Corning Incorporated received an Emmy for Technology & Engineering from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Low-loss optical fiber, invented by Corning decades ago, continues to revolutionize broadcast technology in a bandwidth-hungry world and was the reason for the award.
The award honors 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.
“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 fiber,” 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 fiber 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 honors including a National Medal of Technology in 2000 – unleashed a communications revolution, with data traveling at the speed of light.
Today, optical fiber – 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.