François Robitaille

      François Robitaille

      Senior Product Line Manager, Optical Business Unit

      François Robitaille has been with EXFO since 2000. His main responsibilities include NEM market assessment, identifying potential growth areas and key product ideas as well as ensuring that products reach the market and are commercially successful. François started his career as a Project Manager for Gentec Electro-Optics and from there moved on to Bell Mobility Radio in Engineering and Sales, then to Davicom Technologies as Director of R&D. François holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Université Laval, in Quebec City. He brings to EXFO extensive expertise in both R&D and sales.


      Articles from this author

       

      Manufacture without constraints using automation and switching

      By: François Robitaille | Category: High speed networks, Test orchestration | Posted date: 2017-08-29 | Views: 2377

      The rapid growth in network traffic and the ongoing booming demand for bandwidth has changed the ICT (information and communications technology) marketplace into one with both exciting opportunities for profitability, as well as serious production challenges, as demand for network equipment continues to grow at an unrelenting pace.

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      What’s the Key to Agility in a NEM Environment?

      By: François Robitaille | Category: High speed networks | Posted date: 2016-10-20 | Views: 3653

      Today’s network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) are facing increasing pressure to ramp up their production lines and launch high-quality products and fast and efficiently as possible for their customers. 

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      400G Technologies: New challenges that lie ahead

      By: François Robitaille | Category: High speed networks | Posted date: 2014-06-10 | Views: 3133

      Webinar of the Week Blog Series | In the last 12 months, we have seen multiple trials for 200G and 400G transmission worldwide on both client and line sides, which have presented multiple challenges. At this moment, new technologies and standards are being developed by groups, such as ITU, IEC, OIF, IEEE, to meet beyond 100G network requirements.


      100G and Beyond: ECOC 2012 Recap

      By: François Robitaille | Category: High speed networks | Posted date: 2012-09-25 | Views: 3680

      ECOC 2012 is now over.  It has been an interesting show with clearer market trends than ever:  100G is here and now!  The industry is also definitely getting ready for the next steps, 400G and 1TB.


      Characterizing Advanced Modulation Formats Using an Optical Sampling Approach

      By: François Robitaille | Category: High speed networks | Posted date: 2011-02-03 | Views: 9106

      With bandwidth demand growing and fiber availability going down, carriers and equipment manufacturers have no choice but to turn to high-speed optical transmission systems to increase network capacity. However, traditional one-bit-per-symbol modulation schemes, such as OOK or DPSK, do not offer the spectral efficiency necessary to significantly increase the overall data-carrying capacity of optical fibers. Moreover, if scaled up to much higher transmission speeds, these traditional modulation formats become very sensitive to chromatic dispersion (CD) and polarization-mode dispersion (PMD), rendering them unusable on existing networks.

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      Webinars from this author

       

      Manufacture without constraints: Automation and switching (Lightwave)

      By: François Robitaille | Category: NEMs and Lab WDM/SONET/OTN Transport Testing

      Join us for Part 1 of a two-part series designed for network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) tackling the challenges faced in delivering innovative solutions in the rapidly changing manufacturing environment.  

      Solutions for the following will be explored:

      • Changing landscape of transceiver technology, including CFP4, QSFP+/QSFP28
      • Advanced OTN testing 
      • Scaling production capacityReconfiguring manufacturing stations

       


      Part 1 of 2 - Network Equipment Manufacturers Webinar Series: Lab testing redefined to conquer your challenges

      By: François Robitaille | Category: NEMs and Lab WDM/SONET/OTN Transport Testing

      Manufacture without constraints: Automation and switching

      This webinar is the first of a series for network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) tackles the challenges faced by them in delivering innovative solutions in the context of a rapidly changing environment with pressures and constraints faced in the lab/R&D and in manufacturing.

      Solutions for the following are explored:

      • Changing landscape of transceiver technology, including CFP4, QSFP+/QSFP28
      • Advanced OTN testing
      • Scaling production capacity
      • Reconfiguring manufacturing stations

      Optical Transport for Data Centers and Content Providers (Hosted by Infonetics)

      By: François Robitaille | Category: High-Speed Networks: SONET/SDH, OTN, WDM, 40G/100G/400G

      Data centers and internet content providers (ICPs) are a vibrant and rapidly-growing market for optical equipment and are currently the center of market attention. But their needs are different than those of traditional carriers, and some of these requirements are well known and others are not. This webinar outlines not only the needs of data centers and content providers, but how equipment manufacturers are building tailored products to address the unique needs of these customers.

      Who Should Attend
      Network operators, data center operators, financial analysts, and the media.

      Is your network ready for Raman amplifiers?

      By: François Robitaille | Category: High-Speed Networks: SONET/SDH, OTN, WDM, 40G/100G/400G

      With the rapidly increasing number of coherent network deployments, there is a vast roll-out of Raman amplifiers to enhance Optical Signal-to-Noise Ratio (OSNR) for the purpose of increasing transmission distance without opto-electronic regeneration and preparing the network for future capacity upgrades using 8QAM and 16QAM. 


      400G Technologies: The New Challenges that Lie Ahead

      By: Bruno Giguère, François Robitaille, Dr. Simon Poole | Category: NEMs and Lab WDM/SONET/OTN Transport Testing

      In the last 12 months, we have seen multiple trials for 200G and 400G transmission worldwide on both client and line sides, which have presented multiple challenges. At this moment, new technologies and standards are being developed by groups, such as ITU, IEC, OIF, IEEE, to meet beyond 100G network requirements.  This webinar will review the potential technologies enabling transmission beyond 100G and the expected challenges related to deployment and testing, with a particular focus on long-haul and metro requirements.

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      Coherent Transmitter Testing Using an Optical Modulation Analyzer

      By: François Robitaille | Category: High-Speed Networks: SONET/SDH, OTN, WDM, 40G/100G/400G

      This webinar reviews the methods and tools that can be used to quickly and accurately test 100G transmitters, like constellation diagrams, eye diagrams and error vector magnitude measurement. It also focuses on the differences between coherent transmitter analysis via optical sampling and electrical sampling. Finally, common transmitter impairments are discussed as well as a novel approach that uses masks to avoid having to interpret complex test results.