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OPPORTUNITIES IN BOARD-LEVEL OPTICAL INTERCONNECTS: OPTICS-ENABLED CIRCUIT BOARDS, OPTICAL ENGINES, AND OPTICAL BACKPLANES
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
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
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
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