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New IGI report estimates 74 million active optical cable units by 2013

Active optical cables  (AOC) have created considerable “buzz” in the optical connectivity business...

July 8, 2009  

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Active optical cables  (AOC) have created considerable “buzz” in the optical connectivity business over the past year, says research firm International Gatekeepers Inc. (IGI).


Active Optical Cables Market Report 2009, IGI’s first report on the AOC market, examines several market segments that are expected to generate significant business growth over the next five years.


The report includes 15 separate market segment forecasts, covering four platform types, four bus standards and five platform categories.


According to the report, cumulative cable revenue is expected to exceed US$8.9 billion from 2009 through 2013 just for the application segments included in the report.


Single-year revenue is expected to grow from the present-year level of under US$100 million to over US$1.3 billion in 2010, then up to over US$2.4 billion by 2013. As additional application segments are included in the overall market, the total revenue numbers can be expected to increase substantially over these conservative figures, IGI says.


Total AOC counts identified in this report should exceed 2 million units in 2009, growing to over 74 million units by 2013.


According to the company, several key high-volume applications segments were chosen for this report. Emphasis was given to ones with products using digital electronic interfaces running either at or above 5Gbps, as well as those demanding extended cable lengths beyond 2-5 metres at these speeds.