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Chromatic Dispersion Compensation Filter Modules: Global Market Forecast

This report presents ElectroniCast's 2014-2019 market review and forecast of the consumption (value, quantity and average prices) of fiber optic chromatic dispersion compensators filter modules (DCMs) in optical communication networking; also market forecast data of the worldwide value of EDCs, DCF and DCMs is provided. Currently, the packaged filter devices (modules) are typically comprised having FBGs (Fiber Bragg Gratings) or etalon-based elements.

In this ElectroniCast market study report, we present forecasts and analysis for the following product areas:

  • Fixed (continuous) Chromatic Dispersion Compensation Filter Modules (DCMs)
  • Tunable Chromatic Dispersion Compensation Filter Modules (DCMs)

The market data are segmented into the following geographic regions, plus a Global summary:

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

Brief Overview

ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market research & technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber optics communications industry, announces the release of a new market forecast and analysis of the global market consumption and technology trends of filter-based chromatic dispersion compensator modules (DCMs), which are used in optical communication networks. Chromatic dispersion (CD) is due to an inherent property of silica optical fiber, which must be canceled for effective optical fiber communication.

Network planners are expecting to use the combination of improved fixed-type (plug-in, and in-line jumper-types) CD compensation and tunable per-channel compensators, especially when concerned with adding more channels (WDM), footprint size of the DCM and higher transfer rates, 2.5-, 10-, 40-Gbps and beyond. As optical networks move towards higher line rates and greater re-configurability, the requirements for more flexible dispersion management solutions become more stringent than ever.

There are three common device techniques to deal with chromatic dispersion in optical communication (fiber optic) networks-the use of dispersion-compensating fiber (DCF); the use of chromatic dispersion-compensating filter modules (DCMs); and electronic dispersion chips (EDCs) and photonic-based chips. Also, it is important to note that EDC can be used in conjunction with photonic-based solutions.

Fixed compensation solutions are designed for specific fiber types in both the C- and L-Bands. Tunable dispersion compensation can eliminate any residual dispersion for error-free transmission at sensitive higher data rates.

The American region currently leads in filter-based chromatic DCM consumption with an estimated $100 million in 2014. The American region is forecast to have its fair share of new higher data rate and WDM-based optical link deployment; however, the use of filter-based DCMs in the Asia Pacific region (APAC) is forecast to increase in value over the American region for the next few years. The EMEA region is forecast to deploy or upgrade relatively fewer extended or long haul and high data rate/high channel-count optical networking links, which provide an opportunity for tunable DCMs.

Director of Study

Stephen Montgomery, MBA in Technology Management, President at ElectroniCast Consultants. He joined ElectroniCast in 1990 and has specialized in photonics and fiber optic components market & technology forecasting at ElectroniCast for over 24-years. He has given numerous presentations and published a number of articles on optical communication markets, technology, applications and installations. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of LIGHTWAVE magazine (PennWell Publishing) and writes a monthly article covering the optical communication industry for OPTCOM Magazine in Japan (Kogyo Tsushin Co., Ltd.).

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

  • 1.1. Chromatic Dispersion Compensation Filter Modules and Vendor Overview
  • 1.2. Fiber Optic Networks - Overview

2. Global Market Forecast: Filter-Based DCMs

3. Chromatic Dispersion Compensation - Vendor and Technology Analysis

4. Optical Communication Trends

  • 4.1. Fiber Network Technology Trends
  • 4.2. Components
    • 4.2.1. Overview
    • 4.2.2. Transmitters and Receivers
    • 4.2.3. Optical Amplifiers
    • 4.2.4. Dispersion Compensators
    • 4.2.5. Fiber Cable
  • 4.3. Devices and Parts
    • 4.3.1. Overview
    • 4.3.2. Emitters and Detectors
    • 4.3.3. VCSEL & Transceiver Technology Review
    • 4.3.4. Optoelectronic Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs)
    • 4.3.5. Modulators
    • 4.3.6. Packages
    • 4.3.7. Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits

5. Market Research Methodology

  • 5.1. Research and Analysis Methodology
  • 5.2. Assumptions of the Global Market Forecast

6. Definitions: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and General Terms

7. Market Forecast Data Base

  • 7.1. Overview
  • 7.2. Tutorial

Market Forecast Data Base - Excel Spreadsheets:

  • Global Summary
  • America
  • EMEA
  • APAC

Market Forecast Data Figures - Power Point

List of Figures

  • 1.1.1: Filter Based DCM Global Forecast, By Region (Value Basis, $ Million)
  • 1.1.2: Filter Based DCM Global Forecast, By Type (Value Basis, $ Million)
  • 1.1.3: Filter Based DCM Global Forecast, By Type (Quantity Basis, Units/Million)
  • 1.1.4: Filter Based DCM Global Forecast, By Type (Avg. Price/ASP, $ Each)
  • 1.1.5: DCF vs. Filter-Based vs. EDC-Based Global Forecast ($ Million)
  • 1.1.6: MLSE (Maximum-Likelihood Sequence Estimation)
  • 1.1.7: Chirped Fiber Grating Chromatic Dispersion Control Method
  • 1.1.8: Singlemode Fiber Dispersion Characteristics
  • 1.2.1: FTTP PON Architecture
  • 1.2.2:: Basic 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: KDDI Data Centers in Japan
  • 1.2.7: NTT Data Centers in Asia
  • 1.2.8: Distributed Continuous Fiber Optic Sensor System Components
  • 2.1: Filter-Based DCM Global Consumption Value Forecast, by Type (Percent, %)
  • 3.1: Attenuation Curve of Typical Singlemode Fiber
  • 3.2: Future Fiber Data
  • 3.3: Singlemode Fiber Dispersion Characteristics
  • 3.4: Fiber Bragg Writing System
  • 3.5: FBG Based Single Channel Tunable Dispersion Compensator
  • 3.6: Etalon Dispersion Compensator
  • 3.7: Different Multiplexing Examples
  • 3.8: Adaptive Network Configuration Technology
  • 3.9: Patch Cord Dispersion Compensation Module
  • 4.3.3.1: Genealogy of VCSELs
  • 4.3.3.2: CWDM SFP 1G 80km Transceiver
  • 4.3.3.3: Typical Intra-Office Interconnections
  • 4.3.3.4: 1-Port OC-768c/STM-256c Tunable WDMPOS Interface Module
  • 4.3.5.1: 40 to 60Gbps Silicon-Based Optical Modulator
  • 4.3.5.2: Integrated silicon optical transceiver for large-volume data transmission
  • 4.3.7.1: Trend of Transceiver Packaging Density, Gigabits/Cubic Inch
  • 5.1.1: Market Research & Forecasting Methodology

List of Tables

  • 1.1.1: Filter-Based DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region ($ Million)
  • 1.2.1: OM3- and OM4-Specified Distances for Ethernet
  • 1.2.2: Physical Layer Specifications
  • 1.2.3: Internet Service Providers in Canada
  • 1.2.4: Research Institutions
  • 2.1: Filter-Based DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region ($ Million)
  • 2.2: Filter-Based DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region (Quantity Basis)
  • 2.3: Filter-Based DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region (Avg Prices, $ Each)
  • 2.4: Filter-Based/Fixed DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region ($ Million)
  • 2.5: Filter-Based/Fixed DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region (Quantity)
  • 2.6: Filter-Based/Fixed DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region (Avg Prices)
  • 2.7: Filter-Based/Tunable DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region ($ Million)
  • 2.8: Filter-Based/Tunable DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region (Quantity)
  • 2.9: Filter-Based/Tunable DCM Global Consumption Market Forecast, By Region (Prices)
  • 3.1: Selected Dispersion Management Solutions, By Competitor
  • 3.2: FBG Tunable Dispersion Compensator Optical Performance Characteristics
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