Optek Technology (www.optekinc.com), a manufacturer of optoelectronics, sensors, and infrared devices, has joined the Fiber Optics LAN Section (FOLS) of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The FOLS (www.fols.org) is a consortium of manufacturers of optical fiber, cable, and components. It was formed eight years ago to provide users with information about the benefits of optical fiber in premises networks.
"Many of our products, including transmitters, receivers, and transceivers, bring valuable benefits to LANs," says Gary Cawley, senior marketing and applications engineer at Optek Technology. "We feel that joining FOLS will give us additional exposure to potential customers, as well as enable us to help shape the future of fiber in network infrastructures and horizontal cabling applications."
"We are delighted that Optek has joined our membership," says John Struhar, chair of the FOLS and distinguished member of the technical staff at OFS. "The strength of FOLS lies in the diversity of our members and our ability to bring a unified and informed opinion to the marketplace."
Struhar added that Optek would offer a valuable perspective to discussions on the recently ratified TIA/EIA-785 standard for short wavelength Fast Ethernet (100Base-SX), as the company has standard-compliant products that it is already marketing.