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Important Dates

November 22nd-24th

Opening speech

On behalf of ICPOF, I would like to thank you for supporting the Conference.  Here I am honored to share some of my thoughts.


We are living in an ever-evolving digital world.


Current network infrastructures are mainly composed of glass optical fiber (or GOF) and copper wires.  This combination has worked great before 2019 or pre-COVID-19 era, now continuing.  Generally speaking in this setup, glass optical fibers deliver optical signals in the backbone or long-haul reaches or stationary situations, while copper wires deliver electric signals in the terminals and deliver electrical powers when needed.


We are now in the all things related to internet era, more and more people are online and higher and higher bandwidths or speeds of data transmission are demanded every single day, across the globe.  We are talking about super high speed internet traffic, 5G communications, 8K video, smart medical, WiFi, smart manufacturing, online conferencing, autopiloting, holography and the newest, metaverse, all need ultra-high speed in data communications. I mean data speed exceeds 1000Mbps, and latency lower than a few milliseconds. 


Here five major issues demand to be addressed: 1. the frequent inter-conversions between optical and electric signals contribute to latency.    2. Ultra high speeds are not achievable easily. Bottlenecks are in terminals (very front and the very end) of data traffic; terminals need bendable media, 3. Security or interference of transmission signals. 4. Power wastage as heat and heat dissipation problem; reduction of energy and reduction of carbon emission. 5. Light weight and miniaturization achievable.


 In other words, we need much higher speed, reliability, security, low delay, and  without EMI, without high power consumption, without bulky and heavy structure. 


Allow me to report to you, without further ado, that the solution is GiPOF, graded-index perfluorinated polymer optical fiber.   


Gi-POF is another form of optical fiber, with perfluorinated polymers high-tech materials as the major component of graded-index-profiled fiber core. This optical fiber is very bendable and yet transmits data at ultra high-speed matching that of GOF in short distances. 


The key materials of Gi-POF are perfluorinated polymers, which are converted from the starting material calcium fluorite, which in turn is the major component of fluorspar mineral. 


I am glad to share with you, that China is rich in fluorspar mineral.   China’s Wuyi County where this Conference is on-going now, is a fluorspar-rich region.


GI-POF uses the same wavelengths as glass optical fiber, and with similar ultra-high speeds in short reaches but does not break easily.  When glass optical fiber and GI-POF linked together, ultra-high speed is essentially guaranteed with substantially reduced latency.


I have been dreaming, closer and closer the dream is becoming a reality, that is: all-optical networks with glass optical fiber GOF in the long haul, with GI-POF complementing in the short reaches and frequent bendable/moving and other situations, with copper wire providing needed electrical power. 


Together with wireless technologies such as 5G, WiFi, Beidou and so on, that dream all optical networks support Metaverse, 8K video, autopiloting, gaming, smart-living, smart-medical, holography and many many more applications.


You may ask, wait a minute, Dexi!  Is GI-POF trying to take away the markets from glass otical fiber and from copper wire?  Globally they are not happy and not supportive to your DREAMS! 


The answer is no, no, no!


The answer is that neither does Gi-POF compete against with glass optical fiber, nor does it compete against with copper wires in any substantive way.


There will be tripods in the modern super high speed 3-Dimensional networks: glass optical fiber which is superb for super high speed for long haul and relatively stationary situations, Gi-POF is meeting the needs for short-reach and frequently moving and cornering situations, copper wire providing needed electrical powers, plus wireless technologies transmitting data to places. 


They will be focusing on their individual strengths: copper is irreplaceable in conducting electrical power, needed for algorithms, displays, driving, many more.  Let more and more copper be used since I believe that many new applications will be developed.   Gi-POF offers technical advancement for the copper wire data transmission industry. Gi-POF is a bona fide partner in a way.  Together they can reach carbon neutral goals for global industries. Let them cooperate.


Gi-POF complements glass optical fiber, Gi-POF is a de facto partner. Transmitting same wavelengths and with appropriate connection technologies, these two are easily inter-linked to form all-optical passive lines.  I request people onsite here to take a look at the walls on the left and right.  There is a case of GOF and GI-POF cooperation in action.  In this Hall there is a network of dual-1Gbps, upload and download: GOF for FTTH; the modem and routers are connected with Gi-POF; GOF and GI-POF are spliced together near the modem.  Onsite 3D network is dual-Gbps: wireless 1Gbps supported by wired 1Gbps optical fibers (GOF & Gi-POF).   Here I thank Wuyi Government and China Telecommunications of Jinhua Branch for communication service support.  The Gi-POF and related all-optical hardware are courtesy of Zhejiang GiPOF Optronics Technology Co., Ltd and Hangzhou FlexMI Technology Co., Ltd. 


The three are not competitors; they are partners.  In fact, in the audience there are our friends/allies from the glass optical fiber and copper data communication cables industries.  Cooperation will result in multilateral winning.  Complementary cooperation will bring even more returns for all parties.  Thank you, guys for support.


I dream and strongly believe, that GI-POF will be a major infrastructural element to support 5G, 8K and metaverse.  That way we can better share information and avoid bad things such as COVID-19; that we as avatars can exchange information and experience in the metaverse or holographic world, as though we were actually on site.


I dream and I strongly believe, that GI-POF will be a mainstream optical fiber, rather than a specialty one.    We strive to achieve the goal that every corner of the world will be lit with the invisible lights that carry information through GOF and Gi-POF.  We need and we need to share information;  we need it more and we need it fast. 


I strongly believe science & technology advancements benefit human civilization.  Ultra-high speed communication is among the ways to facilitate open exchange and harmonious cooperation among global scientists and users!


Let us work together, for the commonwealth of the global scientific society.


I dream and strongly believe, we can service the advancement of the ever-bettering human civilization, together.   


Thank you very much.

Dexi WENG, Ph.D
Chair, Organizing Committee, ICPOF-China Chapter
Chairman, Zhejiang GiPOF Optronics Technology Co., Ltd
Dean, Dexyan Global Poly Research Institute

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