Optical Interconnects and AOCs for Consumer Electronics: A Market Analysis


CIR believes that there is an emerging opportunity for optical interconnects in the consumer electronics space, driven by the latest need for bandwidth from ultra-high definition TV (UHDTV), the Internet of things and soon from virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). In this report CIR considers the data rate needs of today’s consumer electronics and identifies where optical interconnects are already required in consumer electronics and where they will be required in future. This report contains a ten-year volume and value forecast of data links, transceivers and other non-display optical interfaces that CIR believes will be required for consumer-oriented optical interconnects, along with a discussion/roadmap as to where we believe the latest copper interconnects and standard interfaces (USB varieties and Thunderbolt, for example) will need to be supplemented with fiber. Among the systems that this report analyzes with regard to their need for optical interconnects are televisions, personal computers, other displays, cameras and game consoles. In carrying out our analysis we are particularly interested in understanding the prices, marketing messages and supply chain considerations that will bring optics in mass consumer markets. We will also consider the involvement of consumer electronics retailers and leading consumer electronics companies in these new optical interconnect markets.

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