CORNING, N.Y. — Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced its newest single-mode optical fiber innovation, Corning® SMF-28® Ultra 200 fiber. The industry’s first 200-micron fiber with a 9.2 micron nominal mode-field diameter (MFD), SMF-28 Ultra 200 fiber enables the design of smaller, lighter, fully backwards compatible high-fiber, high-density cables.
As global demand for bandwidth continues to explode, smaller cables with higher optical fiber counts are needed. Conventional ITU-T recommendation G.657-compliant 200-micron fibers may have a nominal mode field diameter (MFD) as low as 8.6 microns, resulting in an MFD mismatch with legacy 9.2 micron MFD ITU-T G.652 -compliant fiber in existing networks. By combining ITU-T G.657.A1 compliance with a 9.2 micron MFD, SMF-28 Ultra 200 fiber uniquely delivers enhanced bend resistance and seamless integration with the installed ITU-T G.652 fiber base in a 200-micron product.
“Corning SMF-28 Ultra 200 fiber helps solve one of the world’s toughest network challenges – increasing fiber capacity without taking up more space,” said John Igel, vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. “With the problem of MFD compatibility eliminated, network operators have the freedom to deploy fiber-rich 200-micron cables to address capacity and congestion – with the proven performance of SMF-28 Ultra fiber.”
Corning’s family of SMF-28 Ultra fibers offers enhanced optical bending resilience for innovative cable design with a macro-bending response surpassing the requirements of ITU-T G.657.A1 recommendations. The fiber’s low attenuation improves signal reach up to 10 percent over conventional ITU-T G.652 fiber types and increases coverage as much as 20 percent when served by a point-of-presence or central office. The SMF-28 Ultra fiber portfolio delivers better system margin for high-capacity performance at 100 gigabit and beyond, and for next-generation passive optical networks (PONs) and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical networks (WDM-PONs).
In celebration of its invention of the first low-loss optical fiber 45 years ago, Corning will unveil and demonstrate its new SMF-28 Ultra 200 fiber at the OFC/NFOC conference in Los Angeles, Calif., March 24-26. Other demonstrations will include: ClearCurve® fiber, Vascade® EX3000 submarine fiber, and Centrix™ and Pretium EDGE® high-density fiber management and data center solutions.
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Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.