Scottish start-up Optoscribe Ltd. has added an eight-channel multicore fiber fanout device to its 3D Optofan product range. Unlike other devices on the market, Optoscribe says the 3D Optofan series can be easily customized to suit multicore fiber geometry. Multicore fibers will enable network operators to dramatically increase the amount of data that can be transferred across an optical fiber, thereby reducing cabling costs and dimensions whilst maximizing data bandwidth. It will be ideal for applications where space is at a premium and high bandwidth connectivity is essential. Founded in 2010 as a spin-out from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot Watt University, Optoscribe has developed a “unique” embedded waveguide technology. The company believes this technology will help to overcome the hurdles often associated with the adoption of new technology such as multicore fibers. “Our accurate 3D embedded waveguides allow the fabrication of devices that are impossible to produce using solely planar technologies, opening new possibilities and integration scenarios,” the company said in a statement. “We use proven and tested manufacturing processes to enable simple volume scalability and ensure that our products are designed to meet the needs of the telecommunications markets.” The start-up’s 3D Optofan Series and 3D MMux Photonic Lantern combine multiple components into a single platform to enable high throughput, low insertion loss and a broad flat spectral response over telecoms bands. This leads to the transmission of high data rates, decreased footprint and reduced assembly costs, for both short and long haul communications, the company claims. The new eight-channel fanout joins the 3D Optofan series of products that already include 4-,7-, and 19-channel devices. Optoscribe is located in Livingston, between the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. For more information on optical cabling and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyers Guide.