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Lightwave Logic Advances High-Speed Modulation performance for QSFP28 capability (28Gbps) of a Polymer Ridge Waveguide Modulator Prototype

Lightwave’s Mach-Zehnder Design now enables full standardized 100Gbps Datacenter, Data Communications, and High-Performance Computing Applications Using its Polymer Photonics Integrated Circuit (P2ICTM) Technology Platform
Longmont, Colorado, July 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightwave Logic, Inc. (OTCQB: LWLG), a technology company focused on the development of Next Generation Photonic Devices and Non-Linear Optical Polymer Materials Systems for applications in high-speed fiber-optic data communications and telecommunications, announced today it has advanced its high-speed modulation performance to satisfy 28Gbps data rates for QSFP28 standards and 100Gbps data center applications.

A modulator device is used in front of a laser diode to modulate the light into very high-speed digital pulses that traverse fiberoptic cables.  Modulation is the central information-encoding technology for the data center, data-communications, and high-performance computing industries.  Modulators for QSFP28 (28Gbps) are typically operated in parallel using 4 channels at 28Gbps (which is 3Gbps faster than 25Gbps) to achieve 100Gbps overall performance with the extra 12Gbps (4 channels of 3Gbps) to allow for sufficient information encoding overhead as required by standards such as the QSFP 28 protocol (SFF-8665), as well as IEEE 802 protocols such as: CEI-28G-VSR/SR/MR/LR; zSFP+ which are more commonly known as SFP28 (SFF-8402); 32GFC with SFP-28LR (SFF-8432) as examples.

Lightwave’s Polymer Photonics Integrated Circuit (P2ICTM) is analogous to an electronic integrated circuit but incorporates two or more optical functions or devices integrated onto a single substrate platform.   We expect P2ICsTM to become a key engine in the transceiver market over the next decade.

Michael Lebby, CEO of Lightwave Logic commented, “We are continually improving the performance of our modulators as per our development plan and are on schedule to further increase the performance of our ridge waveguide modulator in the coming months.  Our team has grown in both size and experience to further support the advancement of our polymer P2ICTM Polymer PIC (photonic integrated circuit) platform technology and this will help accelerate our progress.  The improved performance of this prototype puts us on the right track to further scale our ridge waveguide modulator towards 50Gbps, which will enable 400Gbps optical networking data-rates (using 4 channels at 50Gbps with PAM4 modulation – to double the speed, or 8 channels at 50Gbps using NRZ modulation).

“As we further understand the dynamics of the data communications market, we see that we are positioning Lightwave to become a leading technology provider for integrated photonics devices and platforms at 25Gbps and beyond.

“We continue our laser-like focus for the remainder of 2017 to hone the performance of our polymer ridge waveguide modulator for prototyping. Achieving higher data rates that exceed 25Gbps opens the doors to more opportunities at 100Gbps, which will allow us to address the burgeoning demand for 400 Gbps and higher performance opportunities with a cost-effective scalable technology alternative.”

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Lightwave Logic, Inc. is a development stage company moving toward commercialization of next generation photonic devices using its high-activity and high-stability organic polymers for applications in data communications and telecommunications markets. Photonic electro-optical devices convert data from electric signals into optical signals. For more information, about the Company please visit the corporate website at

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Steven Cordovano
Lightwave Logic