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100G Will Remain Dominant for Decades

The understatement of the first half century involving optics may have come from a Ciena executive at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in September 2016: “[W]e think 100-gigabit is probably going to be the currency for some time still. That is a lot of capacity. I think we all get desensitized to it because everybody…

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Infinera and the Age of Narcissism

In early 2012, Forbes published an article called “Why Narcissistic CEOs Kill Their Companies.” While we believe that some of the characteristics described in the article do not necessarily apply to the two principal corporate executives at Infinera, there are at least several that seem to fit one or both to a tee. It also…

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USC Chair Claims It Takes a Village

Reporting from the OASIS6 Conference and Exhibition on Optics and Electro Optics in Tel Aviv, as part of the EPIC delegation to Israel, well-known professor, Alan Wilner, spoke at the opening session. His message was mainly about the US needing to be more strategic about investing in photonics (meaning government spending), and “transcending the individual.”…

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Major Pitfall in Financing Technology

When venture capitalists, angel investors, and other types of financiers are approached for funding they need to be aware that many corporate managers and engineers (not necessarily with intention) have a tendency to confuse the following three terms, which have definite demarcation lines: 1) technical exploration, 2) technology development, and 3) product development. The levels…

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Singapore: GlobalFoundries/Coherent/Poet

As a delegate to the EPIC mission to Singapore, this writer was impressed by the entrepreneurial enthusiasm, work ethic, and exceptional hospitality of the people in the country. While I am hardly a fan in general of public-private partnerships or too much of an emphasis on technology development at universities in which the best engineers…

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Double Standard When It Comes to Verizon

Although during its existence as a corporation, Verizon has made its share of mistakes, there are often contrasting principles at work with some members of the press and certain industry analysts when it comes to the firm, especially in relation to AT&T. While the latter is looked upon more favorably nowadays, its strategy has been…

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