2019 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Honorees

For the sixth year of our optical communications technology recognition program, we’ve gone back to basics. As always, we invited technology developers to submit products in various technology categories for review by our independent panel of judges in time for OFC 2019. In some cases, that brought entries for products that will be introduced at this year's show.

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For the sixth year of our optical communications technology recognition program, we’ve gone back to basics. As always, we invited technology developers to submit products in various technology categories for review by our independent panel of judges in time for OFC 2019. In some cases, that brought entries for products that will be introduced at this year's show.

Lightwave Editorial Director Stephen Hardy, in his role as Award Program Manager, assigned each entry to be reviewed by 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: Useful product, yet commodity

2-3: Solid product with viable attributes

3-4: Excellent product with technical features and performance that provide clear and substantial benefits

4-5: Superb product that sets new standard for performance and provides groundbreaking and new technical milestones.

This year’s panel included:

  • Robert Blum, director, strategic marketing and business development, Intel Corp.
  • Brandon Collings, CTO, Optical Communications, CCOP, Lumentum
  • Jorg-Peter Elbers, SVP, advanced technology, standards and IPR, ADVA Optical Networking
  • Frank Effenberger, Futurewei Technologies
  • Mike Frankel, Ciena Fellow, Ciena
  • Lisa Huff, principal analyst, Optical Components, OVUM
  • Tom Issenhuth, principal at Issenhuth Consulting
  • Peter Jones, Principal Engineer, Cisco
  • Vladimir Kozlov, founder and CEO, LightCounting
  • Patrick McLaughlin, editor in chief, Cabling Installation & Maintenance
  • Bethany Rüddek, RTPM, program advisor/R&D, Concert Technologies
  • Rick Talbot, president, Telecommunications Solutions
  • Jim Theodoras, vice president of R&D, HGGenuine USA.
  • Matt Traverso, Principal Engineer, Cisco
  • Dr. Tiejun J. (TJ) Xia, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Verizon

And, as has been tradition, we honor the following entries for achieving a score of at least 3.5 on that 1 to 5 scale. Congratulations to all of the companies listed below – and be sure to look for these companies at OFC 2019 to find out more.

Carrier Fiber, Cable, Enclosures and Accessories

Corning Clear Track Hallway Fiber Pathway

Go!Foton PEACOC™ OSP High Density Fiber Distribution Hub

Incoax Networks In:xtnd™

Wirewerks NextSTEP FLEX Module

Wirewerks NextSTEP Wall Mount Enclosure

Communications Semiconductors and Electrical ICs

Inphi Porrima™ PAM4 Platform

Microchip Technology DIGI-G5 OTN processor

Phononic Non-Hermetic Thermoelectric Cooler

VLC Photonics Innovative Business Model

Data Center Fiber, Cable, Enclosures and Accessories

Corning RocketRibbon Extreme Density Cable

Field Test Equipment

AFL FOCIS Lightning

Anritsu Network Master Pro MT1000A

EXFO ConnectorMax MPO Link Test Solution

Fluke Networks FI-3000 FiberInspector™ Pro

Fluke Networks OptiFiber® Pro High Dynamic Range OTDR

Ixia, a Keysight Business, AresONE Test System

Lumacron Technology Athena

Spirent Communications pX3-QSFP28-12-225A-FLEXE Test Module

Sumix Manta-W+ Fiber Inspection Microscope

VIAVI Solutions DTSS B-OTDR

VIAVI Solutions MAP-2100

VIAVI Solutions OLP-87 NG-PON2 Wavelength Selective PON Power Meter

VIAVI Solutions OTU-5000 Optical Test Unit

FTTx Products

ADTRAN 2nd Generation Gfast Portfolio

Sanwa Electronics USA FTTH Solution

Wirewerks MINUS1U Patch Panel

Wirewerks NextSTEP™ 1U Patch Panel

Lab/Production Test Equipment

EXFO FTBx-88460 Power Blazer – Multiservice 400G Test Solution

Finisar WaveAnalyzer 200A

Keysight Technologies Infiniium UXR-Series Oscilloscopes

Spirent Communications pX3/dX3 400/200/100/50GbE QSFP-DD Appliance

Tektronix DPO7OE2 59-GHz Single-Mode Optical Probe

Xena Networks Safire NGFW Tester

Optical Components

Finisar Integrated Tunable Transmitter and Receiver Assembly (ITTRA)

MATP-10025 MACOM PRISM™, 100G Serial PHY

Modular Photonics On-chip Mode Selective Multiplexer

Senko Advanced Components SN Connector

Optical Subsystems

ECI Telecom TM1200

Lumentum TrueFlex® Contentionless Twin 8x24 WSS

Optical Transceivers and Transponders

Acacia Communications AC1200 1.2T Coherent Module

Menara Networks, an IPG Photonics Company, 200G CFP2-DCO

Menara Networks, an IPG Photonics Company, Tunable "System-in-a-Module" OTN SFP+

Optical Transport Systems

Calix AXOS Intelligent Access Edge Solution

Ciena 8180 Coherent Networking Platform

Huawei 200G-600G Programmable Transport System

Huawei OXC on OSN 9800 Platform

Huber+Suhner Cube Optics CUBO mini – 100G Optical Multi-Purpose Tool

SDN/NFV Technology

Huawei Optical Intelligence on Optical O&M

LightRiver Optical Waves IBN

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