Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) unveiled SMF-28e fiber, an extension of its single-mode fiber product line. SMF-28e fiber, designed with low attenuation at the water peak, offers network designers the ability to create high-capacity, low-cost networks. This product is intended for unamplified systems and brings new functionality to service providers, such as ILECs, CLECs, CATV and utilities. Reduced attenuation in the water peak region opens a new operating window, allowing the transmission of more information over the same number of fibers. Corning SMF-28e fiber is currently available worldwide.
The additional operating wavelength potential opened by low attenuation in the water peak region combined with the emergence of systems designed to operate over those wavelengths translate into more options for network designers. They may choose to transmit more channels on a single fiber, to increase channel spacing to facilitate coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) or to reserve the additional wavelengths for future use. SMF-28e fiber allows service providers the opportunity to build for current applications and to design for future upgrades of their systems while enjoying the benefits of single-mode fiber.
SMF-28e fiber boasts superior low water peak performance across the entire operating wavelength range, including a specified attenuation at 1383 nm of less than or equal to 0.31 dB/km with a hydrogen-induced attenuation increase of less than or equal to 0.01 dB/km. SMF-28e fiber will maintain its performance advantage throughout the life of the product, providing excellent first-day attenuation as well as unparalleled lifetime performance. SMF-28e fiber is an ITU, G.652.C fiber and is compliant with all applicable industry standards.
Established in 1851, Corning Incorporated manufactures optical fiber, cable and photonic products for the telecommunications industry; and high-performance displays and components for television and other communications-related industries. The company also uses advanced materials to manufacture products for scientific, semiconductor and environmental markets. For more information, visit www.corning.com.