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Fujitsu Awarded Prizes for Science and Technology

Recognized in 2017 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

April 11, 2017

Tokyo and Kawsaki, Japan, April 11, 2017 - Fujitsu Optical Components Limited and Fujitsu Limited announced today that in the Fiscal 2017 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology they have received Prizes for Science and Technology for their "Development of High Speed 100Gbps Modules for Optical Communications.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) commends individuals for their important achievements in science and technology R&D and their promotion of science and technology understanding. The awards are aimed at motivating researchers and helping to raise the level of Japan's science and technology.

Award Recipient and Technology Being Recognized

[Prizes for Science and Technology, Development Category]
Prizes in this category are awarded to research and development projects or people who produce groundbreaking innovations that are practical, and which contribute to the development and improvement of Japanese society, the economy, or the lives of citizens. The award ceremony will be held on April 19, 2017 at MEXT.

[Project]
Development of High Speed 100Gbps Modules for Optical Communications

[Recipients]
Development and Commercialization of High Speed 100Gbps Modules for Optical Communications

Hiroyuki Furukawa (Director, Production Engineering Dept., Manufacturing Div., Fujitsu Optical Components)
Taizan Kobayashi (Senior Manager, Smart MONOZUKURI Platform Development Office, Technology & MONOZUKURI Business Unit, and Senior Manager, System Engineering Dept., Production Technology Div., Technology & MONOZUKURI Business Unit, Fujitsu)
Takashi Yamane (Deputy General Manager, Sales & Business Promotion Div., Fujitsu Optical Components)
Yoshinobu Kubota (Deputy Director, Development Dept. "Network Devices", Optical Components Div., Fujitsu Optical Components)
Masaki Iwamoto (Manager, Manufacturing Dept., Manufacturing Div., Fujitsu Optical Components)

[Summary]
In recent years, due to the increase in communication traffic accompanying the spread of things like smart devices and cloud services, there has been a growing need to increase the capacity of optical communication networks. The 100Gbps digital coherent method is effective in large-capacity transmissions, but in order to implement it, numerous functions had to be concentrated within optical communication modules, making the structure of the devices extremely complicated and creating issues in mass producing them at a smaller size and cheaper price.

Then, Fujitsu Optical Components and Fujitsu developed a direct mounting technology for optical elements, mounting optical elements directly on the planar lightwave circuit (PLC) and electrically coupling them with the shortest wire-bonding to simultaneously achieve high-speed performance and mass production. In addition, they developed an automatic assembly technology that used highly reliable image recognition technology using machine learning (*1) and efficient prediction alignment technology to achieve highly accurate and efficient assembly.

With these technologies, Fujitsu Optical Components and Fujitsu succeeded in mass producing the key components needed to build a 100Gbps optical network which supports the 100Gbps digital coherent method, including receiver devices that demodulate the optically modulated signal, transmission devices that create the optically modulated signal, and the coherent optical transceivers that incorporate both.

By offering these optical communication modules to system providers around the world, the two companies are supporting the development of the digital society and the global expansion of the 100Gbps optical network market. In addition, the two companies are currently working to develop optical communication modules that will exceed 100Gbps, in order to support ever-increasing communication traffic.

Glossary & Notes

(*1) The methodology to make a machine (computer) learn various things. An algorithm by which the computer self-learns what it should do from big data, without steps being programed by people.

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About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 156,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$41 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Optical Components
Fujitsu Optical Components is a leading global supplier of the most advanced, high performance optical component solutions for high-speed optical networking applications (i.e.-backbone networks, metro networks and data center interconnects). Our product line-up includes 100G and beyond Coherent Transceivers, 100G CFP/CFP2/QSFP28 Transceivers, 100G/400G LN Modulators and 100G/400G Coherent Receivers. For additional information, visit http://www.fujitsu.com/jp/foc/en/.

All company or product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Information provided in this press release is accurate at time of publication and is subject to change without advance notice.

Date: 11 April, 2017