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Planar Waveguide Circuit Modules, APAC Region Will Increase Lead in Market Share Through 2016


February 2nd, 2012

Global Information Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "Planar Waveguide Circuit Modules Global Market Forecast and Analysis (2011-2016)" by ElectroniCast.

Planar technology allows a much tighter density of components given that all functions are can be performed on a single PWC chip. The end result is a much smaller device and smaller footprint for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) solutions.

According to ElectroniCast Consultants, the global consumption value of planar waveguide circuit (PWC) modules will increase with strongly rising quantity growth partially offset by declining average prices.

The APAC region, with 45% in 2011, is forecast to increase at as faster pace versus the other two regions to maintain the lead in relative market share (see Figure). The America region is set to hold onto the 2nd-place position. Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will remain in a distant third place in relative market share (2011-2016). The consumption value of a particular module is determined by the region and final application ("end-use") of the module.

According to the market research study results, the trend is for discrete-circuit (single-function) based PWC modules to be gradually displaced by equivalent performance (multiple-function) planar waveguide modules. The combination of the packaging and integrated optics aspects of PWC technology provides for an attractive and powerful technology for modules, which will hold multiple (two or more) functions (integrated multifunction devices); thereby, reducing size, weight, and cost versus larger, bulkier discrete (single-function) modules.

"PWC discrete (single function) modules are forecast for relatively slower growth versus the integrated multifunction module category," said Stephen Montgomery, president  International Business at ElectroniCast.

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