Last week, the annual OFC conference made a cameo appearance in San Francisco -- it's been rotating among Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Starting next year, it's back to Southern California. I've been looking forward to OFC 2014 ever since the location was announced at least five years ago.
Though larger than DesignCon, OFC is somewhat of a complementary event. You see, the high-speed electrical signals that challenge signal-integrity engineers often find their way to optical fiber. Thus, much of the high-end test equipment you see at DesignCon is also at OFC. But the reverse isn't true. That's because makers of the portable field test equipment found at OFC won't appear at DesignCon.
OFC attracts more than just electrical and optical engineers. It also appeals to the network engineers who have to assemble networking equipment into functioning networks. Many of the conference sessions focus on optics, but some focus on the signals before they become optical. For example, I attended at panel session that covered proposed modulation formats for 56 Gbit/s data transmission.
The following pages will take you through some of the test equipment on display at OFC 2014. New products from Agilent Technologies and Tektronix were covered last week.
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