Seminar: Chris Cole

Chris Cole
Director, Finisar Corp.

Capacity and Power Efficiency Increases in Fiber Optic Communications

February 11, 2011 | 11:00am | ESB 2001

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Fiber Optic Communication technology trends towards integer increases in capacity and per bit power efficiency will be presented. Past and present Fiber Optic Communication technologies in datacom applications will be reviewed, as well as current development and standards activities. Also presented as background will be a summary of comparable past trends in wireline and wireless communication. Examples of successful optical interfaces will be provided. 

BiographyChris Cole
Chris Cole is a director at Finisar Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif. He received a B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics, and B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Hughes Aircraft Co. (now Boeing SDC,) and then M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, Chris contributed to multiple imaging and communication satellite programs. Later, he consulted on telecom ICs for Texas Instruments’ DSP Group and Silicon Systems Inc. (now Maxim.) At Acuson Corp. (now Siemens Ultrasound,) Chris was one of the architects of the Sequoia coherent imaging ultrasound platform, where he was also director of hardware and software development groups. As a principal consultant with the Parallax Group, he carried out signal processing analysis and product definition for several imaging and communication systems. Chris is now managing the development of 100-Gb/s and higher speed LAN and WAN optical transceivers at Finisar (which acquired his previous company, Big Bear Networks.) He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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