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San Jose, California (February 12, 2002) - “The ABC’s of Fiber Optic Technology” is the first in a series of short courses developed by Silicon Valley Photonics Ltd., and presented in association with the Engineering Department of U. C. Berkeley Extension. Class convenes in
February 25 and 26 - Berkeley Extension (1995 University Avenue, Berkeley.)
April 8 and 9 - Berkeley Extension Peninsula Center (1991 Broadway, Redwood City.)
June 10 and 11 - Berkeley Extension Downtown Center (425 Market, San Francisco.)

About the Course

This two-day course introducing the fundamentals of optical fiber and fiber-optic devices is intended to demystify this technology for non-technical as well as technical individuals. Attendees will gain an understanding of the essential concepts and terminology of fiber optic technology including: how it works, how it’s manufactured, key players, combining photonic devices to make larger systems, and the practical limitations. "This new course is an important addition to a very popular series of technology briefings for non-technical people, ranging from fundamentals of electronics and computing, to semiconductor and internet technologies. This course supplies a solid grounding in fiber-optic technology," said Dr. Richard Tsina, Assistant Dean, Professional Studies and Chair, Continuing Education in Engineering. "Fiber optics and photonics is the fundamental enabling technology for our future high-speed communications services, including high performance telecommunication and data communication networks, and emerging new consumer services. Employees in those industries and in related industries can gain a competitive advantage by developing a background in this key technology."

Highly Rated by Students

"I am very pleased that the course included many of the relevant technical issues I work with day-to-day. It helps me to better communicate in the language my engineering customers speak," said Eric Hundley, a Senior Sales Engineer at Tyco Electronics.

"The class was great - the theory was a good review, and the practical examples helped a lot. Having folks from different backgrounds encouraged discussion, which was invaluable,” said Dennis Blanco, a System Product Manager at Caspian Networks, “I have already recommended the class to other managers."

"The ability of light to transmit voice, video and data signals through glass seemed an imponderable mystery, until I took the SVP/Berkeley course. The mystery reveals itself as the instructor explains the basics of fiber optics, a journey not to be missed by anyone interested in how the technology works," said Michael Holiday, an Account Manager at Pycon Inc.

To Enroll

For information or to enroll, call (510) 642-4151, e-mail course@unx.berkeley.edu, or visit www.unex.berkeley.edu/eng.

About Silicon Valley Photonics, Ltd.

Silicon Valley Photonics Ltd. is a world-leading training and consulting firm in advanced optical technology and technical marketing, with over 20 years of experience in the optical industry. Areas of expertise include gigabit/second fiber optic communication, module design, packaging, switching, metrology, radiation effects, mass storage, microlithography, integrated optics, polarization-preserving fiber devices, and sensors.

About U. C. Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension is one of the oldest and largest continuing education programs in the United States. Each year nearly 60,000 students - from the Bay Area, across the nation, and around the world - enroll at UC Berkeley Extension to further their careers and enhance their professional development. UC Berkeley Extension offers a convenient number of options, including online courses, and corporate and community partnerships.

Contact Information

Tel: +1 (408) 437-9292
Fax: +1 (408) 437-2489


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