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Optical Fiber Timeline


Since we invented the first low-loss optical fiber in 1970, Corning has been the consistent worldwide market leader in the ongoing development of fiber technology. For over 40 years, Corning’s groundbreaking product and process innovations have set the industry standard. The following timeline highlights key milestones in Corning’s optical fiber history.


Historical Highlights

1970
Corning scientists create first low-loss optical fiber

1982
Corning sets then world record for low attenuation in laboratory tests: 0.16 dB/km

1983
Corning introduces SMF-21™ optical fiber MCI selects fiber/Siecor cable for first major U.S. installation

1985
Corning introduces SMF/DS™ optical fiber

1986
Corning introduces SMF-28® optical fiber

1988
Corning introduces Titan® optical fiber

1993
Drs. Maurer, Keck and Schultz inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for developing low-loss optical fiber
 Corning receives ISO 9001 registration

1994
Corning receives National Medal of Technology Award

SMF-LS™ optical fiber introduced

1995
Corning Optical Fiber wins Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

1997
Corning sets a new industry standard for single-mode core/clad concentricity by tightening its specification 25 percent, from < 0.8 to < 0.6 micron

1998
Corning introduces LEAF® optical fiber, InfiniCor®, and InfiniCor® 600 laser-optimized multimode fibers, Submarine LEAF® optical fiber, SMF-28® optical fiber with Duraclad™

Corning sets new industry standards for fiber geometry with tighter specifications for core/clad concentricity, curl, coating diameter, mode-field diameter, and 100-turn bending

1999
LEAF® optical fiber wins Laser Focus World Commercial Technology Achievement Award, Fiberoptic Product News Annual Technology Award, Photonics Spectra Circle of Excellence Award, and R&D magazine’s R&D100 Award

Corning introduces InfiniCor® CL optical fiber

2000
White House awards National Medal of Technology to Corning inventors of low-loss optical fiber

Corning introduces new generation of LEAF® optical fiber technology

2001
Corning introduces SMF-28e® optical fiber Corning introduces Vascade® optical fibers

2002
Corning introduces InfiniCor® Sx+ and InfiniCor® Sxi optical fibers introduced

SMF-28e® fiber wins Fiberoptic Product News Annual Technology Award

Corning introduces industry-leading enhancements for its line of single-mode fibers including LEAF®, SMF-28e®, and SMF-28® optical fibers

2003
Corning announces global conversion of standard single-mode manufacturing to ITU-TG.652.D-compliant full-spectrum fiber.

2004
Corning introduces NexCor® optical fiber, an SMF-28e innovation

2005
Corning introduces InfiniCor® eSX+ optical fiber

2006
Corning introduces Vascade® EX 1000 optical fiber, an ultra-low-loss fiber for submarine networks

2007
Corning introduces SMF-28® ULL, a new ultra-low-loss, single-mode optical fiber for long-haul and regional networks
Corning introduces ClearCurveTM optical fiber with nanostructures technology, a revolutionary new bend-sensitive optical fiber for fiber-to-the-home deployment in apartment complexes and high-rise apartments
Corning ClearCurve® fiber selected by TIME magazine as one of best inventions of the year

2008
ClearCurve® receives R&D magazine’s R&D 100 Award

2009
Corning introduces ClearCurve® OM3/OM4 multimode fiber 

2010
Corning celebrates 40th anniversary of its invention of the first low-loss optical fiber for
telecommunications

Corning introduces Vascade® EX2000 optical fiber, an ultra-low-loss, large-effective-area submarine fiber

2011
Corning introduces SMF-28e+® LL fiber, Corning’s newest low-loss optical fiber