OFC/NFOEC was a lively event this year with 800 technical presentations, 560 exhibitors, and more than 12,000 attendees. With a continuing increase in attendance each year over the last for years, its a clear sign that the Optical Networking Industry is in a growth phase.
We chose OFC/NFOEC as the launch vehicle for our new S320 Photonic Switch. Two years in development and building on the proven 8-year track record of the Fiber Connect product line, the S320 is the highest capacity, smallest form factor, lowest power consumption 3D MEMS photonic switch on the market. Optimized for explosive growth in Data Centers and Cloud Computing networks the S320 is a key foundation for the new generation of high-performance-computing.
We found tremendous interest in CALIENT and the S320 at OFC/NFOEC from multiple market segments – data center, service provider, and government. With the speed of network evolution from 10 to 40 and 100 Gbit/s, all-optical photonic switching becomes very attractive because it scales without the need for upgrade. The extremely low latency compared with conventional OEO switching is also very attractive in many applications.