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LightCounting Analyzes New Opto-electronic Technologies Needed To Meet Bandwidth Demand Over The Next Decade

EUGENE, Oregon – (May 4, 2009)

LightCounting's first Technology Review Report examines the key trends driving optical transceiver use, led by the huge growth in Internet traffic. The report also provides a comprehensive review of the core technologies needed to meet the continual requirement for faster, lower power and more compact transceivers at all points in the network. These technologies include the increasing role of electronics alongside optics, photonic integration based on traditional and newer silicon photonics techniques, parallel optics and advanced modulation schemes. Indeed advanced modulation for 40-Gbps and higher optical transmission speeds is the single most important transponder development since the advent of dense wavelength division multiplexing.

The report also addresses manufacturing issues. Manufacturing is a key differentiator for transceiver firms, especially as the economic downturn forces companies to fight on the basis of price as well as technical advances, and when barriers to entry in the transceiver industry remain low.

“A trying economic climate can now be added to the technology challenges facing the transceiver industry,” says Roy Rubenstein, Director of Research at LightCounting. “But for those players that master the technology to meet the demand for smaller, faster, lower-power transceivers, and that make them efficiently, there is a real opportunity, especially when data traffic shows no sign of slowing."
LightCounting’s findings include how electronics will play an increasingly important role within the optical industry and how the industry will remain cautious in its use of photonic integration, despite its growing prospects. The LightCounting Technology Review also provides market driver analysis of high-speed optical transmission trends, next-generation optical access including WDM-PON, as well as datacom developments such as the battle between copper and optics, unified switch fabric, and the continuing rise of active optical cables. Additionally, the Review assesses optical transceiver product and transceiver form-factor trends as well as provides an analysis of the technology options driving transceiver development.

Operators, enterprise switch makers, telecom system vendors, transceiver vendors and photonic integration specialist firms were all interviewed for the Review. LightCounting’s understanding of the optical transceiver market, its technology know-how, and the confidential market data the world’s top transceiver players have shared with the company for the last half-dozen years, were used in the Review's analysis.


About LightCounting

LightCounting is the premier opto-electronic transceiver market research company, offering transceiver market survey results and forecasts based on confidential and detailed data provided by more than 25 leading transceiver vendors. LightCounting’s reports enable business executives, engineering, manufacturing, and sales/marketing professionals to plan business strategies using objective market information rather than speculative assumptions. Providing Semiannual Transceiver Sales Reports and Market Forecast Updates with Annual State of the Industry Reports, Technology Reviews and Tradeshow Reports, LightCounting is the optical transceiver market’s information source.

Privately held, LightCounting is headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, with additional offices in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit the Company’s website or call 408.962.4851.

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