Corning fibre recognised with Technology & Engineering Emmy Award

Created January 11, 2017
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Low-loss optical fibre, invented by Corning decades ago, continues to revolutionize broadcast technology in a bandwidth-hungry world.

Corning has been awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy award from the US National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its 1970 invention of low-loss optical fibre. The award honours breakthrough innovations that materially affected television engineering.

Corning received the award in the category of Pioneering Invention and Deployment of Fiber Optic Cable at the 68th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy awards in Las Vegas, earlier in January.

“The ability to view high-quality video at any time of the day, from almost any place on a variety of connected and mobile devices, is commonplace today. But it would not be possible without the broad deployment of optical fibre,” said Corning Executive Vice President Clark Kinlin.

“It’s impossible to imagine the television industry today without the virtually limitless bandwidth capability of optical fiber. It was born in Corning labs in 1970, and our scientists haven’t stopped improving it since.”

Corning scientists Drs. Robert Maurer, Donald Keck, and Peter Schultz developed the first low-loss optical fibre capable of maintaining the strength of laser light signals over significant distances. The breakthrough helped solve the problem network carriers then faced in handling the growing volume of information with the transmission limitations of copper lines.

The invention – which earned the scientists many honours including a US National Medal of Technology in 2000 – unleashed a communications revolution, with data traveling at the speed of light.

Today, optical fibre – with the bandwidth to stream two million high-definition videos at the same time – is the ideal enabler of advancements in high-speed communication. Because even wireless signals must interconnect with a network, optical fiber has become the key element in a world where streaming media on the move has become the norm.

When coupled with the powerful optical fibre infrastructure, other Corning glass technologies – like smart surfaces that come to life with multi-functionality – are presenting a host of other new possibilities. Just a few examples: smarter, more connected cars; faster, more efficient communications; richer entertainment experiences; and more effective health care.

“As was envisioned in our ‘A Day Made of Glass’ videos, our portfolio of glass products both redefine the simplest of today’s activities and make new things possible,” Kinlin said. “We’re grateful to be recognized by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and, just as we’ve always done, we remain committed to bringing glass-related innovations to the continuously evolving communications and entertainment industries.”

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This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.