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Fiber Optic Communications Collimator Lens Assemblies Global Market Forecast and Analysis March 2015

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:

  • Consumption Value (US$, million)
  • Quantity (number/units x Thousand)
  • Average Selling Prices (ASP $, each)

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:

  • America (North, Central and South America)
  • EMEA (Europe, Middle Eastern countries, plus Africa)
  • APAC (Asia Pacific)

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:

  • Modulators; Attenuators; Transmitter
  • Pump laser modules
    • Photonic Switch/Optical Cross Connects
    • Wavelength Selective Switch, ROADMs
  • Isolators; Interleavers; Circulators
  • Expanded-beam connector assemblies
  • Optical filter modules, DWDM, Tunable Filters
  • Optical sensors
  • Optical signal processing
  • Integrated/hybrid packaged modules
  • Other active and passive components

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.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

  • 1.1. Overview
  • 1.2. Fiber Optic Networks - Overview
  • 1.3. WDM Filter Trends - Overview
  • 1.4. Fiber Optic Attenuators Trends - Overview
  • 1.5. Fiber Optic Circulator Trends - Overview
  • 1.6. Optical Modulator Trends - Overview
  • 1.7. Planar Waveguide Circuits Trends - Overview
  • 1.8. Optical Isolator Trends - Overview
  • 1.9. Chromatic Dispersion Compensator Modules - Overview
  • 1.10. Fiber Optic Sensors Trends - Overview

2. Market and Technology Forecast and Analysis

  • 2.1. Global Collimator Lens Assembly Market Forecast
  • 2.2. America. Collimator Lens Assembly Market Forecast
  • 2.3. EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Collimator Lens Assembly Market Forecast
  • 2.4. Asia Pacific (APAC) Collimator Lens Assembly Market Forecast

3. Selected U.S. Patents (22-Patent Summaries)

4. Competition - Fiber Optic Collimators & Related Products

  • 4.1. Company Profiles - Fiber Optic Collimators (38 Profiles)
  • 4.2. Company Profiles - Related Products (40 Profiles)
  • 4.3 . Competition: Market Share Estimates

5. Optical Communication Trends

  • 5.1. Fiber Network Technology Trends
  • 5.2. Components
    • 5.2.1. Overview
    • 5.2.2. Transmitters and Receivers
    • 5.2.3. Optical Amplifiers
    • 5.2.4. Dispersion Compensators
    • 5.2.5. Fiber Cable
  • 5.3. Devices and Parts
    • 5.3.1. Overview
    • 5.3.2. Emitters and Detectors
    • 5.3.3. VCSEL & Transceiver Technology Review
    • 5.3.4. Optoelectronic Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
    • 5.3.5. Modulators
    • 5.3.6. Packages
    • 5.3.7. Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits

6. Methodology

  • 6.1. ElectroniCast Research and Analysis Methodology
  • 6.2. Assumptions of Fiber Optic Component Global Market Forecast

7. Definitions - Acronyms, Abbreviations, and General Terms

8. ElectroniCast Market Forecast Data Base - Overview and Tutorial

Addendum Items:

EXCEL - ElectroniCast Data Base Market Forecast Spreadsheets

  • Complete Market Forecast
    • Global
    • America
    • EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)
    • APAC (Asia Pacific)

PowerPoint - ElectroniCast Market Forecast Data Figures

List of Figures

  • 1.1.1: Global Market Consumption Quantity Forecast of Collimator Lens Assemblies ($ Million)
  • 1.1.2: Regional Market Consumption Value Forecast of Collimator Lens Assemblies (Quantity, Million)
  • 1.1.3: Full-band tunable high-dynamic-range transmitter engine
  • 1.1.4: 120 Gbps Embedded Optical Engine
  • 1.1.5: Collimator Components
  • 1.1.6: Optical communication device lens Hemispherical-like Lens
  • 1.1.7: Single-Lens Fiber Optic Collimator Assemblies
  • 1.1.8: Single-Lens Fiber Optic Collimator Assemblies
  • 1.1.9: Collimating lens with numerical aperture of 0.7
  • 1.1.10: The FCLM TM Laser Module
  • 1.1.11: Planar MicroLens (PML)
  • 1.1.12: Prism Optical Switches
  • 1.1.13: Stepper Motor Optical Switches
  • 1.1.14: Optical Fiber Amplifier Component Categories
  • 1.1.15: Integrated Component, GFF-Isolator-Tap-WDM
  • 1.1.16: Integrated Component, Miniature Tap-Photodiode
  • 1.1.17: Multiple Fiber Connector with Prism Optics
  • 1.1.18: V-Groove Fiber Array
  • 1.1.19: Array Fiber Collimators (1x8, 1x16 and 2D Collimators)
  • 1.2.1: FTTP PON Architecture
  • 1.2.2: Data Center Topology
  • 1.2.3: Multi-Tier Data Center Architecture
  • 1.2.4: HFC Distribution System
  • 1.2.5: Africa: Subocean Fiber Cable
  • 1.2.6: Data Centers in Japan
  • 1.2.7: Data Centers in Asia
  • 1.2.8: Distributed Continuous Fiber Optic Sensor System Components
  • 1.3.1: Wavelength Allocations in Access-Area Networks
  • 1.3.2: Thin Film Filter DWDM Module
  • 1.3.3: Thin Film Filter DWDM Module (40 Channels)
  • 1.3.4: Athermal Arrayed-Waveguide Grating Multiplexer
  • 1.3.5: ITU CWDM Grid Standard Illustration
  • 1.3.6: OADM Filter Typical Response Characteristics
  • 1.3.7: Thin Film Interference Filter
  • 1.3.8: Light Power Output of Successive Wavelengths, Thin Film Filter
  • 1.3.9: Typical Thin Film DWDM Filter Modified Architecture
  • 1.3.10: Diffraction Grating DWDM Filter
  • 1.5.1: Brillouin Scattering-Induced Transparency in a Series of Silica Microresonators
  • 1.5.2: Configuration and Operation Illustration of 3-Port Optical Circulator
  • 1.7.1: DWDM Athermal AWG Module
  • 1.7.2: 50 GHz Spacing 88 Channel Athermal AWG Module
  • 1.7.3: PLC Technology: Integrated DQPSK receiver for 40G
  • 1.7.4: PLC Splitter Chips
  • 1.7.5: Illustration - PLC Splitter Wafer
  • 1.7.6: Illustration - PLC Splitter Wafer
  • 1.7.7: PLC Splitter Wafer
  • 1.7.8: Wafer Process - PLC Splitters
  • 1.7.9: 1xN Splitter Photolithography Mask
  • 1.7.10: PLC Splitter Chip (Planar Lightwave Circuit Splitter Chip)
  • 1.7.11: PLC Splitter Chip
  • 1.7.12: Illustration and Image of PLC Splitter Optical Fiber Interface Assembly
  • 1.7.13: ROADM Module
  • 1.7.14: ROADM Module Schematic Drawing
  • 1.7.15: Structure of PLC switch
  • 1.8.1: Polarization Maintaining Fiber Isolator
  • 1.8.2: Micro-Fiber Isolator
  • 1.8.3: Drawing of Forward Direction Through an Isolator
  • 1.8.4: Absorbing or Displacing Light Propagating in the Reverse Direction
  • 1.8.5: Laser setup and mode-locker assembly using fiber optic isolators
  • 1.1.10: Block diagram of Fiber Optic Sensors (FOS), showing the relationships between
  • 2.1.1: Micro Lenses
  • 2.1.2: Fusion-Bonding an Optical Fiber to a GRIN Lens
  • 2.1.3: FAC Lenses
  • 2.1.4: 2D and Linear Fiber Arrays
  • 2.1.5: Fiber Optic Polarization Rotation Mirror
  • 2.1.6: High-Index Plano-Convex Spherical Lenses -Collimators
  • 2.1.7: Slow Axis Collimators
  • 2.1.8: Polarization Maintaining Optical Circulator
  • 2.1.9: Pigtailed GRIN Lens Collimators
  • 2.1.10: Connectorized Aspheric Fiber Optic Collimators
  • 2.1.11: Multimode Fiber Optic Collimators
  • 2.1.12: 1.8mm Grin Lens in Use
  • 2.1.13: Fiber Collimator
  • 2.1.14: Low-loss Pigtail Type - Fiber Optic Rotary Joint (FORJ)
  • 2.1.15: Expanded-Beam Fiber Optic Connector
  • 2.1.16: PLC Splitter Modules
  • 2.1.17: 2D Lens Array
  • 2.2.1: America Market Consumption Value Forecast of Collimator Lens Assemblies (Quantity, Million)
  • 2.3.1: EMEA Market Consumption Value Forecast of Collimator Lens Assemblies (Quantity, Million)
  • 2.4.1: APAC Market Consumption Value Forecast of Collimator Lens Assemblies (Quantity, Million)
  • 4.1.1: Micro Gradient Index (GRIN) Lens
  • 4.1.2: PM Dual Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.3: 3 W 1550 nm Collimator, CW or Pulsed, 1.5 μm Fiber Laser
  • 4.1.4: Illustration: Polarization Maintaining Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.5: Illustration of 980, 850nm Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.6: Fiber Collimator Array
  • 4.1.7: C-Lens Collimator
  • 4.1.8: High Power Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.9: Polarization Maintaining Fiber Collimator (Dimensions)
  • 4.1.10: Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.11: Micro Lenses
  • 4.1.12: PM Fiber Collimator and Package Dimensions
  • 4.1.13: Micro Gradient Index (GRIN) Lens
  • 4.1.14: Two Dimensional Optical Array
  • 4.1.15: Fiber Collimator / Polarization Maintaining Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.16: Achromatic Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.17: Illustration of 980, 850nm Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.18: Fiber Collimator Array
  • 4.1.19: Fiber Collimator Lens Assembly
  • 4.1.20: Collimator Lens Assembly Components
  • 4.1.21: Optical Communication Device Lens
  • 4.1.22: MicroLenses
  • 4.1.23: GRIN Refractive Index Profile
  • 4.1.24: Pitch Concept of GRIN Lens
  • 4.1.25: Laser Diode Collimating Lenses
  • 4.1.26: Fiber Optic Collimating Lens Assemblies
  • 4.1.27: Illustration: High Power Fiber Collimator
  • 4.1.28: Polarization Maintaining Collimator
  • 4.1.29: Collimators and Focusers - Pigtail Style
  • 4.1.30: Single-Mode Collimator: Polarization Insensitive Collimator
  • 4.1.31: Typical 8-Channel CWDM with Fiber Collimators
  • 4.1.32: Array Fiber Collimators (1x8, 1x16 and 2D Collimators)
  • 4.1.33: Loose GRIN Lenses
  • 4.1.34: Gradient Index Micro Lens
  • 4.1.35: Lateral Emitting Collimator (LEC)
  • 4.1.36: Angled Polished and Lens Assemblies
  • 4.2.1: Polarization Independent Optical Circulator
  • 4.2.2: In-Line Optical Isolator
  • 4.2.3: Polarization Maintaining Optical Circulator (Dimensions)
  • 4.2.4: Fiber Optic Discrete Circulator
  • 4.2.5: In-Line Optical Isolator L-band
  • 4.2.6: Optical Circulator
  • 4.2.7: 1550nm Optical Isolator - Single / Dual Stage
  • 4.2.8: In-Line Optical Isolator with Dimensions
  • 4.2.9: Polarization Maintaining (PM) Fiber Optic Circulator
  • 4.2.10: Fiber Optic Circulator
  • 4.2.11: Optical Isolators (Shortpak Optical Isolators)
  • 4.2.12: Single Stage Optical Isolators
  • 4.2.13: Product Coverage
  • 4.2.14: Product Offering
  • 4.2.15: Fiber Optic Circulator
  • 4.2.16: Locations
  • 4.2.17: Fiber Optic Circulator
  • 4.2.18: Surface Mounting Optical Isolator
  • 4.2.19: Magnet Free Optical Isolator
  • 4.2.20: Circular Cylinder Optical Isolator
  • 4.2.21: Pigtail Optical Isolator
  • 4.2.22: Receptacle Optical Isolator
  • 5.1.1: 100G CFP2 Transceiver (IEEE 100GBASE-ER4 and ITU-T G.959.1 OTU4) for 40km
  • 5.3.3.1: CWDM SFP 1G 80km Transceiver
  • 5.3.3.2: Typical Intra-Office Interconnections
  • 5.3.3.3: 1-Port OC-768c/STM-256c Tunable WDMPOS Interface Module
  • 5.3.5.1: 40 to 60Gbps Silicon-Based Optical Modulator
  • 5.3.5.2: Integrated silicon optical transceiver for large-volume data transmission
  • 6.1.1: ElectroniCast Market Research & Forecasting Methodology

List of Tables

  • 1.1.1: Global Forecast of Collimator Lens Assemblies, by Product Functional Use ($, Million)
  • 1.1.2: ElectroniCast Market Forecast Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assembly, by Fiber-Count (Type)
  • 1.1.3: Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies Global Forecast, by Lens Count Type ($ Million)
  • 1.2.1: OM3- and OM4-Specified Distances for Ethernet
  • 1.2.2: 40G/100G - Physical Layer Specifications
  • 1.2.3: Internet Service Providers in Canada
  • 1.2.4: Licensed Local Fixed Carriers in Hong Kong
  • 1.2.5: Research Institutions in Gwangju
  • 1.7.1: Hierarchy of Selected PWC-Based Modules
  • 2.1.1: Global Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies Consumption, by Region ($, Million)
  • 2.1.2:: Global Collimator Lens Assemblies Consumption, by Region (Quantity Basis, K)
  • 2.1.3: ElectroniCast's Market Forecast Fiber Optic Collimator Product Category List
  • 2.1.4: Collimator Lens Assemblies Global Consumption, by Lens Count ($ Million)
  • 2.1.5: Collimator Lens Assemblies Global Consumption, by Lens Count (Quantity Basis, K)
  • 2.1.6: Global Forecast of Single (1) Lens Collimator Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.1.7: Global Forecast of Array 2-12 Lens Collimator Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.1.8: Global Forecast of Array (> 12) Lens Collimator Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.2.1: American Forecast of Collimator Lens, by Product Functional Use ($, Million)
  • 2.2.2: Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies American Forecast, by Lens Count ($ Million)
  • 2.2.3: Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies American Forecast, by Lens Count (Quantity Basis, K)
  • 2.2.4: American Forecast of Single (1) Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.2.5: American Forecast of Array 2-12 Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.2.6: American Forecast of Array (> 12) Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.3.1: EMEA Forecast of Collimator Lens, by Product Functional Use ($, Million)
  • 2.3.2: Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies EMEA Forecast, by Lens Count ($ Million)
  • 2.3.3: Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies EMEA Forecast, by Lens Count (Quantity Basis, K)
  • 2.3.4: EMEA Forecast of Single (1) Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.3.5: EMEA Forecast of Array 2-12 Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.3.6: EMEA Forecast of Array (> 12) Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.4.1: APAC Forecast of Collimator Lens, by Product Functional Use ($, Million)
  • 2.4.2: Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies APAC Forecast, by Lens Count ($ Million)
  • 2.4.3: Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assemblies APAC Forecast, by Lens Count (Quantity Basis, K)
  • 2.4.4: APAC Forecast of Single (1) Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.4.5: APAC Forecast of Array 2-12 Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 2.4.6: APAC Forecast of Array (> 12) Lens Assemblies, by Product Function ($ Million)
  • 4.1.1: Specifications for Single Fiber PM Collimator
  • 4.1.2: Collimator Products Provided
  • 4.3.1: Fiber Optic Communication Collimator Assemblies Worldwide Competitor Market Share (2014)
  • 8.1: ElectroniCast Market Forecast Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assembly, by Fiber Count (Type)
  • 8.2: ElectroniCast Market Forecast Fiber Optic Collimator Lens Assembly, by End-User Product
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