Integrated optics

According to CIR, an analyst firm based in Charlottesville, VA, the worldwide market for integrated optical products will grow to $1.7 billion in value in 2006.

The firm’s latest report ‘Integrated Optics in Active Components: A Four-Year Forecast’ also predicts that the market for active integrated components, including products such as transceivers and transponders will grow rapidly from $205 million in 2003 to $1.3 billion in 2006.

In late 2002, CIR issued a report that projected revenues for passive integrated components would achieve sales of only $422 million in 2006.

CIR’s new report, however, shows the active integrated-components business to have far more potential. While actives will account for 58% of the total $1.7 billion integrated components market this year, that ratio will be 75% by 2006.

The Ethernet segment should get the most benefit from integrated devices. CIR expects to see sales of integrated optical Ethernet transmission modules grow from about $20 million now to approximately $244 million in 2006.

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