2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Finalists

For the fifth year of our optical communications technology recognition program, we decided to try something new. 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. In some cases, that brought entries for products that will be introduced at this year's show.

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For the fifth year of our optical communications technology recognition program, we decided to try something new. 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. 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.

Our 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
  • Mike Frankel, Ciena Fellow, Ciena
  • Jim Hayes, president, The Fiber Optic Association
  • 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
  • Rick Talbot, president, Telecommunications Solutions
  • Jim Theodoras, marketing consultant and industry veteran
  • Matt Traverso, Principal Engineer, Cisco
  • Ken Williams, Cable Industry Consultant at PRG
  • Dr. Tiejun J. (TJ) Xia, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Verizon

Now, here’s the twist: Rather than release those scores and congratulate those who achieved Elite Score status as we’ve done in the past, this year we’re playing for keeps. The scores are being kept secret for the time being – because this year the top scoring entry in each category will be named a 2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews winner!

We’ll announce those winners at a reception at OFC, on March 14. In the meantime, we salute this year's participants for being brave enough to submit their products for review. And we congratulate the following companies for achieving Finalist status!

Carrier Fiber, Cable, Enclosures and Accessories

Go!Foton Corp. PEACOC HD FIber Platform for Port Monitoring Applications

Data Center Fiber, Cable, Enclosures and Accessories

Nexans Data Center Solutions ENSPACE System

Data Center Interconnect Platforms

InPhi Corp. Polaris 16-nm PAM4 DSP PHY Product Family

Field Test Equipment

AFL FOCIS WiFi2 Fiber Inspection System

Anritsu Network Master™ Pro MT1000A

EXFO Next-Generation PON Power Meter - PPM-350D

Ixia Solutions Group, A Keysight Business, K400 QSFP-DD-400GE Load Module

United Technologists Europe Ltd. FastLight System

VeEX Inc. OPX-BOXe

VIAVI Solutions FiberChek Sidewinder

FTTx Products

ADTRAN Gigabit Gfast with GTTB Model

Calix AXOS E3-48F Gfast Remote Node

Corning Optical Communications FlexNAP™ Multiuse System

Lightron Inc. NG-PON2 SFP+ ONU

Lab/Production Test Equipment

Anritsu Co. Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A

EXFO FTBx-88400NGE Power Blazer 400G Multiservice Test Solution

HUBER+SUHNER Polatis Polatis i-Series All-Optical Switches

Keysight Technologies M8290A Optical Modulation Analyzer and High-Speed Digitizer Test Solution

Keysight Technologies Keysight N4917BSCA Optical Receiver Stress Test Solution

Spirent Communications Spirent dX3 2-Port Quad-Speed 400/200/100/50GbE Native QSFP-DD Test Module

Tektronix DPO7OE1 33 GHz Optical Probe

Optical Components

Finisar Flextune™ Feature for Wavelength-Tunable Optical Transceivers

InPhi Corp. COLORZ-Lite 100G DWDM Optical Platform

MACOM MATA-03819: Four channel, 106G (53 GB PAM4) Linear TIA for 400G Optical Modules

MACOM PT-28E: Differential-Output Reference Receiver Module for 28/56-GB PAM4 Transmission Receive Applications

Senko Advanced Components CS Connector

Optical Subsystems

ECI Telecom Apollo TM200EN Per-Service Encryption Card

Lumentum TrueFlex® Nano 1x9 Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS)

Optical Transceivers and Transponders

Finisar 10G Tunable BiDi SFP+ Transceiver with T2DOC™ Technology

Finisar 100G QSFP28 eSWDM4 Extended Reach Transceiver

Optical Transport Systems

Ciena GeoMesh Extreme

Ciena Liquid Spectrum

ECI Telecom Apollo 9904X Scalable OTN Platform

Infinera XTS-3300

Nokia PSE-3s Coherent DSP

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