Simon Poole Named Top 100 Engineer

Finisar’s very own Dr. Simon Poole was recognized as part of the Top 100 list of Australia’s Most Influential Engineers. In order to be selected, candidates must be an Australian citizen, a foreign national working in Australia, or an Australian working in another country; but most importantly, the engineer has to be influential. What makes being selected so special is that only one engineer is selected in each industry.

The publication reads:

“Dr. Simon Poole has both local and global roles within Finisar. Locally, he works to develop new markets and products for Finisar Australia (which he co-founded and has delivered nearly $500m in exports over the past seven years). Globally, he works across multiple groups in Finisar to assist in product and market development as well as being part of the global mergers and acquisitions team.

Poole said a significant local achievement for him in the past year had been the release of the first products based on a new technology platform developed by Finisar Australia’s Sydney team in conjunction with other Finisar groups in Shanghai and Sweden…read full article here”.
Over the last several years, Simon has worked especially hard as he travelled to over 12 countries to serve as an IEEE distinguished lecturer in the category of entrepreneurship.

These accomplishments go above and beyond the criteria for the Top 100 list of Australia’s Most Influential Engineers. It is no surprise to us that Simon was selected for this honour given his well-respected track record.

Keep up the good work, Simon!

Check out Simon’s insights and opinions on Optical Communications on Finisar’s LightSpeed blog.

Finisar Australia Founders Hono(u)red

Finisar Australia’s founders, Dr. Simon Poole and Dr. Steven Frisken, were honored last month as recipients of the prestigious 2013 Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Clunies Ross Award for innovation in science and engineering. The citation for the award reads:

“To Dr Simon Poole and Dr Steven Frisken: Australia’s most successful commercialisers of new technologies which have shaped the internet worldwide, some of which are key components of the NBN in Australia. Their products, including undersea communication systems, have been sold to all the major telecommunications equipment manufacturers in Europe, the United States, Japan and China, and have generated exports worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Australia.”

2013 Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Clunies Ross  Award

Dr. Poole and Dr. Frisken were presented with certificates and medals by Dr. Megan Clark, CEO of CSIRO Australia.

In accepting the award, Simon Poole and Steve Frisken emphasized that although they were the individuals receiving the award, it was a team effort to build and grow a company and that it was only through the hard work and dedication of everyone involved that technologies could be successfully commercialized.

Congratulations to Simon and Steve!

Finisar Participates in Ethernet Alliance Interoperability Demo at OFC/NFOEC 2012

This week Finisar is participating in the Ethernet Alliance Interoperability Demo in booth #724, one of the largest interoperability demonstrations taking place at OFC/NFOEC 2012!

The Ethernet Alliance (EA) is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. Taking Ethernet standards to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education, this demo showcases cost-effective, high-speed connectivity to the cloud via interoperable 10-, 40-, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) optical connections – focusing on how the Ethernet ecosystem uses optics and how businesses are implementing 10-, 40-, and 100GbE optics in their networks.

The EA and 10 member companies (including Finisar, Brocade, Cisco Systems, Dell Force 10, Ixia, Volex and others) will demonstrate a variety of high-speed Ethernet technologies illustrating how 10GbE servers are driving the need for 40bE and 100GbE uplinks within the data center environment and to cloud service providers.

Finisar’s high-performance 40GBASE-SR4 QSFP and OTU4/100GBASE-LR4 CFP standards-compliant optical transceiver modules are playing a key role in the deployment of new 40- and 100GbE routers and switches required to meet the large increases in bandwidth demand and are an integral part of this interoperability demo.

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OTU4_100GBASE-LR4 CFP Optical Module
Finisar 40GBASE-SR4 QSFP Optical Module

40GBASE-SR4 QSFP Optical Module
Finisar OTU4/100GBASE-LR4 CFP Optical Module

The 16G Market Is Here!

The 16G market has arrived and we are happy to announce that Finisar is shipping lots of 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel transceivers. We have now shipped 16 Gb/s transceivers in volumes of multiple tens-of-thousands. Our portfolio includes both shortwave and longwave modules; these provide an important part of the core foundation of next-generation Storage Area Network (SAN) equipment for 100 meter and 10 km applications. With the achievement of this milestone, Finisar is well-positioned to continue to serve as the foremost supplier of transceivers for the SAN market.

Finisar’s 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel SFP+ transceiver modules provide superior value to customers:
• IC integration gives way to the industry’s highest performance module with the lowest power dissipation
• MSA-compliant while supporting special customization to enhance customer system value
• Total solution – Finisar is the only supplier offering both shortwave and longwave solutions in volume.

We have leveraged our experience in delivering 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel transceivers in high volume to develop and manufacture our 16 Gb/s transceivers. With in-house IC capabilities, high volume capacity, and vertical integration technology, Finisar offers customers the security of supply continuity by eliminating the single-source availability issues faced by its competitors.

As a long-time and valued customer, Brocade’s Lisa Loscavio, VP of Supply Chain Operations, commented:

“Finisar provides the high performance, power efficiency, and volume capacity we need to meet the rising demand of the market for next-generation SAN equipment. We look forward to continuing our relationship with this market leader.”

Thank you, Brocade, for your long-standing commitment to Finisar. We are proud to serve you and the 16G market.

The Move to Less Standardized Optical Interfaces

When I joined Finisar nearly nine years ago, I was told repeatedly by customers (paraphrasing):
• Make sure your module exactly meets the standards and relevant MSAs (Multi-Service Agreement).
• Don’t try to do anything outside of the MSA or standard.
• God help you if you try to differentiate your product or do any “funny business” like that!

Indeed, it was a difficult time. The entire optical market had just crashed, and everybody was focused solely on efficiency and reducing costs.

Probably the most depressing statement I heard was during a speech at a celebration dinner in 2003 for the ratification of the XFP MSA. I had been with Finisar for only a month, and as we were celebrating the fine work that had been put into completing the XFP MSA, an individual from a system OEM (who shall remain unnamed to protect the innocent), stood up and said “I would like to see optics become a commodity – not a commodity like gold, but a commodity like rice.”

Fortunately that viewpoint is changing. Many of our customers, the systems manufacturers, are in a position where it is increasingly difficult to differentiate their systems. In addition, next generation optical technology has become increasingly difficult to develop. Datacenters are demanding reaches outside of those specified in the standards. Parallel optics are enabling system densities that were unheard of a few years ago. ROADMs are increasingly ubiquitous in telecom networks, all based on WSS’s (wavelength selective switches). The line-side of telecom has become increasingly more complex with differing modulation formats; and trade-offs between reach, bandwidth and spectral efficiency are becoming a reality as we move to higher data rates.

As such, customers are now seeing that aligning with specific optics vendors that can provide differentiated optical technology can go a long way to helping them improve their margins and market position.

I believe this is a very positive trend in our industry and increasingly allows us to challenge our intelligent and creative people to develop innovative ideas for meeting the demands of next generation networks. At Finisar, we continue to work on developing products that enable our customers to be successful and we certainly hope to see this trend continue.

Your thoughts and comments are welcome.