Photonic IC subsystems and components to net $11 billion by 2006

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The market for photonic IC subsystems and components netted $4.3 billion in 2001 and will experience an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 20.5% to reach almost $11 billion by 2006, according to a new report by Business Communications Co. Inc. (BCC-Norwalk, CT). The market for these devices has reached a critical commercial threshold, thanks to the optical-component industry's migration from manual assembly to automated semiconductor wafer-processing techniques and single-chip solutions.

The market for discrete devices or integrated optical circuits, including pump and source laser diodes and photodiodes, is expected to grow at an AAGR of 18.5% to reach nearly $9.5 billion by 2006. The market for subsystems, meanwhile, will experience a 42.2% AAGR to net $1.5 billion by 2006. Th 94761

According to the report, the preponderance of growth for photonic chips will take place in 2003 and beyond, when simultaneous upgrades to network architecture and bandwidth-specifically, all-optical and 40-Gbit/sec networks-will establish sizable end markets for the devices. The wide-scale adoption of photonic switches and subsystems, optical add/drop multiplexers, and optical crossconnects will also boost the market, since they are predominantly based on chip architectures.

For more information on the report, "RGB-256 Photonic Integrated Circuits: New Directions," call Business Communications Co. Inc. at 203-853-4266 or visit

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