2024 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Honorees

Feb. 21, 2024
Our 11th annual Lightwave Innovation Reviews saw technology developers submit products introduced or enhanced since March 2023 in various technology categories for review by our independent panel of judges. Congrats to the following honorees!

Our 11th annual Lightwave Innovation Reviews saw technology developers submit products introduced or enhanced since March 2023 in various technology categories for review by our independent panel of judges. In some cases, that brought entries for products that will make their debuts at OFC 2024 this March.

Lightwave Editor-in-Chief Sean Buckley, in his role as Award Program Manager, assigned each entry to be reviewed by at least three judges knowledgeable in the relevant technology or application. As was the case in previous years, they rated each entry on the following scale:

0-1.5: Not a particularly useful product

2.0-2.5: Okay, but perhaps a commodity product

3.0-3.5: Solid product, usually with at least one attribute that sets it apart from commodity products

4.0-4.5: Excellent product with technical features and performance that provide clear and substantial benefits

5.0: Superb product that demonstrates breakthrough performance and/or innovation.

This year’s panel included:

  • Sean Buckley, Editor in Chief, Lightwave
  • Peter De Dobbelare, Cisco Fellow, Cisco Systems
  • Jorg-Peter Elbers, SVP, advanced technology, standards and IPR, Adtran
  • Mike Frankel, Ciena fellow, Ciena
  • Lisa Huff, principal analyst, optical components, OVUM
  • Tom Issenhuth, principal at Issenhuth Consulting
  • Vladimir Kozlov, founder and CEO of LightCounting
  • Patrick McLaughlin, editor in chief, Cabling Installation & Maintenance
  • Rick Talbot, principal analyst - intelligent network transport, ACG Research
  • Jim Theodoras, vice president of R&D, HG Genuine USA.
  • Dr. Tiejun J. (TJ) Xia, a distinguished member of the technical staff at Verizon

And, as has been the tradition, we honor the following entries for achieving a score of at least 3.5 on that 1 to 5 scale. Congratulations to all the companies listed below. Be sure to look for these companies at OFC 2024 to learn more.

Carrier Fiber, Cable, Enclosures, and Accessories

Go!Foton: Multiport Mid-Span Terminal

HFCL Ltd.: Intermittently Bonded Ribbon Microcable, 288-576 fibers

Legrand: The Infinium Access UHD+ Enclosure

Communications Semiconductors and Electrical ICs

Henkel Corporation: Bergquist® Hi Flow THF 5000UT (Thermal Management Material)

Infinera: WA’A 400G Digital Signal Processor (DSP)

InSiGa: ISG-2925H 25G CDR+EML&BM LA Combo Chip

InSiGa: ISG-D5640H 56Gbaud MZ Driver for LPO Solution

Marvell: Orion 800 Gbps Coherent DSP

Point2 Technology: P3A280 Electrical Dispersion Compensation Mixed-Signal SoC

Data Center Fiber, Cable, Enclosures and Accessories

Infraeo Inc.: 8x50G QSFP-DD-to-OSFP 4x100G & QSFP-DD-to-QSFP112 AEC Series

Sumitomo Electric: Q102-M12+ Ribbon Fiber Splicer

US Conec, Ltd.: Next Generation Multi-fiber Connector

Data Center Interconnect Platforms

Fujitsu Network Communications: 1FINITY™ Ultra Optical System

Go!Foton: PEACOC® EVA High-Density Fiber Patch Panel

Huawei: Huawei OptiXtrans DC908 Pro

Marvell: Nova 1.6 Tbps PAM4 Electro-Optics Platform

Nubis Communications, Inc.: XT1600 High-density Linear Optical Engine

Field Test Equipment

AFL: FlowScout SE100

AFL: Fujikura 45S Cladding Alignment Fusion Splicer

Spirent Communications: Spirent M1 Compact Appliance

VeEX Inc.: FX120 PON Analyzer and Multi-Gig Service QoE Test Set

VeEX Inc.: RFTS-400 Remote Fiber Test System (RFTS)

VeEX Inc.: RXT-4113+ xWDM OTDR Test Module

VeEX Inc.: RXT-6800 Advanced 800G Multi-Service Test Module

VIAVI Solutions: INX 760 Inspection Probe Microscope

VIAVI Solutions: TPA

FTTx Systems

Calix: Enhancements to the Intelligent Access EDGE Solution

Harmonic: cOS™ Broadband Platform

Huawei: 50G PON Solution

Infinera: High-Speed Bus. Services Over Existing PON Infrastructure

SANWA Technologies, Inc.: Pluggable PLC Splitter

Telecable: DeepTracker

ZTE Corporation: FTTR-B Solution

ZTE Corporation: Tbit All-Optical Access Platform ZXA10 C600E

Lab/Production Test Equipment

Coherent Corp: WaveShaper 4000B / O-Band

Keysight Technologies, Inc.: AresONE 800GE Dual Interface Model-M

MultiLane Inc.: Nexus

Quantifi Photonics: QCA Series High-Speed Communication Analyzer

Santec Corporation: RD-SP-100 Remote-head Integrating Sphere & Polarity Detector

Spirent Communications: Spirent B2 800G 8-Port Appliances

VIAVI Solutions: ONE LabPro

Optical Components

Coherent Corp: 140 Gbaud IC-TROSA 800G DCO pluggable transceivers

Lumentum: 130+ GBaud Smart TROSA

Precision Optical Technologies: Genesee™ Dispersion Compensation ASIC

Ridgemount Technologies Limited: The Ridgemount LC-QR™ [Quick Release] simplex connector


Senko: SN-MT Uniboot Connector

Source Photonics: Single Lambda 200 Gbps PAM4 EML chip for 1.6T

Teramount: TeraVERSE

Optical Subsystems

Huawei: Digital Quick ODN Solution (DQ ODN Solution)

Infinera: ICTR140 TROSA

Lumentum: TrueFlex® 16x26 Contentionless Wavelength Selective Switch

Ribbon Communications: Apollo MPQ_8 High Density 400G/800G ZR+ Metro Transport

ZTE Corporation: Intelligent optical line risk analysis system

Optical Transceivers and Transponders

Coherent Corp: 800G coherent pluggable DCO module in QSFP DD form factor

Eoptolink Technology Inc., Ltd.: 800G-DR8 Linear-drive Pluggable Optics (LPO) Transceiver

Infraeo Inc.: 400G QSFP-DD SR4 Multimode Transceiver

InnoLight Technology: 800G OSFP112 LRO AOC

Jabil, Inc.: 800G Active Optical Cable Product Family

Lumentum: 800G ZR/ZR+ Transceivers

Marvell: COLORZ® 800 ZR/ZR+ Pluggable Module

Source Photonics: 100G SFP112 Product family

Source Photonics: 800G 4x200G FR4/LR4 OSFP Transceivers

Optical Transport Systems

Ciena: 5169

Ciena: 8140

DZS: Saber RDM-4400

Fujitsu Network Communications: 1FINITY™ Ultra Optical System

Huawei: OptiX OSN 1800 V Pro

Huawei: OptiX OSN 9800 M24

Huawei: SE-OTN Solution

Infinera: GX Open Optical Multi-haul Line System

Nokia: 6th-gen Super-Coherent Photonic Service Engine (PSE-6s) 

SDN/NFV Technology

DZS: Xtreme

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