OIDA Market Update March-April 2014

Meetings & Forum Publications, 78 pages

Abstract

The OIDA Market Update brings the Annual Market Report to OIDA members and the industry in a series of bi-monthly installments. Each update features key topics in optoelectronics markets, including particular sectors or market segments, regional trends, and recent areas of focus for OIDA, and which are not available in another form in the industry today. The Market Update also features more detail on topics that are reported by OIDA elsewhere in presentations and in the OIDA newsletter. The material is presented in a user-friendly format as a set of slides with accompanying narration.
 
This latest installment features the following topics:

  • A brief update on the photonics market, featuring hot topics in optical communications addressed by OIDA at OFC2014.   It suggests good prospects ahead for 2014.  It reviews why there is so much attention to data centers, photonic integration, 100+G coherent transmission, and SDN.   And, it begins a discussion of the coming transformation of communication networks.  With traditional providers like Comcast moving into content, and “content” providers like Google moving into infrastructure, and with the coming of the software-defined and virtual network, what will that mean for the traditional optical equipment and component vendors?
  • An update on selected segments of the optical data communications market: data center optics and silicon photonics, which is often cited as a solution to the demands on data center optics.  OIDA has a strong effort in photonic integration that will be featured in coming reports.
  • An expanded analysis of the market for passive optics.  This reviews the market for passive optics - photonics products that are not electrically active devices.  They are discussed by target application and by technology (free-space, fiber-based, and wafer-based).  It also includes a discussion of the suppliers.  Most of the revenues are concentrated among a few large suppliers. 

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