Active Optical Cable (AOC) Market About to Get a Boost from the Digital Signage Industry

FARMINGTON, Conn., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- According to a new report by Communications Industry Researchers, "Active Optical Cabling Markets: 2013 and Beyond," AOC sales for digital signage will hit $0.7 billion by 2018, while data centers will buy $0.5 billion in AOCs. Other non-data center markets will contribute $225 million.


The report notes that copper solutions are persistent, but says that is changing. Bandwidth requirements for multiple uncompressed video streams are pushing signage vendors towards fiber. Video processing OEMs have already built alliances with AOC specialists. AOCs can compete with expensive USB 3.0 shielded twinax cable. Corning has already introduced an optical USB 3.0 extender.

Currently, data center managers are making the best of what they have. CIR believes that AOCs can be sold today to optimize existing infrastructure, by providing higher data rates between storage facilities and servers. Starting in the 2014-15 period, CIR expects AOC data center sales to grow rapidly responding to new demand from Big Data applications. The future of data center AOCs will be in 40 Gbps, 100 Gbps and high-speed InfiniBand.

This report also discusses the rise of Chinese suppliers in the AOC market, exactly as CIR predicted in its 2011 AOC report. According to CIR, these new entrants can now offer product quality that makes them competitive with AOCs from established firms in developed countries. It believes that this will significantly change market shares in the AOC business.

In addition to an in-depth analysis of the AOC market, this report contains profiles of the following AOC vendors. 10GTEK, 3M, Avago, C2G, Chromis, FCI, Fiberon, Finisar, Gigac, GigaLight, Hitachi Cable, Mellanox, Molex, OneStop, Samtec, Siemon, Sumitomo, TE Connectivity, VIA and Volex.

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According to a new study "Passive Optical Network Equipment Market in the APAC Region 2012-2016", the Passive Optical Network Equipment market in the APAC region is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 32.4 percent over the period through 2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing growth of PON equipment in China. The Passive Optical Network Equipment market in the APAC region has also been witnessing the evolution of optical network architecture. However, the limited infrastructure for fiber-optic networks could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

Key vendors dominating the passive optical network equipment market space in APAC are Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Sumitomo Electric Networks Inc., and ZTE Corp.

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The fiber optics industry is also observing an increase in the consumption of the transmitter/receiver optical communication links and other relative devices, which facilitate a strong environment for the use of optical isolators. ElectroniCast's new report, "Optical Isolators Global Market Forecast and Analysis (2012-2017)", provides the Consumption Value, Quantity, and Average Selling Prices of both free-space and in-line (fiber-to-fiber) optical isolators used in communication and specialty applications.

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