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Optical Isolators in Asia Pacific Region Forecast to Triple


June 4th, 2012

Global Information Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "Optical Isolators Global Market Forecast and Analysis (2012-2017)" by ElectroniCast.

Optical isolators are passive devices that allow light to be transmitted in only one direction. They are most often used to prevent any light from reflecting back down the optical fiber, as this light would enter the source and cause backscattering and feedback problems. This is especially important for high data rate transceivers and transponders, or those devices requiring long span lengths between transceiver pairs.

According to ElectroniCast, the American region held the lead in terms of relative market share consumption value of optical isolators in 2011, with nearly 43.8 percent; however the Asia Pacific region (APAC), dramatically pushed along by the telecommunication in the Peoples Republic of China, is forecast to increase at a faster rate in terms of annual growth (2011-2016). The consumption of optical isolators in the APAC region is forecast to nearly triple (3x) during the 2011-2016 time frame.

In terms of volume (quantity/unit) regional trends of optical isolators, the Asia Pacific (APAC) region already holds the lead in relative market share, and ElectroniCast predicts that maintain the leadership position throughout the forecast period (2011-2016).

Optical isolators are used in many applications in commercial, industrial, and laboratory settings. They are reliable devices when used in conjunction with fiber optic amplifiers, fiber optic ring lasers, fiber optic links in cable TV/multimedia applications, and high-speed/ DWDM and coherent fiber optic telecommunication communication systems, laboratory R&D, sensors, gyro-systems, test/instrumentation measurement quality assurance applications in automation of manufacturing processes and several others.

The optical isolator market is segmented into the following major application categories:

  • Telecommunications
  • Private Enterprise Networks
  • Cable TV
  • Military/Aerospace (Commercial and MIL-SPEC)
  • Specialty (intra-enclosure, test, industrial, laboratory, other applications)

ElectroniCast estimates that the Telecommunication applications hold 68% of the relative market share of the worldwide consumption value of optical isolators in 2012. ElectroniCast researched the current market and technology activities of over 35 optical isolator vendors and notes an increase in product development and customer support in 2012.

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