angular momentum (a constant quantity that measures how much that light is rotating or spinning). Until now, they believed that, for all forms of light, the angular momentum would be a whole number multiple of Planck’s constant (a physical constant that sets the scale of quantum effects).

However, Irish scientists at Trinity College Dublin and the CRANN Institute demonstrated that a new light form exists where the angular momentum is only half of its typical value. While this difference seems small, it is profound: this fundamental property of light, which physicists always believed was fixed, can be changed. The researchers expect this discovery to shake up scientists’ understanding of light and also have real impact on the study of light waves in areas such as fiber optic communications.

To learn more, click here. To access the full paper in Science Advances, go here.