About Us

About Us

CIR has been providing market analysis to the optical networking business since 1985; back in the days when optics was first being deployed in the long haul and optical Ethernet was for pushing Ethernet a few hundred more feet.  Over the years, CIR has produced over two hundred reports that have tracked the cutting edge of the communications sector with a special focus on emerging technologies.

Today we bring our wealth of experience and long history to the latest wave of optical networking; networks operating up to the Terabit level, with the focus being on short-reach optical data communications.  In addition, to discussions of traditional markets in the data center, we also provide coverage of optical communications opportunities in consumer electronics, as well as optics on chips and circuit boards. Our research interests include the latest MSAs, data rates, fiber types and laser technology.

Through our reports and consulting we offer insight and guidance on the market opportunities for optical subsystems and components. Our focus is on supplying our customers with the most comprehensive and detailed industry analysis available.  CIR reports provide both qualitative appraisals of the latest optical technologies and quantitative analyses of their long-term revenue potential.

CIR’s forecasts offer the granularity required by today’s optical networking firms. Our analysis takes into consideration diverse factors such as network topology, data center growth, semiconductor industry trends, new directions in consumer electronics, etc.  We also examine financial results, real estate statistics, technology adoption patterns and pricing trends. When a company purchases a CIR report or engages us for custom consulting solutions they receive a carefully thought-through finished product that reflects market realities and the latest strategic thinking in the industry.

CIR works with established and start-up companies; industry giants and niche players; as well as market leaders and new entrants. Companies rely on CIR reports and consulting services because the forecasts are credible, the coverage is balanced and the insights are rock-solid.

Leaders of strategic planning, marketing, sales, engineering and finance make up CIR’s user base. CIR also offers services to the financial community, addressing the needs of analysts, money managers and venture investors who seek the level of enlightened analysis for which CIR is recognized.



  • Active optical cabling (AOCs)
  • Optical interconnects
  • Optical engines
  • Silicon photonics, optical Integration and on-chip optics
  • Next-generation data com lasers
  • Novel fiber technology


  • Optical Ethernet
  • InfiniBand
  • Fibre Channel and other storage networks
  • Thunderbolt and USB
  • HDMI and DisplayPort
  • Optical data centers
  • Fiber-in-the-home and workplace
  • Optical backplanes

our team

Lawrence Gasman

Lawrence Gasman is the founder of CIR and has been tracking commercial opportunities in high-speed networking business since 1985. Over the years, he has covered both the optical networking equipment and optical components market and his recent market analysis work has focused on optical data centers, embedded optics, 5G infrastructure and quantum networking.

Gasman’s consulting work has included both major multinationals and high-tech start-ups as clients and he has also carried out due diligence work for investment banks, venture capitalists and leading management consulting firms.

He is also the author of numerous articles on the economics of technology and of four books covering telecommunications and nanotechnology.

Lisa Huff
Principal Analyst

Lisa Huff is Senior Associate Analyst at CIR . She is a Certified Data Center Professional (CDCP) and degreed electrical engineer with almost 30 years experience in the electronics industry. She has held various industry analyst, marketing and engineering positions at Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company, Communications Industry Researchers, FCI and TE Connectivity.

Her expertise is in data centers, data communications cabling and connectivity, networking equipment and optical components. Lisa writes for two blogs, DataCenterStocks and Optical Components and has presented at many industry conferences including 7x24 Exchange International, Data Center World, OFC, and WDM and Next Generation Optical Networking.

She also teaches an annual OFC short course, Data Center Cabling: Transitioning from Copper to Fiber (SC358). She has produced more than 25 publications. Hermost recent market research can be found at Discerning Analytics Web site.

Alan Spencer
Senior Associate Analyst

During his lengthy career as an analyst, he has written numerous reports on topics of vital interest to the telecommunications business and investment community. He has published articles in both the telecoms and IT trade press. Alan is a UK Chartered Engineer.

Missy Wade
Vice President of Sales and Content

Missy Wade is the Vice President of Sales and Content for CIR. She has had over 20 years of experience in the administrative, sales and medical field. Missy assists and works closely with Lawrence Gasman, founder of CIR .

Client List

Here is a list of some of the companies who have recently purchased CIR reports:

Client List
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  • 3M
  • Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Group
  • AGC Research Institute Inc.
  • Amphenol
  • Asahi Glass
  • Ciena
  • Corning 
  • Enplas Corporation
  • ETRI
  • FCI
  • Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
  • Fujikura Ltd.
  • Fujitsu Components America
  • Fujitsu Laboratory, Ltd.
  • Fujitsu Semiconductor
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
  • Hantech
  • Hisilicon Technologies
  • Hitachi
  • Hitachi Cable, Ltd.
  • Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
  • Huawei Technologies Co.
  • Huber Suhner AG
  • Inneos
  • Intel Corporation
  • KELK Ltd.
  • Kyocera
  • KYOCERA Corporation
  • Lusem Co., Ltd.
  • LSmtron
  • Materion
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
  • Nitto Denko
  • Oki Electric Industry
  • Panasonic
  • Photonics Electronics Technology Research Association
  • QD Laser
  • Quantum Union
  • Reflex Photonics
  • Regional Support Express Pte, Ltd.
  • Samsung
  • Samtech
  • Semtech Corporation
  • Silicon Line
  • SMBC Nikko Securities, Inc.
  • Sony Corporation
  • StarTech
  • Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations USA
  • TE Connectivity
  • Volex
  • Xilinx
  • Zeiss Optical

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