CIR reports provide insight into the emerging opportunities in short-reach optical communications. Covering products, pricing, standards, new technologies and more, our reports are intended as an essential guide to input into marketing and business strategies.


Jan 05, 2017


The deluge of data from streaming UHDTV video, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and especially cloud services has finally created a need for circuit board-level optical interconnects as well as for optical backplanes. In the future, CIR believes that other novel services – such as those related to virtual reality and telepresence – will put even more pressure on data communications and telecommunications box makers to extend the use optics in the “guts” of their products.

This report is designed to identify new opportunities for board-level optical interconnects and optical circuit boards.  This is an area where CIR has provided coverage for many years and the forecasts and other data provided in this report are rooted in an insider experience of this interesting area. Thus, this report contains a technical analysis of the requirements of this space (issues such as power consumption, etc.) and a detailed ten-year (volume and value) forecast with breakouts by type of box (HPC, servers, routers, switches, telecom equipment, etc.), components, fiber, etc. The report also offers an assessment of the product/market strategies of key optical firms active in this area.

Open report


Dec 05, 2016

Markets for Active Optical Cables: 2017-2026

This report provides a ten-year forecast/competitive analysis of the AOC market, which CIR has been covering for a decade. New in this report, is discussion of changes occurring as western AOC suppliers merge and Chinese suppliers emerge.  Also forecasts of AOC markets in personal computing and consumer electronics resulting from the recent Thunderbolt improvements. Applications covered by the report comprise:

  • Data centers (rack-to-rack, inter-router links, switch-to-router links, HPC applications, etc.)
  • Digital signage (connections to content sources and control centers)
  • Consumer electronics/personal computing (display extenders, personal video editing, gaming consoles etc.)
  • Military and secure networks
  • Campus networks
Open report


Oct 20, 2015

Active Optical Cable Markets 2015: Volume One:  Data Center and High-Performance Computing Markets

This past year has been a good one for Active Optical Cables (AOCs) as data centers and HPC facilities upgrade to 100G and high-speed IB connectivity.  We are also seeing the number of all-optical data centers creep up, with AOCs providing a useful path to the all-optical environment. Meanwhile Ethernet AOCs continue to be the "next big thing" and core router manufacturers have gradually begun to adopt AOCs as convenient tools of the trade.

Open report


Jan 01, 2015

Markets for On-Chip and Chip-to-Chip Optical Interconnects - 2015 to 2024

The so-called “interconnect bottleneck is creating opportunities for optical device and cable makers or all kinds. Process scaling, power consumption and operating frequency have all need to move away from metal interconnects and into the optical realm.  This need is increasing with each new node; in high performance processors with metal tracks, clock distribution alone can use up to 50% of total chip power.

Open report

Login Form close
Take a moment to sign up on the CIR website to be notified of new reports, news and articles. close

We will not sell/share your name with a 3rd party.

Contact Information:


2025 Library Avenue, Suite 402, Crozet, VA 22932






Purchasing questions

Please contact CIR during normal business hours of 8:30-5:30 East Coast time (US).  You can also fill out this contact form at any time and we will follow up with you promptly.