This presentation will review trends in bandwidth growth and describe required solution developments for optical interconnect technologies in communication networks over the next decade. Since the invention of low loss optical fiber some 40 years ago, its application has progressed from long-haul and submarine cables to metro networks and now in campus and fiber to the home networks as well as data centers. The explosive growth in bandwidth demand continues with the desire to be connected anytime, anywhere with any device. Applications like 4G/LTE wireless, cloud services and ultra-high definition video are some of the drivers that require new connectivity solutions in wireless, data center and even consumer applications.
While optical fiber has proven to be the only transmission medium with virtually unlimited bandwidth, its basic design has evolved to accommodate the different transceiver technologies in the different network segments. New highly bendable fibers maintain low loss and achieve the required bandwidth at the same time.
Optical connectivity technology is changing even more. The requirements can be very different dependent upon the network application. Silicon Photonics technology for data centers requires new connectivity for fiber chip coupling as well as passive interconnects. Connectors that survive the harsh outside plant environment are deployed to reduce the installation cost to bring true broadband to the home. And finally, optical connectivity is reaching consumer electronics in two phases, first with active optical cables but then new lensed connectivity technology will enable use in the home and office.
Dr. Bernhard Deutsch is vice president, product line management for Corning Optical Communications with responsibility for global product strategy, planning and introduction, pricing, portfolio and life cycle management for optical connectivity solutions.
Deutsch joined Corning (then Siemens Communication Cables) in 1995 as manager, application and systems engineering in Munich, Germany. Since then he held various positions with growing responsibilities in business and market development, marketing and product line management. Most recently he led Corning’s Program to develop connectivity for Consumer Networks. Prior to joining Corning, Deutsch was research director at Grohmann Engineering GmbH in Prüm, Germany and served in the German Air Force.
Deutsch holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He has more than 15 patents and is the co-author of four books and numerous national and international publications. Deutsch has served on advisory boards of Paxio Inc. and Optical Solutions Inc., the Sector Board Telecommunications of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the board of directors of the Catawba Science Center and Canine Companions for Independence, and as chairman of the FTTH Council’s Technology Committee.