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Fujitsu Laboratories and Heinrich-Hertz-Institut Collaborate in Research on Super High-Speed Optical Signal Processing Technology

Kawasaki, September 27, 2001 - Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced that it has begun full-fledged collaborative research with Germany's Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) in optical signal processing technology, a field essential to the future development of optical communications and photonic networks. The project will focus on signal processing that seeks to take advantage of light's ultra-high-speed characteristics without having to convert it into electronic signals. The goal is to develop new super high-speed optical signal processing technology within five years that will break through the barriers now being faced by existing technology.

The emerging era of broadband Internet is placing increasing demands on optical fiber networks to cover greater distances and handle higher volumes of traffic. Through the use of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology, which transmits multiple light signals of differing wavelengths through a single optical fiber, and relay transmission utilizing optical amplifiers, high-capacity optical transmission systems handling over one terabit of data per second are now becoming widespread. Nevertheless, we are already beginning to see the physical limitations of existing technologies. To overcome these limits, great expectations are being placed on the development of optical signal processing technologies that do not rely on light being converted into electronic signals.

While continuing its own basic research initiatives in the field of optical communications, Fujitsu Laboratories has also indicated its intention to collaborate with other leading research institutes. Established last April, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, based in Hayes Park, England, is strengthening its basic research capabilities through collaborative research on optical signal processing with HHI, one of Europe's foremost research institutions in communications technology.

The project is intended to strengthen the optical signal processing development capabilities of both Fujitsu Laboratories and HHI by combining their resources, including researchers, knowledge and facilities, as well as their respective research accomplishments. By bringing together the high-capacity signal processing technology of Fujitsu Laboratories and the high-speed signal processing technology of HHI, the two institutions hope to develop major innovations in optical signal processing technology.

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Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited is one of the premier research centers in the world. With a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of Multimedia, Personal Systems, Networks, Peripherals, Advanced Materials and Electronic Devices.

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