Lightwave Innovation Awards scores announced

Lightwave has announced the results of its inaugural Lightwave Innovation Awards program. The technology innovation recognition program saw more than 25 products evaluated by a team of independent judges, who rated each product on a scale of 0 to 5. One product managed to achieve the top 5.0 score.

Lightwave has announced the results of its inaugural Lightwave Innovation Awards program. The technology innovation recognition program saw more than 25 products evaluated by a team of independent judges, who rated each product on a scale of 0 to 5. One product managed to achieve the top 5.0 score.

More than 20 companies submitted at least one product for evaluation. Three judges from the panel reviewed each product. The judges were selected for their expertise in the relevant product area; judges also were assigned in a way to avoid competitive conflicts.

The judging panel included:

  • Jim Benson, Jr., vice president, Americas, Coriant
  • Robert Blum, product marketing director, Oclaro
  • Brandon Collings, CTO, Optical Communications, CCOP, JDSU
  • Frank Effenberger, Huawei Fellow, Vice President Access R&D department, Network product line, Futurewei Technologies
  • Daryl Inniss, vice president & practice leader, components, Ovum
  • Ron Kline, principal analyst, intelligent networks, Ovum
  • Vladimir Kozlov, founder and CEO, LightCounting
  • Patrick McLaughlin, editor in chief, Cabling Installation & Maintenance
  • Hunter Newby, CEO, Allied Fiber
  • Rick Talbot, principal analyst, optical infrastructure, Current Analysis
  • Jim Theodoras, senior director of technical marketing, ADVA Optical Networking
  • Dr. Tiejun J. (TJ) Xia, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Verizon

The judges delivered their assessments based on the following scoring system:

  • 0-1: Useful product, yet commodity
  • 2-3: Solid product with viable attributes that set it apart
  • 4: Excellent product with technical features and performance that provide clear and substantial benefits
  • 5: Superb product that sets new standard for performance and provides groundbreaking and new technical milestones.

In addition, judges also were able to grant products additional Honorable Mention for technical merit.

We’ll have a full presentation of the companies, products, and scores on the site later this week. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of the results:

  • ADTRAN’s - Total Acess 5004 Optical Networking Edge (ONE): 4.0
  • ADVA Optical Networkings’ FSP 3000 Big Data Transport Solution: 4.0
  • Agilent Technologies’ M8000 Series BERT: 3.5
  • Albis Optoelectronics’ 25G Long-Wavelength APD: 4.5 and Honorable Mention
  • Anritsu’s MP1800A Signal Quality Analyzer: 4.0
  • BTI Systems’ Cloud Networking Solution: 4.0
  • Ciena’s WaveLogic Photonics: 4.0 and Honorable Mention
  • Coriant’s mTera Universal Transport Platform: 4.5
  • Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform: 4.5
  • Fiber QA’s FastMT: 4.5
  • Fischer Connectors’ FiberOptic Hybrid Connector: 3.0 and Honorable Mention
  • Infinera’s DTN-X Multi Terabit Packet Optical Transport Network (P-OTN) Platform: 4.5
  • JDSU’s TrueFlex Twin 1x20 Super Transport Blade: 4.0
  • JDSU: Multiwavelength Meter (mWAVE-A1) and Hi-Resolution OSA (mHROSA-A1) Spectral Measurement Modules: 4.0 and two Honorable Mentions
  • JDSU’s T-BERD/MTS-5800: 4.0
  • JDSU’s T-BERD/MTS-6000A, -8000 CSAM: 4.0 and Honorable Mention
  • JGR Optics’ TLS5 Tunable Laser Source: 3.0
    MACOM Technology Solutions’ MAOM-003401, 28 Gb/s EA Modulator Driver IC: 4.0 and Honorable Mention
  • MACOM Technology Solutions’ MAOM-003404, 32-Gbps Differential Modulator Driver IC: 5.0
  • MRV Communications’ OptiDriver: 3.5 and Honorable Mention
  • OE Solutions’ TWAMP Smart SFP: 4.0
  • Optical Zonu’s iSFC Micro-OTDR Transceiver Series: 4.5
  • Panduit’s PanMPO: 3.5
  • Senko Advanced Components’ Smart Probe: 3.5 and Honorable Mention
  • Tektronix’s PPG4001 Programable Pattern Generator: 3.5
  • Transmode's Metro 100G Solution: 4.0
  • XKL’s DarkStar DST10-20 Optical Networking System: 3.5 and Honorable Mention

“I’m very pleased to announce the ratings from the first Lightwave Innovation Awards program, which attracted submissions from the leading companies in optical communications,” said Ernesto Burden, group publisher of Lightwave. “The fact that all of the submissions drew high scores from our panel of independent judges reflects the fact that innovation remains the cornerstone of the fiber-optics industry.”


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