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Aptos, CA, United States, 2013/06/18 - According to ElectroniCast, in 2013, Filter-based DCMs will capture the market share lead over Fiber-based modules for the first-time ever - ElectroniCastConsultants.com.
ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market research & technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber optics communications industry, today announced the release of a new forecast and analysis of the global consumption and technology trends of filter-based chromatic dispersion compensator modules (DCMs). Chromatic dispersion (CD) is due to an inherent property of silica optical fiber, which must be canceled for effective optical fiber communication.
The American region, with its fair share of new higher data rate and WDM-based optical link deployment, led in filter-based DCM consumption in 2012; however, the use of filter-based DCMs in the Asia Pacific region (APAC) is forecast for much faster growth and eventually taking-over the lead in relative market share. The EMEA region is also forecast with faster annual consumption value growth versus the American region.
This study report presents the consultant firm’s 2012-2017 market review and forecast of the consumption (value, quantity and average prices) of filter-based chromatic dispersion compensation modules in optical communication networking; also forecast data of the worldwide consumption value of electronic dispersion chips (EDC) solutions and dispersion-compensating fiber (DCF) modular solutions are provided.
Packaged filter devices (modules) are typically comprised having FBGs (Fiber Bragg Gratings) or etalon-based elements. In this study report, an forecasts and analysis for the following product areas are provided:
• Fixed Chromatic Dispersion Compensator Filter Modules
• Tunable Chromatic Dispersion Compensator Filter Modules
According to ElectroniCast (electronicast.com), there is a substantial difference in average selling prices (ASPs) between fixed- and tunable-type DCMs. The Tunable DCMs tend to increase in channel capacity and capability at the rate of demand; therefore, the ASPs (average selling prices) for the Tunable DCMs are forecast to increase periodically.
There are three common device techniques to deal with chromatic dispersion in optical networks, which are studied by ElectroniCast:
• Dispersion-compensating fiber (DCF)
• Chromatic dispersion-compensating filter modules, such as Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) or etalon-based
• Chips: Electronic dispersion chips (EDC) and Photonic
“Last year (2012), Dispersion Compensating Fiber modular devices (DCF) represented 49 percent of the relative global market share. In 2013, Chromatic dispersion-compensating filter modules are positioned to capture the leadership role in relative market share for the first-time, as the need for tunable (variable) and dynamic/integrated devices drive to market,” said Stephen Montgomery, Director of the Fiber Optics Component Group at ElectroniCast.
“Also, it is important to note that EDC can be used in conjunction with photonic-based solutions. EDC and Photonic or optical integrated circuits/chips (PICs or optical chip dispersion compensators ODCs) are forecast for rapid market growth in certain applications,” Montgomery added. According to the study results, chip solutions have a relatively low target unit/price; however, the chip solution’s market share is forecast to increase substantially by 2017.