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Thursday, August 25, 2011

An Update on Photonic Integration

Photonic integration might be the most disruptive technology to hit the telecommunications market in a decade. Eve Griliches

In 2006 interest in the all-optical network was fading, and photonic integration was generating excitement and controversy in the industry.

The market traveled in two directions 1) photonic integration with coherent DSPs and 2) discrete components with coherent DSPs. Infinera is the only vendor that has a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based system solution. The 10G economics of the PIC were disruptive, but Infinera included integrated OTN switching, which improved network efficiency.

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