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Dutch service provider KPN says it has launched a fiber to the home (FTTH) rollout that aims to connect an average of 6,500 homes per week. If the project stays on schedule, KPN expects to have added 1 million new FTTH households by the end of 2021.

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Huawei has unveiled the CloudEngine 16800, a high-capacity data center switch that the company asserts will leverage artificial intelligence to improve performance. The latest member of the CloudEngine family, the CloudEngine 16800 will have three characteristics that define what Huawei calls “the Artificial Intelligence (AI) era”: an embedded artificial intelligence chip, support of 48-port 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400GbE) line cards, and the ability to help enable autonomous networks.

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Optical transceiver vendor Kaiam is seeking alternatives to bankruptcy after potential partnership and investment deals foundered last month. The company was forced by UK law to place its Livingston, Scotland, operations in administration when it became clear that it wouldn’t meet its payroll obligations for the month. The action resulted in the closing of its manufacturing plant there on, Christmas eve.

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Light is the most energy-efficient way of moving information. Yet, light shows one big limitation: it is difficult to store. As a matter of fact, data centers rely primarily on magnetic hard drives. However, in these hard drives, information is transferred at an energy cost that is nowadays exploding. Researchers of the Institute of Photonic Integration of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a ‘hybrid technology’ which shows the advantages of both light and magnetic hard drives.

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Silicon Line, a company that produces optical modules for active cables used in high-speed data connectivity applications, has unveiled what it claims to be the first version of the technology supporting the new HDMI 2.1 specification. The Munich, Germany, firm was due to showcase the technology at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, in a demonstration with new HDMI 2.1-enabled 4K and 8K resolution TVs.

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Scientists from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell, King’s College London, Paris Diderot University, and the University of Hartford have found that several materials with poor nonlinear characteristics can be combined together to form a new metamaterial that exhibits state-of-the-art nonlinear properties.

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