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Focuz Manufacturing and Aifotec form strategic partnership
Aifotec Fiberoptics GmbH based in Meiningen, Germany, and Focuz Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand, have decided to expand their relationship by forming an official strategic partnership. The companies plan to create a design and manufacturing service for cost-effective photonic assemblies.The expertise within Focuz and Aifotec complement each other well, the companies say.Aifotec’s hybrid integration technology enables packaging process development for optical engines using glass, ceramic, polymer, and silicon benches, using either eutectic bonding or other gluing techniques.Focuz is a supplier of volume manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain management services for opto-electrical components and systems, including fiber-optic cabling, die- and wirebonding, and packaging up to final product level.There is growing demand for contract design, manufacturing, and packaging of electro-optical components and subassemblies in bandwidth-demanding applications for high-volume consumer and data communication markets, according to Aifotec. These markets are driven by cost sensitivity right from the start of the design process. However, to meet the challenge, new process technologies and materials needing to be used.This requires more than just brute force mass production capability – it requires a smart, collaborative approach and careful selection of materials and processes, as well as a design for manufacturability (DFM) approach and appropriate experience in the physics of photonics and electro-optical coupling, the companies say.“Together with Aifotec we can offer the customer a wider scope of services and an effective cycling from prototypes to final product, and optimize the total product cost and the process for manufacturing,” said Dr. Teera Achariypaopan, president and CEO of Focuz.“When looking for cost effective prototyping and process development, we find the cooperation with Focuz to be an outstanding partnership for us,” said Dr. Gunther Vollrath, CEO and founder of Aifotec GmbH. “We can offer our customers a complete service chain all the way to a final, pig-tailed, and packaged product at module or system level.”
The OIF addresses speed, security, and control plane management
The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has been busy: Over the last month it approved two new Implementation Agreements (IAs), published two new whitepapers and completed interoperability testing. Carried out by the Physical and Link Layer and Networking Working Groups, the program has addressed a variety of technologies including speed, cooling, security, and control plane management.“The type of work taking place within the OIF continues to expand to meet the industry’s needs,” said Tellabs’ Jonathan Sadler, the OIF Technical Committee chair. ”The different groups within the OIF work together diligently to identify and address technology gaps that are needed to advance the industry to the next level.”The first implementation agreement approved by OIF members is the Multi-Link Gearbox (MLG), which defines a 10:4 mux function to convert multiple (up to 10) independent 10-Gbps links into 4x25G lanes, and a 4:10 demux function to convert the 4x25G lanes back to multiple (up to 10) independent 10-Gbps links. This will enable a variety of applications to reuse 100GBASE-R technology for the transport of individual 10G links.The second implementation agreement is the End-to-End Transport of UNI Client Authentication, Integrity, and Data Plane Security Support Information. This IA describes a new end-to-end digital signature mechanism that provides authentication, integrity, and support for non-repudiation of UNI-C to UNI-C communications. It provides guidelines for implementers describing what to protect and how to apply this protection. It also discusses performance impacts, policy enforcement, security credentials, and error handling.The whitepaper on Management Plane (OSS) Support for Control Plane (CP) Networks documents some of the network management functionality that is needed for the management of multi-domain intelligent optical networks. Carriers have expressed interest in operational support for multi-domain CP driven networks and in the rapid deployment of new CP technologies and capabilities without network service disruption. This whitepaper identifies areas that need to be addressed in network management to help operators achieve this goal.The whitepaper on Thermal Management at the Faceplate represents the work of the OIF to consider the system issues for thermal management at the faceplate of a line card. Issues associated with air cooling of pluggable modules in a line card are examined, starting with a brief tutorial of the basic physics, and also including examples of methods that can be used to improve cooling and discussion of design limitations and trade-offs. Guidance on the necessary communications between optics plug suppliers, the system architects and system thermal designers is provided.Last but not least, the OIF performed interoperability testing of the Security Extension for UNI and E-NNI 2.0 and Security for Management Interfaces to Network Elements 2.0 implementation agreements. These tests are a first-of-its kind for control plane networks, the company says, and were performed at OIF Interoperability 2012 – Enabling High-Speed Dynamic Services earlier this year and reviewed by members at the Q2 meeting. The test results will be used to evaluate future changes to the security agreements and to determine the need for future security tests.
Hibernia Atlantic provides connectivity for LuxConnect
Transatlantic connectivity provider Hibernia Atlantic has partnered with LuxConnect, a data center and network operator based in Luxembourg. The partnership will enable each company to expand its global footprint and secure connectivity throughout key European and US cities including Luxembourg City, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Dublin, and New York.LuxConnect manages and operates a high-capacity fiber network connecting Luxembourg to major hubs and data centers throughout Europe. The operator has also secured support from the Luxembourg government to further build out network access within the country. As Luxembourg is home to large enterprise and financial institutions, technology firms, and media companies, the expanded network reach will be a natural draw for the region.François Biltgen, Luxembourg’s minister for communications and media, welcomed Hibernia’s decision to invest in Luxembourg. “Hibernia in Luxembourg is a fantastic confirmation that the Government’s strategy and connectivity investments over the recent years are bearing fruit. Luxembourg has made it to the map of the leading ICT locations in Europe!” he proclaimed.Online content providers such as search engine operators or e-auction houses, media conglomerates, and enterprise companies will be able to connect from Luxembourg to Ireland and then across the ocean to North America quickly and securely. This is especially relevant for companies that require large amounts of power, minimum data center costs, and close proximity to all European and North American countries.The partners also say they will be able to offer the lowest latency connections in the region, taking advantage of high-capacity links, including 10-Gbps Ethernet connections, from LuxConnect’s facility in Luxembourg City to Hibernia Atlantic’s points of presence in Frankfurt and Paris. This additional capacity will enable any data center customer in Luxembourg to access to 10-Gbps capacity throughout Europe and the US, the partners assert.
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