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CIR report examines integrated optical component market

A report released yesterday by Communications Industry Researchers, Inc. (CIR) concludes that while the integrated...


September 10, 2002  


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A report released yesterday by Communications Industry Researchers, Inc. (CIR) concludes that while the integrated optics market is still in its early phases of development, suppliers of integrated optical products can take heart that real opportunities lie just over the horizon.

CIR projects that worldwide sales from integrated optical products used within multiplexing, switching and computing will surpass US$400 million by 2006. While the firm is quick to point out that such numbers are not the standard inflated forecasts usually offered by analyst firms, the figure represents an important trend worth watching.

"Integrated optics will also facilitate the growth of optical networking in metro and access networks as the costs to deploy optical systems decrease due to substantial reductions on components costs," it said.

"Another important benefit for those companies basing their offering on integrated technology platforms is the ability to create and sell a broader range of products. Advances in materials will enable a new generation of start-ups to compete against established components suppliers, and this market has drawn the attention of the largest semiconductor manufacturers such as Intel, AMCC and Analog Devices."

The report provides projections for integrated array products (e.g. arrayed waveguides (AWG), switch arrays and VOA arrays), along with AWG + X type products; optical chips and chipsets; and integrated products aimed at computing applications, such as optical backplane products.

Further information is available at www.cir-inc.com.


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