- Technical Information
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.
For marketing collateral such as product briefs, datasheets and application notes, visit the Finisar Product Finder and locate the specific product of interest.
Beyond 100 Gb/s
40 Gb/s & 100Gb/s Technology
Optics - General
Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL)
Learn more about the global leader of fiber optics subsystems and components for communication applications.
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Learn how ROADM Technology works and how it fits into Finisar's product portfolio.
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Finisar World Class International Facilities
Get a sneak peek into our manufacturing and research facilities around the world.
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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
Demonstration of EWP Wavelength Selective Switch
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
Industry Conferences and Exhibitions
Industry Websites and Blogs
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 Teens (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 Life" encourages and reminds student 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.
An Introduction to Fiber Optics
By John Crisp and Barry Elliott
Fiber Optic Reference Guide
By David Goff
Optical Fiber Communications
By Gerd Keiser
Optical Networking: A Wiley Tech Brief
By Debra Cameron
Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective
By Rajiv Ramaswami and Kumar N. Sivarajan
Technician's Guide to Fiber Optics
By Donald J. Sterling Jr.
Thomas' Telecom & Networking Dictionary
Thomas M. Thomas II
Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems
John G. Nellist