2020 Lightwave Innovation Reviews Honorees

Feb. 20, 2020
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 here!
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Our seventh annual Lightwave Innovation Reviews follows our standard format. We invited technology developers to submit products in various technology categories for review by our independent panel of judges in time for OFC 2020. 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 at least three 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, Vice President and Fellow, Access Advanced Technologies, Futurewei Technologies
  • Mike Frankel, Ciena Fellow, Ciena
  • Jim Hayes, President, Fiber Optic Association
  • 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
  • Jim Theodoras, vice president of R&D, HGGenuine USA.
  • Matt Traverso, Principal Engineer, Cisco
  • Ken Williams, Director, HFC Evolution and Standards. WOW!
  • 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 2020 to find out more.

Carrier Fiber, Cable, Enclosures, and Accessories

Go!Foton PEACOC High Density Compact Wireline-Wireless Terminal

Ripley Tools Miller ACS+ Cable Slitter for Armored Cables

STL Next Generation Bend Insensitive A2 Fiber - Stellar

STL High Fiber Count Ribbon and Cables - TruRibbon

Wirewerks LGXtra Patch Module

Wirewerks NextSTEP 3S Modules

Wirewerks Zayo Group Switches to New NextSTEP Fiber Distribution Frame

Communications Semiconductors and Electrical ICs

InPhi Porrima Gen2 PAM4 400-Gbps Platform

MaxLinear MxL93516 100G PAM4 DSP with EA-EML Integrated Driver

Microchip Technology META-DX1 1.2-Tbps Ethernet PHY with MACsec and FlexE

Data Center Fiber, Cable, Enclosures and Accessories

Molex LumaLink

Sumitomo Electric Industries AirMT Ferrule: Non-Contact Multi-Fiber Interconnect

Data Center Interconnect Platforms

Consortium for On Board Optics Delta Open Networking Platform COBO PoC

Field Test Equipment

AFL Splicer Accessory Management via Bluetooth

Anritsu Co. Network Master Pro MT1000A

EXFO Optical Explorer

Keysight Technologies N4891A 400GBASE FEC-Aware Receiver Test Solution

LightRiver intelligent Factory Built Network

Spirent Communications Spirent 400G 1U Appliance

Viavi Solutions DWDM Optical Channel Checker module (OCC-4056C)

Viavi Solutions Network & Service Companion (NSC-100)

Viavi Solutions ONMS for PON Construction and Activation

Viavi Solutions ONMS Tunable DWDM Fiber Network Management Solution

FTTx Systems

ADTRAN 10G Fiber Access Portfolio


Lab/Production Test Equipment

Anritsu Co. Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A

Coherent Solutions BERTPXIe - Bit Error Rate Tester

EXFO Full-band combiner (FBC) on the CTP10 Component Test Platform

Spirent Communications Spirent FlexE-100

Sumix Side+Front View for MPO Geometry & Guide Holes Parallelism

Viavi Solutions VIAVI MAP-300 Optical Manufacturing Test Platform

Viavi Solutions VIAVI ONT-800 Optical Network Test Platform

Xena Networks ApS Vantage Ethernet Production Line Tester

Optical Components


Lumentum S32, S29, M31, and M29 Series 980 nm Pump Modules

Senko Advanced Components Waterproof LC

Suncall America MPO Internal Shutter Adapter with SC Footprint

Optical Transceivers and Transponders

II-VI Inc. 25-Gbps Wavelength Tunable SFP28 Transceiver

Ciena WaveLogic 5 Extreme

Inphi COLORZ II 400ZR Pluggable Transceiver

ProLabs Multi-Code Optical Transceivers

Optical Transport Systems

ECI Telecom Apollo OPT9904X Pay-as-you-Grow Edge OTN/Packet Switch

Fujitsu Network Communications 1FINITY L220 CDC Add/Drop Blade

Fujitsu Network Communications 1FINITY S-Series Switch with Cloud Based Routing

Infinera XR optics

Inphi Canopus 7-nm DSP Enabling 400G Coherent Pluggables

ZTE Large OTN Switching Platform Based on E-OTN Solution

SDN/NFV Technology

ZTE ZENIC ONE SDN Product for Transport Networks