CIR reports provide insight into the emerging opportunities in short-reach optical communications. Covering products, pricing, standards, new technologies and more, our reports are intended as an essential guide to input into marketing and business strategies.

PUBLISHED Jan 15, 2018
Report # CIR-ONO-CRAN-1217

This report explores the commercial potential of C-RAN (Cloud or Centralized Radio Access Network), the principal emerging architecture for distributed radio access networks (RANs) used in mobile phone networks.  CIR believes that C-RANs will become essential for 5G mobile networks where they will contribute to both cost reduction and performance improvement.  Not only is the.....

PUBLISHED Jan 08, 2018
Report # CIR-ONO-AOCS-0118

CIR has been publishing a report on the latest opportunities in the Active Optical Cabling (AOC) space for almost a decade.  In our 2018 AOC report CIR projects the future of the AOC market, focusing on how AOCs are adapting to current technical and market trends.  The report is particularly concerned with how AOCs and.....

PUBLISHED Oct 11, 2017
Report # CIR-ONO-PONS-0917

CIR believes that we are now on the verge of rapid growth in the PON market brought on by new applications and by growing international demand.  Meanwhile, this new “PON revolution” is being enabled by powerful new PON technologies especially XGS-PON and NG-PON. This report identifies the emerging opportunities for the passive optical network (PON).....

PUBLISHED Jul 05, 2017
Report # CIR-EOM-COBO-0517

Join us Wednesday, August 9th at 1:00 PM (EDT) for a Q&A Session CIR believes embedded optics is creating a major business opportunity for optical components, modules and communications chips companies. Embedded optics has been available as a niche technology for many years, but the recent success of the Consortium for on-Board Optics (COBO) has.....

PUBLISHED Jul 01, 2017
Report # CIR-ONO-5G-0717

See our upcoming report, “Current and Future Markets for PON, the Evolution to PON 3.0 Technology 2017-2026“ 5th Generation wireless systems (5G) are what’s next in the personal mobile communications space and they will eventually replace the currently ubiquitous 4G systems.  The key characteristics of 5G is higher capacity and lower latency which will (1) support.....

PUBLISHED Apr 07, 2017
Report # CIR-OP-AOC-CEPVA-0317

This report provides a ten-year roadmap and competitive analysis of the emerging market for optical connectivity products for consumer electronics applications and closely related video applications. Until recently optical communications in the home was limited to niches for audiophiles and videophiles.  However, new applications such as virtual reality and home networking are creating high volume.....

PUBLISHED Jan 05, 2017
Report # CIR-OI-CBEB-2017

The deluge of data from streaming UHDTV video, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and especially cloud services has finally created a need for circuit board-level optical interconnects as well as for optical backplanes. In the future, CIR believes that other novel services – such as those related to virtual reality and telepresence – will put even more.....

PUBLISHED Dec 05, 2016
Report # CIR-AOC-2017

This report provides a ten-year forecast/competitive analysis of the AOC market, which CIR has been covering for a decade. New in this report, is discussion of changes occurring as western AOC suppliers merge and Chinese suppliers emerge.  Also forecasts of AOC markets in personal computing and consumer electronics resulting from the recent Thunderbolt improvements. Applications.....

PUBLISHED Oct 20, 2015
Report # CIR-AOC-V1-1015

This past year has been a good one for Active Optical Cables (AOCs) as data centers and HPC facilities upgrade to 100G and high-speed IB connectivity.  We are also seeing the number of all-optical data centers creep up, with AOCs providing a useful path to the all-optical environment. Meanwhile Ethernet AOCs continue to be the.....

PUBLISHED Jan 01, 2015
Report # CIR-OI-MCC-0115

The so-called “interconnect bottleneck is creating opportunities for optical device and cable makers or all kinds. Process scaling, power consumption and operating frequency have all need to move away from metal interconnects and into the optical realm.  This need is increasing with each new node; in high performance processors with metal tracks, clock distribution alone.....

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