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Juniper’s Aurrion Buyout: Tech Nightmare?

Juniper Networks probably had very good reasons for becoming more vertically integrated in the optical space including perhaps the need to internally control its supply of transceivers as well as maybe strengthen its competitive position by acquiring intellectual property. Yet, its purchase of Aurrion and its complex set of moving parts at what seems to…

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Silicon Photonics’ Shift: Still Cost/Loss Issues

The lead article in the September 1969 issue of the Bell System Technical Journal was written by Stewart E. Miller, entitled “Integrated Optics: An Introduction,” which framed “a proposal for a miniature laser beam circuitry” along with the promise of “economy should ultimately result.” Close to a half of a century later, even with a…

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IBM Dimming Silicon Photonics Hype Level

Although the hoopla over silicon photonics (SP) has not been as pronounced at IBM as at Intel, including consistent involvement by technologists at the highest corporate layer of the latter, the former was heavily promoting the development of these chips for a long time as well. Each company had been spending R&D funds on SP…

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Intel’s Credibility Problem with Optics?

While the hype machine on the latest and greatest technology always reigns supreme in the fiber optics market, Intel appeared to take Silicon Photonics (SP) to an unprecedented level for an extremely long period of time. Just the sheer amount of money spent by the supplier, specifically the Silicon Photonics Solutions Group’s (SPSG) promotional efforts,…

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Knocking of Silicon Photonics Now Mainstream

Who would be against the idea of applying Moore’s Law at some time in the future to optical chips in that it would revolutionize the entire cost structure of transporting signals over light? Nevertheless, only a short time ago, there was hardly a peep of public criticism when it came to the obvious shortcomings of…

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Silicon Photonics: Widespread Usage on Active Components Doubtful

While the amount of industry chatter about silicon photonics rose substantially in 2014, partially because of certain market research firms looking to sell more reports, the technological hurdles, especially with insertion loss, make extensive use of active, combined components, such as for modulators and photodetectors, unlikely in the foreseeable future. Although there have definitely been…

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