This is the ElectroniCast Global Forecast of consumption forecast of collimating lens assemblies in commercial optical communication passive and active/integrated (hybrid) components. Historical (last year) data are presented for 2013, plus the year-by-year forecast through 2018.
ElectroniCast defines lens assemblies as 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) for the purpose of collimating light for optical fiber communication.
This report provides the collimator market forecasts in terms of Quantity (number of units), Average Selling Prices (ASPs) per unit and Consumption Values. 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:
The Fiber Optics industry is in a growth mode. We are now seeing the expansion, such “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.
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. Commercially available PMLAs are usually graded-index (GRIN), aspheric or Fresnel lenses.
The consumption value of collimator lens assemblies in 2013 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.
During the forecast period, bandwidth expansion demands will push for new network links, incorporating Metro/Access, Long Haul, WDM, OADM and other system-based deployments.
For this multi-client Fiber Optic Collimator Market Forecast study, ElectroniCast is segmenting the collimator lens assemblies as listed below:
The market study covers single lens assemblies, 2-12 lens arrays, and arrays with more than 12 lenses. Both of the lens array categories are forecast with strong growth rates of more than 45% per year (2013-2018). Single lens fiber optic collimator assemblies hold the global market share lead in the selected optical communication applications covered in the ElectroniCast study.
The global consumption of fiber optic collimator lens assemblies, which are used in commercial optical communication applications, reached $264.2 million last year in 2013 and is forecast to reach $298.4 million this year (2014), an increase of 12.9%. The American and APAC regions are forecast to remain relatively close together in relative consumption value market share. The Europe, Middle East and Africa regional segment (EMEA) is forecast with the fastest average annual growth rate during the forecast period. Market forecast data in the ElectroniCast report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data.
Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies Global Market Share (%), By Region
(Value Basis, Estimate - 2014)
Source: ElectroniCast Consultants