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Is It Time to Review the Optical Fiber Setup in Your Test Lab?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 @ 09:10 AM

As we enter the last quarter of the year, businesses are starting to or continuing to plan and budget for the upcoming year.  This may mean new investments, new equipment and other upgrades in technology or infrastructure to support and position the company to be competitive and successful in the upcoming year.  

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Topics: optical fibers, test lab, fiber network simulation

Simulating Fiber Optic Links and Latency at Financial Institutions

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

For banking and financial companies in the digital age, having reliable and predictable connectivity to markets along with minimal latency is critical to their success.  A financial network backbone must ensure a customer’s access to funds, particularly after hours, while delivering an additional layer of security and visibility of the most up to date financial data.  But how can a bank or financial institution have confidence that their network will perform as expected?  The solution is to accurately simulate field links and latency in a lab environment to validate system performance will be at the high level it needs to be.

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Topics: optical fibers, fiber optic network simulation, financial, latency simulator

An Introduction to Large Core Optical Fibers

Posted by George Zhu on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 10:09 AM

The most common multimode optical fibers, which allow multiple light modes to propogate along the link simultaneously, are designed with a core diameter size of 50µm for for high-speed communications networks.  You may recognize these types of fibers by industry specifications such as OM2, OM3, and OM4 or by brand names like Corning® ClearCurve® and OFS® LaserWave®.

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Topics: optical fibers, specialty optical fibers, medical fibers, high power lasers, large core fibers, multimode optical fibers

What Is Optical Fiber?

Posted by Tiffany San Souci on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 09:06 AM

Optical fiber is made by drawing glass or plastic to a desired length and diameter (slightly larger than a human hair).  This flexible and highly pure fiber is most commonly used to transmit light for a wide range of applications including visible light displays, sensors, and high-speed communications networks which we will discuss in this article.

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Topics: optical fiber, optical fibers, single mode optical fiber, multimode optical fiber

Get The Most Out Of Bare Optical Fiber Spools

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 @ 17:04 PM

If your company is like most that are involved with building or utilizing fiber optic systems, chances are you have a few spools of bare optical fiber laying around the lab.  Since it is critical to ensure fiber-based equipment works as intended prior to deployment in the field, it is a recommended and common practice for engineers to simulate networks using spools of bare optical fiber.  Because there have been a variety of different fibers available over the years, engineers can end up with fair amount of spools at their disposal.

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Topics: optical fiber, optical fibers, fiber spools, optical fiber spools, bare optical fiber

Chromatic Dispersion in Optical Fibers

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @ 12:08 PM

Chromatic dispersion is a phenomenon that is an important factor in fiber optic communications.  It is the result of the different colors, or wavelengths, in a light beam arriving at their destination at slightly different times.  The result is a spreading, or dispersion, of the on-off light pulses that convey digital information.  Special care must be taken to compensate for this dispersion so that the optical fiber delivers its maximum capacity.

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Topics: optical fiber, optical fibers, chromatic dispersion, long-haul, dispersion compensating fiber, dispersion

Single Mode Optical Fibers by ITU Standards

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 14:05 PM

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a United Nations agency involved with the development of worldwide standards for communications technology.  With the explosive growth and use of fiber optic technology around the world, a number of single mode optical fibers have been designed over the years for various applications.  Since integration of a variety of optical fibers and systems is required to achieve seamless worldwide communication, ITU developed standards for fibers that help to ensure this can happen.

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Topics: optical fibers, single mode optical fiber, nzdsf, g.655, ITU, g.652, g.657, fiber types, smf

Why Test Fiber Optic Equipment Using Real Optical Fiber?

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 @ 15:06 PM

When testing fiber optic equipment intended for longer distances during the development/certification stages, it is vital that engineers ensure their products will operate as intended once installed in the field.  In order to do this, there are a few alternative methods that have been used to accomplish this task.  As a leading provider of network simulation platforms containing real optical fiber spools, questions we commonly receive include:

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Topics: optical fiber, optical network, optical fibers, optical fiber spools, fiber optic network simulation, fiber optic equipment