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Finisar provides technical information to help others gain a better understanding of the products and technologies that drive the optical communications industry. Below you can access Finisar technical papers, presentations and technology demonstration videos. We have also provided a collection of links to other resources helpful in understanding the dynamic optical communications industry.

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Beyond 100 Gb/s

40 Gb/s & 100 Gb/s Technology

Optics - General

Optical Amplifiers

Optical Instrumentation

Tunable Laser Technology

Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL)

Finisar's 25th Anniversary
2013 marks the 25th anniversary for Finisar.  Check out this video to learn more about our silver anniversary and the team spirit of Finisar's culture. 
Watch video: Finisar's 25th Anniversary

Triplexer OSA for 10G EPON OLT Applications (English and Japanese)
The industry's first DML-based PRX40 OSA for 10G EPON was demonstrated at OFC 2013.  See this explained in both English and Japanese.
Watch video: Triplexer OSA for 10G EPON OLT Applications

Parallel 25Gbps Board Mounted Optical Assembly (BOA)
Finisar demonstrated 24 channels supporting more than 600Gbps between transmitter and receiver modules at this OFC 2013 demo.
Watch Video: Parallel 25Gbps BOA

OFC 2013 showcased the WaveAnalyzer 1500S's unique combination of ultra-high resolution and high-speed spectral analysis.
Watch Video: WaveAnalyzer

CFP2 Optical Modules
Two 100G CFP2 modules, which improve port density and flexibility in high-performance optical networks, were demonstrated at OFC 2013.
Watch Video: CFP2 Optical Modules

QSFP Module for 4xLR and 4xLR-Lite Breakout Applications
This demonstration at OFC 2013 used 1310nm VCSEL technology to make this single mode module complimentary to today's short reach multimode QSFP+ modules.
Watch Video: QSFP Module for 4xLR and 4xLR-Lite Breakout Applications

Automated Spectral Shaping with WaveShaper
This new software package, which provides an Application Programmers Interface (API) and which allows rapid automated settings of filter shapes, was demonstrated at OFC 2012.
Watch Video: Automated Spectral Shaping with WaveShaper

28Gb/s VCSEL Demonstration for Next Generation 32G Fibre Channel
This technology demonstration at OFC 2012 showed VCSEL capability up to 28.05 Gb/s over multi-mode fiber.
Watch Video: 28Gb/s VCSEL Demonstration

GPON Stick (SFP-ONT) for FTTx and Wireless Backhaul Applications
OFC 2012 marked the demonstration of the industry's first GPON Stick product, a GPON ONT in a MSA SFP package.
Watch Video: GPON Stick Demonstration

Board Mount Optical Assemblies for Optical Backplane Applications
The Board Mount Optical Assembly (BOA) demonstration at OFC 2012 showed a new transceiver form factor that fundamentally changes the way optics are deployed in network, storage and high-performance computing systems.
Watch Video: BOA demonstration

Leading-Edge 100G Modules for Telecom Networks
OFC 2012 showcased new 100G Coherent and DWDM CFP modules designed to bring cost economies and power efficiency to long haul applications."
Watch Video: 100G Modules for Telecom Networks

Flexgrid Technology Overview
Learn more about how to Future Proof Your Network!
Watch Video: Flexgrid Technology

80km 10G SFP+ Transceiver Demonstration
Finisar demonstrated its new multi-rate transceiver for 80km 10G telecom client and metro applications at OFC 2011.
Watch Video: 80km 10G SFP+ Demo

80km 10G SFP+ Transceiver Demonstration (Italian version)
Finisar demonstrated its new multi-rate transceiver for 80km 10G telecom client and metro applications at OFC 2011.
Watch Video: 80km 10G SFP+ Demo in Italian

Flexgrid Technology Demonstration
The world's first public demonstration of a 1x9 WSS with Flexgrid Technology took place at OFC 2011.
Watch Video: WSS Flexgrid Technology Demo

The Future of Telecom Optical Networks
A roundtable discussion in 2011 with industry leaders including Steve Frisken of Finisar, Glenn Wellbrock of Verizon, and Zeljko Bulut of Nokia Siemens Networks.
Watch Video: The Future of Telecom Optical Networks

WaveShaper 100S and WaveManger Application Suite
The WaveManager Application Suite and the WaveShaper 100S Channel Selector were introduced as the newest members of the WaveShaper family of Programmable Optical Processors at ECOC 2010.
Watch Video: WaveShaper 100S and WaveManger Application Suite

ECOC TV interviews Eitan Gertel, CEO of Finisar
Eitan discusses the latest technology and products from Finisar with ECOC TV at ECOC 2010 in Turin, Italy.
Watch Video: Eitan Gertel interview

Tunable XFP Demonstration
Highlighting Finisar's booth at OFC 2010 was the 10Gb/s tunable XFP transceiver operating from 8.5 to 11.3 Gb/s across multiple protocols.
Watch Video: Tunable XFP Demo

100G Ethernet CFP Module Demonstration
Joint demonstration with Ixia and EXFO of a standards-compliant 100G Ethernet optical link at OFC 2010.
Watch Video: 100G Ethernet CFP Module Demonstration

EWP Wavelength Selective Switch Demonstration
Finisar demonstrated its Edge Wavelength Processor (EWP) 1x2 Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) in operation under typical network application conditions at OFC 2010.
Watch Video: EWP 1x2 at OFC 2010

WaveShaper M-Series Demonstration
OFC 2010 marked the debut of the M-Series, a version of the WaveShaper for embedding in systems and subsystems for OEM applications.
Watch Video: Introducing the WaveShaper M-Series

EWP 1x2 Introduction / WSS Products
Our new Edge Wavelength Processor (EWP) 1x2 Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) debuted at ECOC 2009. 
Watch Video: WSS Product Overview and EWP 1x2 Introduction

WaveShaper S-Series Demonstration
At ECOC 2009, Finisar introduced the new WaveShaper S-Series extending the flexibility and performance of its family of Programmable Optical Processors.
Watch Video: Demonstration of the new WaveShaper S-Series

40 Gigabit Ethernet CFP Transceiver Demonstration
Check out the world's first public demonstration of an operational 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GE) module in the new pluggable CFP form factor, which took place at ECOC 2009.
Watch Video: 40GE CFP Transceiver Demonstration

Recirculating Loop Demonstration
Visual explanation of a multi-wavelength recirculating optical loop operating at 40Gb/s.
Watch Video: Multi-Wavelength Recirculating Loop Demonstration

300-pin Module Unpacking Demonstration
Learn how to properly unpack your 40G, 300-pin transponder.
Watch Video: Unpacking your 300-pin module

Opening the Allen, TX facility
The Allen, Texas facility was officially unveiled on October 10, 2006 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and in parallel celebrate the shipment of its 50 millionth VCSEL, a significant industry milestone.
Watch Video: Opening of Allen Facility / shipment of 50 Millionth VCSEL

ROADM Technology
Learn about how ROADM Technology works and how it fits into Finisar's product portfolio.
Watch Video: ROADM Technology

Finisar World Class International Facilities
Get a sneak peak into our manufacturing and research facilities around the world. This was also featured at our Analyst Day 2008.
Watch Video: Finisar's International Manufacturing Facilities

Finisar Overview
Check out this video to learn more about the global leader of fiber optics subsystems and components for communication applications.  
Watch Video: See What Finisar is All About

Finisar Tools


Web Resources

The Benefit of Optics (wiki)
Wikinvest describes the Fiber Optics Industries and provides information on benefits of fiber optics. Wikinvest also provides resource tools to look up an analysis of various companies in the industry as well as their current quote and news.

How Fiber Optics Work (how stuff works)
"How Stuff Works?" is part of The Discovery Company that provides interested readers insight into how various communication technology actually works in an extremely reader friendly way. In this article they explain how fiber optics work using resources like a video, diagram and describes the individual components of Fiber optics.

The Birth of Fiber Optics (about.com)
This article on about.com describes the timeline of the birth and evolution of fiber optics, while providing short descriptions of how each innovation came about.

What are Optics and Photonics? (OSA)
The Optical Society provides generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics. This article briefly describes what optics and photonics are, as well as provides information on how optics and photonics technology enhances certain areas of life.

Wikipedia Definition of Fiber Optics (Wiki)
This is Wikipedia’s detailed page on the definition, birth, evolution, application and current state of fiber optics.

Optics for Kids (OSA)
Optics for teens is a website provided by the OSA (The Optical Society) in order to present topics of optic technology in fun and exciting ways to teenagers. This page titled "Exploring the Science of Light" encourages and reminds students to have fun with science while still teaching them about optics and other topics.

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc (FOA)
The Fiber Optic Association (FOA) is a non-profit professional society of fiber optics. This is their home webpage that provides interested visitors with a plethora of various resources about Fiber optics, including: video tutorials on optic cable preparation, online reference guides, and links to schools and training programs.

Useful Books

Optical Fiber Telecommunications Volume VIA: Components and Subsystems
Ivan Kaminow, Tingye Li and Alan E Willner

Optical Fiber Telecommunications Volume VIB: Systems and Networks (Optics and Photonics)
Ivan Kaminow, Tingye Li and Alan E Willner

Introduction to Fiber Optics
John Crisp and Barry Elliott

Fiber Optic Reference Guide
David Goff

FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics: Study Guide to FOA Certification
Jim Hayes

Optical Fiber Communications
Gerd Keiser

Optical Networking: A Wiley Tech Brief
Debra Cameron

Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective
Rajiv Ramaswami and Kumar N. Sivarajan

Technician's Guide to Fiber Optics
Donald J. Sterling Jr.

Thomas' Telecom & Networking Dictionary
Thomas M. Thomas II

Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems: An Entry-Level Guide
John G. Nellist