Video: Finisar Sherman Ribbon Cutting 2018

Finisar cut the ribbon on a new manufacturing facility in Sherman, Texas on July 9. The North Texas facility will be dedicated to producing VCSELs and related 3D Sensing technologies. Finisar is excited to be a part of Sherman and is looking forward to the opportunities the new site brings with it.

Several Finisar representatives and county officials attended and spoke at the event. Those in attendance included Finisar CEO, Michael Hurlston; VP and General Manager, Jeff Brown; Executive VP and GM of 3D Sensing, Julie Eng; Representative John Ratcliffe; SEDCO Board Chairman John Sild; City of Sherman Mayor, David Plyler; and Grayson County Judge, Bill Magers.

For more information about the facility and event, click here.

Finisar and LightSmyth at SPIE Photonics West 2018

Next week is the annual SPIE Photonics West exhibition at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Photonics West is the world’s leading photonics, laser, and biomedical optics conference and exhibition. This world-class industry event provides 5,200 presentations to scientists, engineers and executives alike.

Finisar will be exhibiting January 30 – February 1 and we are excited to showcase technology used in popular smartphone devices. Learn more about the exciting field of VCSEL technology here and visit our booth 4053 at the show.

Sensors Midwest Show Participation

This week Finisar is exhibiting at Sensors Midwest from October 3-4 in Rosemont, Illinois—the region’s largest event dedicated to sensors.

Sensors Midwest will be featuring 4 new workshops to cover several of the advancements sensor technology has made over the past year. Meanwhile, Finisar is excited to showcase the next generation of VCSEL technology. You can visit Finisar, as well as Lightsmyth, at booth 1013 at Sensors Midwest.

 

To find out more about our VCSELs and Detectors products, click here.

Looking Back at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt

This blog post was authored by Sando Anoff, Finisar RSM.

Finisar was a participant at the recent ISC 2015 High Performance Conference and Tradeshow in Frankfurt, the premiere annual Supercomputing event in Europe. We set up a live demo of a 100 Gb/s Quadwire® active optical cable, which attracted a lot of attention. This product is based on our advanced in-house device technology and consists of four VCSELS operating at 25 Gb/s each on the transmit side and the corresponding PIN receivers on the receive side (all integrated in a single cable).

If you are a newcomer to the field of supercomputing, you might wonder what optical communication has to do with it, but the fact is that high-speed and low-latency communications have always been an essential part of high-performance computing designs, due to the huge amounts of information that need to be transmitted quickly and with a minimum of delay within the different parts of the system. For such demanding requirements, and except in cases where the distances covered are relatively short, optical transmission is the way to go. Another increasingly important factor, as the supercomputers get even larger, is power-efficiency, especially as the industry moves towards exa-scale computing. There were a whole range of interesting technologies on display at the show: IC’s placed in bubbling liquids, entire PCB’s submerged in barrels of fluid, etc. This trend towards energy efficiency may partly explain the considerable interest shown in our optical engines (Board-mount optical assemblies) that we had on display. These are compact, high-bandwidth optical interconnects that can be mounted directly onto a host board and reduce power consumption.

Something that really caught my eye as I wandered through the exhibition area was a booth that showed how a supercomputing infrastructure can be extended to encompass our globe. It allows an InfiniBand fabric – normally a short-range network used in supercomputers and data centers – to be securely extended via optical fiber over global distances. This was presented by a company called Obsidian Strategics and I was very pleasantly surprised when the friendly gentleman there pulled out the transceiver installed in his systems, and, lo and behold, it was from Finisar! That definitely made my day, not to mention the great conversation we had about sending huge chunks of data across transoceanic links at light speed!

So where do we go from here? The fastest supercomputer in existence today (Milky Way 2) is about 10 thousand million times faster than the first supercomputer that was built in 1964. I am certainly looking forward to the future as the industry pushes the envelope of what is possible.

Video: Finisar Demonstrates CFP4 optical module and 40G VCSEL link technology at OFC 2014