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Fujitsu Awarded the 48th Ichimura Prize in Industry for Distinguished Achievement

April 25, 2016

Fujitsu Optical Components Limited and Fujitsu Limited announced today that they have been awarded The Ichimura Prize in Industry for Distinguished Achievement for their "Development and Commercialization of High Speed 100Gbps Modules for Optical Communications." The 48th Ichimura Prizes in Industry is promoted by the New Technology Development Foundation.

The Ichimura Prize in Industry

The Ichimura Prizes in Industry, organized by The New Technology Development Foundation and now in their 48th year, are presented annually to researchers or groups who make a significant contribution to industry by developing exceptional industrial technology in Japan.

Award-winning Technology

The two companies developed the below technologies, and successfully commercialized devices which have become key components in achieving 100Gbps optical networks. These include a receiving device (coherent receiver), a transmitting device (optical modulator) that supports the 100G digital coherent method, and the coherent optical transceiver equipped with the transmitting and receiving devices.

  1. Direct mounting technology for optical elements:
    Directly mounting optical elements to the Planer Lightwave Circuit (PLC) and electrically coupling them with the shortest wire-bonding to simultaneously achieve high-speed performance and mass production.
  2. Automatic assembly technology:
    The companies developed highly reliable image recognition technology with machine learning and efficient prediction alignment technology, enabling highly precise and high-speed assembly.

By supplying system providers worldwide with these modules for optical communications, the two companies supported the spread of 100Gbps optical network markets and had a major impact on the development of digital societies.

Currently, the companies are developing 100+ Gbps optical communications modules to support increased communications traffic. Winning the Contribution Prize has reinforced the companies' determination to advance the development of these modules for the further evolution of digital societies.

Award certificate of Ichimura Prizes in Industry - Contribution Prizes
Award certificate of Ichimura Prizes in Industry - Contribution Prizes

Award winners (The central three persons (from left to right))

Award winners (The central three persons, left to right)
Hiroyuki Furukawa (Deputy Director, Production Engineering Dept., Manufacturing Div., Fujitsu Optical Components Limited)
Masaki Iwamoto (Production Engineering Dept., Manufacturing Div., Fujitsu Optical Components Limited)
Michinao Nomura (Director, Process Engineering Dept., Production System Technology Div., Corporate Product Technology & MONOZUKURI Development Unit, Fujitsu Limited)