OIDA Market Update September 2014

OIDA Market Update September 2014

Meetings & Forum Publications, 86 pages


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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:

OIDA/EA 100GbE per Lambda for Data Center Workshop: This section presents highlights from the June 2014 workshop held in San Jose and co-hosted by OIDA and the Ethernet Alliance.  The workshop examined single-channel, single-lambda 100GbE technology. 

Photovoltaic market update:

  • The PV cell/panel and module markets are an estimated $14B and $27B, respectively, in 2014. 
  • Shipments of new PV module generating capacity continue to grow, but declining prices and changing government incentive programs translate to flat to modest growth for PV suppliers. Analysts are hopeful that the market is stabilizing, and that module prices are sustainable for the time being, leading finally to profitability for suppliers.
  • Module prices are so low that U.S. government targets are being met, and some funding of PV R&D is being reassigned to other priorities. 
  • The cycle is more pronounced for manufacturing equipment vendors. Increasing demand from emerging and residential markets, combined with consolidation and new technology, may lead to a new round of investment in manufacturing capacity.