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Intra-System Optical Interconnects (Embedded Optical Modules - Market Forecast & Report)

This report examines the product segment that embeds optical interconnect technologies inside computer and communication systems. As data rates continue to ramp, signal losses increase to the point that the effective reach of copper cabling and PCB traces on circuit boards shrinks considerably. Intra-system optical interconnects started at 2.5Gbps more than a decade ago and grew slowly to 10Gbps interconnect fabrics, enabling massively-scalable multi-chassis systems from supercomputers to core routers. Proprietary interconnects are now supported by embedded optical modules and MSA-based active optical cables and transceivers, such as CXP and CDFP.

At 25Gbps and beyond, the amount of signal compensating electronics needed is growing along with cost and power consumption. When speed, reach, interconnect density and power limitations align to exceed the limits of copper, intra-system optical interconnects are ready to support the next generations of system equipment.

This is an update of the Embedded Optical Modules Report published in May of 2012, and incorporates new information from numerous interviews across the supply chain and consumption side of the industry.

Table of Contents


What are Intra---System Optical Interconnects?

Report Objective

Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Intra---System Optical Interconnects - Still a Developing Business

  • What Is An Embedded Optical Module?
  • Active Optical Cables & Pluggable Transceivers can also be "Intra---System Optical Interconnects"
  • Market Interest in Optical Interconnects renewed in 2014
  • What Problems Do EOMs Address?
  • How Will Optical Interconnects/EOMs be Used?
  • Companies Look to HPC Architectures to Solve Traditional Data Center Issues
  • EOMs Are Not New
  • EOM Product Evolution
  • EOM Market Development
  • Electrical Interfaces for Optical Interconnects
  • What Happens Next at 40G and 50/56G?
  • EOM Technical Dynamics

Chapter 2: Optical Interconnect Applications & Markets

  • Introduction
  • High Performance Computers and Storage Systems
  • Core Routing Systems
  • Datacenter Switching
  • High---performance Servers / Disaggregated Rack Systems
  • Optical Backplanes
  • Military Applications
  • Industrial, Professional, Commercial and Consumer

Chapter 3: Products

  • EOM Product Issues
  • Transceivers and Active Optical Cables for Intra---System Optical Interconnects

Chapter 4: Intra---System Optical Interconnect Vendors

  • Advanced Photonics, Inc. / Sony
  • Avago Technologies
  • FCI
  • Finisar
  • Fujitsu Optical Components
  • GigaLight
  • HIROSE Electric Co. Ltd.
  • Hitachi Cable
  • Molex/Luxtera
  • Optech
  • Reflex Photonics
  • Samtec
  • TE Connectivity
  • Ultra Communications, Inc.

Chapter 5: Forecast and Analysis

  • Application Segments
  • Revenue Forecast and Analysis
  • Unit Shipment Forecast and Analysis
  • Pricing Forecast and Analysis
  • Forecast by Applications
  • Conclusion
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