OFC 2021 virtual event focuses on telecom, data center optics innovations

June 2, 2021
At OFC 2021 (June 6-11), global organizations driving digital transformation, data center connectivity, 5G, internet of things (IoT), co-packaged optics and other key technologies will demonstrate their new products and services.

The 2021 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC 2021) virtual event, being held online from June 6 - 11, will feature pioneering companies in the optical communications industry, showcasing optical and data networking innovations including the latest products, technology and research for powering global communications networks.

This year's all-virtual exhibition (June 7-11) will enable participants to reconnect with colleagues, interact with exhibitors, make new connections and discover the latest technological developments. OFC is billed as the only global conference and exhibition representing the optical communications industry's "entire ecosystem, from research to the marketplace." The OFC event's organizers note that the event's exhibiting companies draw executives, technical experts, academia, media and analysts in search of groundbreaking solutions to global challenges. 

Prominent industry corporations will use the OFC virtual exhibition to unveil their latest new products and research in areas such as 400ZR/400G and 800G connectivity, AI architecture, and cloud edge solutions, as well as co-packaged optics, diode lasers, disaggregation, embedded optics, networking automation, open optical networking, photonic integrated circuits, pluggable coherent optics, and passive optical networks technologies.

OFC 2021's exhibitor list includes II-VI, ADVA, Broadcom Inc., Ciena, Cisco Systems, Corning, EXFO, Go!Foton, Infinera, Intel, InnoLight, Juniper Networks, Lumentum, MACOM, NeoPhotonics, OFS, OptoTest Corporation, Samtec, Source Photonics, Synopsys, Inc., Viavi Solutions, VPI Photonics and Xilinx, Inc.

Select exhibitors will join industry analysts Alan Weckel, 650 Group, and Tim Munks, OMDIA, to share their insights into this year's event. OFC 2021 exhibitor news announcements are posted to the OFC Newsroom.

"OFC 2021 is once again shaping up to be an important show for the industry," said 650 Group's Weckel. "There will be significant product announcements and innovation as the market moves to higher-speeds and supports AI/ML, edge computing and 5G networks around the world. We are looking forward to visiting this year's exhibitors and attending sessions in a virtual environment."

This year's OFC 2021 Plenary Session on Tuesday, June 7 from 8:00 – 10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT, UTC-07:00) will feature keynotes from optical communications industry visionaries including:

  • Nancy Shemwell, COO, Trilogy Networks, USA
  • Young-Kai Chen, program manager, Microsystems Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), USA
  • Yiqun Cai, vice president, Alibaba Group, China

The keynotes will present compelling technical content on edge cloud support and applications in rural territories, advances in photonics and artificial intelligence and the evolution of networking driven by cloud computing. The conference will also feature more than 25 presentations by experts from major global brands and key industry organizations, providing high-level takes on hot topics and market trends, including the state of the industry, emerging technologies, and recommended courses of action to tackle today's most demanding business challenges. Sessions will be presented virtually and recorded for on-demand viewing.

There is no charge to visit the OFC 2021 exhibits and/or participate in show floor programs, special events and workshops. Register for the event's free Exhibits Pass Plus here.

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