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NEC and Corning Achieve Record-breaking Results in Optical Transmission Capacity

Irving, Texas, January 15, 2013 – NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT communications, managed services, biometric solutions and carrier-class communications products for optical networks, and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), a leading provider of optical fibers, today announced that NEC and Corning achieved record-breaking results in transmission capacity over optical fibers. The result was reported at the 2012 Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science XXVIII (FiO/LS) meeting.

Researchers from the NEC Labs in Princeton, NJ, and from Corning’s Sullivan Park Research Center in Corning, NY, successfully demonstrated ultra-high speed transmission with a capacity of 1.05 Petabit/s (1015 bits per second) over novel multi-core fiber (MCF) that contains 12 single-mode and two few mode cores by employing the advanced space division multiplexing (SDM) scheme and optical multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) signal processing technique.
The fiber designed by Corning researchers has cores arranged in a triangular lattice, which enables transmission over a large number of spatial modes. By combining spectral multiplexing with polarization and spatial mode multiplexing and employing multilevel modulation formats, NEC researchers achieved the total spectral efficiency of 109 bits/sec/Hz, while the aggregate transmission capacity was 1.050 Petabit/s, which is the highest capacity over a single optical fiber reported so far.

“This achievement is a continuation of NEC’s leadership in ultra-high optical transmission systems. We recently demonstrated the highest capacity over single mode optical fibers, and now we have opened new frontiers with the highest transmission capacity over any type of optical fibers,” said Dr. Ting Wang, head of optical networking research at NEC Laboratories America. “We are proud to lead industry efforts with Corning and to provide solutions that will be the foundation of the next generation of networking.” 

"As the foundation of telecommunications networks, optical fiber innovation enables carriers to cost effectively keep up with ever-growing traffic demands," said Cynthia B. Giroux, Division Vice President and Research Director, Corning Incorporated. “This new advance in optical fibers with 14 transmission cores is a continuation of Corning’s longstanding leadership in optical fiber innovation."

About NEC Corporation of America
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a leading provider of innovative IT, network, communications and biometric products and solutions for service carriers, Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including Healthcare, Government, Education and Hospitality. NEC Corporation of America delivers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications and biometric security. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 44 countries and more than $37 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit www.necam.com.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

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NEC Media Contact:
Linda Graham
NEC Corporation of America
214.262.3766
linda.graham@necam.com

Corning Media Contact:
Monica Monin
Corning Optical Fiber
607.974.8769
moninm@corning.com