Industry Focus - Optical Connections 2020


AFL Receives Two New Patents

Inphi Completes Acquisition of eSilicon

various modules for xWDM applications. The second is for “Methods, systems and apparatus for manufacturing a cable assembly with breakout and moulded cable assembly.” It recognises a unique process for creating a cable assembly furcation kit which offers protection for fibres under extreme environmental conditions. It also provides for scaling across a wide range of fibres. AFL has standardised on this format, calling it the SST furcation system.

AFL has been awarded two new patents for technology and developments in Optical Connectivity and Apparatus (OCA) products. The first is for “Communications Module Housing.” The commercialised product, the CGM® Plus, is a rack mount panel that accepts different size and form factor xWDM modules. This invention includes a fibre management

Inphi says it has completed the acquisition of eSilicon, as announced on November 11, 2019, in a transaction valued at approximately US$216 million in both cash and the assumption of debt. Inphi says the deal further solidifies Inphi’s market leadership and scale in high-performance electro- optics. “We are pleased to complete the acquisition of eSilicon,” said Ford Tamer, President and CEO of Inphi Corporation. “We welcome eSilicon to the Inphi family

and are excited to advance our shared commitments in driving successful customer engagement, industry- leading innovation, and best

of class execution.” Inphi believes this acquisition will further reinforce its premier

positioning in data centre interconnects, expand its presence into strategic geographic regions for talent acquisition and accelerate its strategic roadmap in developing electro-optics solutions for our Cloud and telecom customers.

guide region that pivots downward to allow full

access to the module storage slots, allowing for flexibility in the field to combine

ADVA demos Europe’s first 5G rail deployment

of train line services; critical, performance and business. Along the track, it leveraged mmWave links that intelligently steered beams to the train’s rooftop connectivity. These were connected to passive WDM add/drop nodes built with ADVA’s low-latency G.metro system and each mmWave AP was capable of dedicated 10Gbps connectivity. All the traffic from the trackside was further aggregated to the railway operator’s core network based on ADVA’s 100Gbps Ethernet aggregation technology. “This demo showed how we can harness an intelligent, open and scalable 5G network for everything from surveillance to passenger communications to mission- critical operational data transport,” commented Carles Terés Casals, director, R&D, FGC. antennae for optimal backhaul and access

5G-PICTURE project, the demo was conducted by ADVA, Blu Wireless Technology, CNIT, COMSA Industrial and the local railway operator and infrastructure manager, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). “With this demo, we’ve presented the blueprints for the future of rail telecommunication networks. We’ve shown how a combined optical and microwave 5G architecture can carry both critical and non- critical communications, dramatically simplifying deployments and delivering significant cost reduction,” said Jim Zou, senior engineer, advanced technology, ADVA. “Unlike traditional railway telecommunication networks that rely on separate infrastructures, what we’ve proposed with this demo is a unified, automated network able to

support every application and prevent service interruptions. It delivers high-bandwidth internet access to passengers on the move, while also providing train operators with driver- to-control connectivity, access to surveillance cameras and mission-critical onboard applications. Now a single 5G network can provide all telco services for train companies, freight operators and passengers.” Deployed across three stations of the FGC network in Barcelona, the 5G-PICTURE railway testbed interconnected a variety of end-user devices and compute resources using the most advanced optical and wireless network technologies. For the first time in Europe in a live operational scenario, the demo proved that a single integrated infrastructure can deliver safe, secure and reliable connectivity for all three categories

ADVA has announced it has successfully demonstrated Europe’s first 5G rail deployment in an operational environment. Using a combined optical and microwave transport solution, the demo succeeded in delivering multi-Gbps connectivity to fast-moving trains. Until now, supporting the handovers required for consistent broadband connectivity on trains traveling at speed was a major challenge. Built on ADVA’s G.metro passive optical technology and FSP 150 edge aggregation solution, the joint trial featured an integrated architecture for all train communication applications. mmWave access points were used to maintain track-to-train connectivity as well as programmable mobility functions for seamless onboard services. Part of the EU’s Horizon 2020



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