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Liz Goldsmith

TIA launches series of briefing papers on Edge Data Centers

TIA has released a series of new informational briefing papers from its Edge Data Center Working Group. The papers are a first step towards creating an industry-driven framework for future standards development. Each paper outlines a different focus area for new Edge Data Center implementations including site selection and survivability, to security, thermal management, and operations and maintenance.

Hollow-core optical fibers enable secure communications in data centers, accurate sensing gyro for Aerospace applications

Conventional optical fibers contain a glass core at the center of the fiber through which light is transmitted.However, not only does this glass center limit the speed of the light as it passes through, but it also adversely affects other aspects of propagation, limiting its performance. Hollow-core fibers replace the glass core with air or a vacuum, and replace the cladding with photonic crystals. Hollow-core fibers have lower signal loss and 30% higher speed of light than glass or plastic fibers.

Understanding Fiber Optic Cassettes

Understanding the role of fiber optic cassettes will become increasingly important as companies move toward 40G/100G, and managing the cable plant becomes more complicated. Fiber optic cassettes are modular components that take fibers from a trunk cable and distribute them to a duplex cable. They help manage the fiber connections by simplifying cable management without running new cables. In high-density network applications, cassettes ensure the efficient use of space and enable quick deployment, high reliability which eases moves, adds and changes and allows network administrators to refresh frequencies.

Communications needs in manufacturing plants

Manufacturing plants and operations are each unique in their own way. In this article, we will discuss many of the communications opportunities that can equip new and existing buildings with more agile, resilient, and intelligent digital infrastructure. Manufacturing system architects are leveraging wired, wireless, and optical transport supporting robots, machine vision, production line machines, product transport, sensor arrays, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and distributed Internet of Things (with future artificial intelligence management overlays) to increase process intelligence, agility, safety, and reduce defects and operational expenses.