SUNNYVALE, CA and CANNES, FRANCE--(Marketwired - Sep 22, 2014) - Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) today announced the industry's first demonstration of a 50 Gb/s optical interface using silicon photonics technology. The technology concept shows both 40G and 50G NRZ-based transceiver modules running error-free on a single wavelength over single-mode fiber (SMF), complimenting Finisar's previously demonstrated 40G and 50 Gb/s VCSEL technology over multi-mode fiber (MMF). Finisar's technology demonstration will be on display at ECOC 2014 from September 22-24 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, at Finisar's booth #412.

This live demonstration showcases Finisar's continued leadership in the development of next-generation optical interfaces and offers technology building blocks necessary for emerging optical standards, such as Serial 40G Ethernet, Serial 50G Ethernet, Next-generation 100G Ethernet, and 400G Ethernet.

"Finisar's demonstrations of various 40G and 50G serial optical technologies are important for the industry in order to gain consensus about which technologies to adopt for next generation of Ethernet that will lower costs and drive rapid adoption," said Craig Thompson, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing, Finisar. "Regardless of the data rate and technology used, the biggest challenge in bringing 50G to market is the engineering of the total system -- the optics, ICs, packaging and firmware control -- and designing it for high-volume manufacturing. This is where Finisar excels."

"Cisco has made a significant investment in Silicon Photonics and we are excited to see Finisar advancing the development of this important technology. Silicon Photonics technology has the potential to close the gap between switch ASIC and optical transceiver development cycles," said Luca Cafiero, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Insieme BU at Cisco Systems.

During ECOC 2014, Finisar will also have on display equipment from its wide portfolio of products including its latest optical transceivers, active cables, WSS devices, advanced optical components, optical amplifiers, and passive devices.

About Finisar
Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and components that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for telecommunications, networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For 25 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth. Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit


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