MARCH 4, 2009 -- Active optical cables (AOC) have created considerable "buzz" in the optical connectivity business over the past year. "Active Optical Cables Market Report 2009," Information Gatekeepers' (search for IGI) first report on the AOC market, examines several market segments that are expected to generate significant business growth over the next five years.
Cumulative active optical cable (AOC) revenue is expected to exceed $8.9 billion from 2009 through 2013 just for the 15 application segments included in this report, say IGI analysts. Single-year revenue is expected to grow from the present level of <$100 million to over $1.3 billion in 2010, then up to over $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.
Total AOC counts identified in this report should exceed 2 million units in 2009, growing to over 74 million units by 2013. Growth in the overall AOC forecast should generate better supplier cost efficiency both at the AOC OEM cable providers and with their underlying material supplier communities, note analysts.
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 5 Gbps, as well as those demanding extended cable lengths beyond 2-5 meters at these speeds.
It is already well understood that copper-based cables are experiencing significant challenges in this performance range, thus offering significant copper-displacement sales opportunity for AOC providers.
The report includes fifteen separate market segment forecasts, covering four platform types, four bus standards, and five platform categories.
The particular sectors included in this report include the following:
• Mainframe/supercomputer (HPCC);
• Desktop and notebook/portable personal computers (PC);
• High-definition television (HDTV); and
• Consumer electronics devices (CE).
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