Optical tag team takes on competition

Mon, 10/09/2000 - 8:00pm

Corning and Sycamore Networks to develop new optical switching technologies

Corning is teaming with Sycamore Networks to develop more efficient phone switches. The two companies will collaborate on defining the functionality and testing the application of new 3D MEMS technology in telecommunications networks.

The companies didn't disclose terms of the agreement or say when Sycamore would begin selling the new switches to telecommunications companies.

Sycamore will buy parts from Corning to make the gear, a Corning spokesman said. The switches will use microscopic mirrors to direct information sent across networks on beams of light.

Sycamore and rival equipment makers are racing to develop switches that let information be redirected through fiber-optic networks without converting light into electronic signals. By avoiding this conversion, phone companies can cut costs and speed up their networks.



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