This is the ElectroniCast Global Forecast of consumption forecast of small beam collimating lens assemblies in fiber optic communication (including telecommunication, datacom and cable TV) passive and active/integrated (hybrid) components/devices. The years of coverage, in the market review and forecast, are: 2014-2019. 1
ElectroniCast defines lens assemblies as “loose” lenses (one or more), which are attached to an optical fiber or fitted/attached into (or on) a planar waveguide/array substrates or other device(s), such as a ferrule, for the purpose of collimating light for optical fiber communication.
The market forecast data are presented for fiber optic collimator lens assemblies, which are used in optical communications applications. The data are segmented by the following functions:
1All values and prices in this report are at factory as-shipped levels, and are in current dollars, which include the effect of a forecasted 5 percent annual inflation rate over the forecast period.
The consumption value is determined by multiplying the number of units by the average selling price. The average selling prices are based on the price of the fiber optic collimator assembly at the initial factory level. The market data are segmented into the following geographic regions, plus a Global summary:
Collimator lenses (and lens assemblies) are used in a variety of photonic products; however this report presents the use of micro-sized collimator lens assemblies, which are used specifically in optical communication components, such as some of the following:
Fiber Optics industry is in a growth mode. We are now seeing the expansion, such as ”Green-Field” (new-builds), and DWDM use and the continuance of the “lighting-up” of ”dark fiber”. The fiber optics industry is now observing an impressive increase in the consumption of the optical elements and components that facilitate a strong environment for the use of collimator lenses (and lens assemblies).
Most of this activity is driven by the expansion of fiber optic transport and access networks, mainly in telecommunications. The private data communication, cable TV, as well as the specialty and instrumentation market segments, also will drive the market of lenses used for collimating the optical signal (light). Fiber optic collimators have been used in conjunction with optical isolators, optical circulators and any other passive or active optical function, which requires converting divergent beams of radiation or particles, such as light rays, into parallel beams. Fiber collimators are widely used in a variety of optical applications, as noted previously.
Commercially available fiber collimator arrays have typically implemented separate lenses, which has increased the cost of the array. For example, one commercially available collimator array has utilized a V-groove array substrate with individually aligned graded-index (GRIN) micro-lens and fibers in each V-groove. These GRIN micro-lens have generally been produced by an ion-exchange process and normally provide high coupling efficiency and have been utilized as collimators for laser beam printers, bar code scanners, optical isolators, optical circulators and DVD players, as well as miniature objective lenses for medical/industrial endoscopes. Planar micro-lens arrays are one or two-dimensional (2-D) lens arrays formed on a substrate and may include numerous microscopic lenses in various sizes and patterns.
The consumption value of collimator lens in 2014 was led by their use in passive optical components, such as couplers, filters, isolators, circulator, certain types of connectors, switch elements and numerous others, even “hybrid” components, which incorporate two or more components in one package. Also, several miscellaneous active and integrated (hybrid) components with multiple (two or more) functions, even passive and active combined in the same package are increasing in consumption value.
This 2014-2019 forecast and analysis of collimator lens assembly consumption is presented for each significant function or product. Company profiles of selected competitors and associated/related companies are provides, as well as market share estimates for last year.
The information is presented in easy-to-follow illustrations and text. The reasons for the forecasted trends are discussed. A global summary also is provided. The report also outlines the market research methodology followed and the key assumptions made. Terms, acronyms, and abbreviations used are defined.