Lightwave Announces Winners of 2018 Innovation Reviews

Lightwave Editorial Director Stephen Hardy revealed the highest scoring entries in 10 product categories as 2018 Innovation Reviews Winners during a reception held on the second day of OFC 2018 in San Diego, CA. The event marked the first time in the program’s five-year history that Lightwave named the top scoring entry in each category a 2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Winner!    

Mar 15th, 2018
2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Winners
2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Winners

Lightwave Editorial Director Stephen Hardy revealed the highest scoring entries in 10 product categories as 2018 Innovation Reviews Winners during a reception held on the second day of OFC 2018 in San Diego, CA. The event marked the first time in the program’s five-year history that Lightwave named the top scoring entry in each category a 2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Winner!

The Innovation Reviews is an optical communications technology recognition program. As was the case in previous years, technology developers were invited to submit products in various technology categories for review and for scoring by our independent panel of judges in time for OFC.

Lightwave’s Hardy, in his role as Award Program Manager, assigned each entry to be reviewed by judges knowledgeable in the relevant technology or application. Three judges then rated each entry on a scale of 1 to 5 based on the product's originality, usefulness, and differentiation from similar products. The Finalists in each category were announced in February (see "2018 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Finalists").

In the past, products that received a score of at least 3.5 were awarded Elite Score status, and this achievement was recognized on the website (see, for example, "2017 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Elite Scores"). This year, products with a 3.5 score were named Finalists.

Rather than release those scores and congratulate those who achieved Elite Score status as Lightwave has done in the past, scores were kept secret, and Winners were announced at a reception during OFC. Winners in each category received a trophy commissioned specifically for the program.

Lightwave salutes this year's participants for submitting their products for review, and congratulates the following winners:

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

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

VIAVI Solutions FiberChek Sidewinder

FTTx Products

ADTRAN Gigabit Gfast with GTTB Model

Lab/Production Test Equipment

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

Optical Components

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

Optical Transport Systems

Nokia PSE-3s Coherent DSP

Lightwave's staff played no role in the judging of the submitted products. Participating companies were informed that the judges who reviewed their entries would remain anonymous.

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