Furukawa Electric Wins 32nd Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Award for Contributions toward Realizing High Speed, High Capacity Communication
- Highly praised for developing digital coherent communication light source -
Furukawa Electric has received the "32nd Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Award" from the Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association, in recognition of its accomplishments toward realizing development of a narrow line width wavelength variable light source for digital coherent communication(note 1). This light source boasts the top market share in the world, and helps to make high speed, high capacity communication possible.
Research & Development Division, Telecommunications & Energy Laboratories, Toshikazu Mukaihara and Tatsuro Kurobe
Research & Development Division, Laboratories for Fusion of Core Technologies, Hiroyuki Koshi
Communications Solutions Division, FITEL Products Division, Toshio Kimura
Furukawa Electric received the "32nd Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Award" during the 2016 Optical Industrial Technology Symposium held in the Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo on Feb. 9 of this year, in recognition of its accomplishments toward realizing development of a narrow line width wavelength variable light source for digital coherent communication.
Furukawa Electric was the first in the world to begin developing a narrow line width wavelength variable light source for digital coherent communication. It has developed compound semiconductor technology, miniature packaging technology, and low noise control circuit technology, resulting in the highest output level in the world, high wavelength stability, and a narrow line width wavelength variable light source. This light source boasts the top market share in the world, and has played a major role in making high speed, high capacity communication possible.
Upon receiving the award, the recipients stated, "We are honored to receive the very prestigious Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Award. It is thanks to our valuable customers around the world who have chosen to use Furukawa Electric FITEL products that we were able to receive this award. We would also like sincerely to thank the many relevant vendors who worked with us to develop this technology. Going forward, we will use our experiences thus far to continue to develop fascinating products for our customers, so that we can continue to help improve optical communication network infrastructures all over the world."
(note 1)Digital coherent communication:
A transmission method that uses digital signal processing to detect optical phase information from transmitted data. This allows a large amount of information to be transmitted over a small bandwidth.
The "Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Award" was established in 1985 with the goals of praising the work that the late Kenjiro Sakurai (former Director of the Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association) performed in promoting the optoelectronics industry, and of further promoting the optoelectronics industry and optical technologies. Up until the 31st presentation of this award in 2015, 23 individuals and 36 groups were awarded (for a total of 59 awards). In total, 142 people have now received the award.
About Furukawa Electric Group
Furukawa Electric (TSE; 5801, ISIN; JP3827200001) Group started business in 1884, when its copper-smelting facility and wire manufacturing factory was established. Since then Furukawa Electric has become pioneers in the latest technologies by addressing diverse technological issues. Furukawa Electric has released products in a number of areas, including telecommunications, electronics, automobiles, and construction, with the three types of materials it works with at their core, namely, optics, plastics, and metals. Many of these products have attained the top global market share, and all of its products have contributed to society in numerous business areas. Furukawa Electric reported consolidated revenues of JPY 874.9 billion (approximately USD 8.0B) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.