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Active Optical Cables: Market Forecasts: 2020 to 2024

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  • May 2020
  • Region: Global
  • CIR
  • ID: 5025075

In the latest report, on Active Optical Cable (AOC) market forecasts and market analysis, the analyst discusses the new world of hyperscale data centers, 200/400G transmission, embedded optics, and likely retreats from manufacturing AOCs in China:

  • The analyst has been providing coverage of the market for active optical cable (AOC) in the data center market longer than any other established industry analysis firm and has issued analysis and market forecasts of AOCs dating back well over ten years. This report builds on this experience but provides a completely new assessment of the market opportunities in the data center
  • This report examines whether AOCs can ever find permanent and substantial markets beyond the data center - for example in high-performance computing, personal computing, the military, and telecommunications.
  • The analyst also discusses whether video/consumer AOCs can ever grow beyond niche status. A substantial market for video AOCs has been predicted for many years but has never taken off commercially. In a world in which video traffic dominates the network, will video AOCs finally find their market?
  • For almost as long as the analyst has been covering AOCs and transceivers, these products were dominated by Chinese manufacturers. However, current geopolitical events seem certain to disrupt this situation. 

In addition, the textual analysis of this report is also shipped with a spreadsheet containing five-year forecasts in volume and value terms.  These forecasts include breakouts by cable length, data rate, MSA, type of fiber, etc.

Who should read this report?

Whether you are an optical component manufacturer, optical equipment manufacturer, large end-user, or investor, you will gain valuable insights from this in-depth research.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction and Background to Report
1.1 AOC Markets: The Story So Far
1.1.1 Methodology of this Report
1.2 Active Optical Cables: The Value Proposition
1.3 The Coming Data Rate and Supply Chain Crisis: Thoughts on Co-packaged Optics and Chinese Suppliers
1.3.1 The Slow March to Co-packaged Optics
1.3.2 The China Syndrome: The Future of China in the AOC Sector
1.4 Desperately Seeking Competitive Advantage
1.5 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Two: AOC Technology Innovations
2.1 Competitive Products for AOCs:  DACs and Transceiver Pairs
2.1.1 AOCs versus Transceivers
2.1.2 AOCs versus DACs
2.2 Significant Future Technical Trends in AOCs
2.2.1 AOCs and the 25G “Revolution”
2.2.2 200G and 400G Transceivers
2.3 AOCs, On-board Optics and Co-Packaged Optics
2.3.1 On-board Optics
2.3.2 Co-packaged Optics
2.3.3 How Do AOCs Survive Beyond Pluggables?
2.4 Data and the Single-mode AOCs
2.5 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Three: AOCs in the Data Center
3.1 Markets for AOCs in the Data Center
3.2 InfiniBand Usage
3.3 AOCs in the Ethernet Environment
3.3.1 The Fate of 1G, 10G and 40G AOCs
3.3.2 Transition to 100G AOCs in the Data Center
3.3.3 How do 25G AOCs Fit in to the Data Center Market
3.4 The Future of 200/400 AOCs in the Data Center
3.4.1 400G DACs and AOCs
3.5 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Four: Other Applications for AOCs
4.1 AOCs Outside of the Data Center
4.2 Markets and Drivers for Video AOCs
4.2.1 Non-Data Center AOC Supply Chain
4.3 Video AOCs: Bars, Restaurants
4.4 Video: Digital Signage and AOCs
4.4.1 Digital Signage Networks and the Role of AOCs
4.5 Optical Extenders for the Home
4.6 Professional Video
4.7 AOCs for Military and Industrial Applications
4.8 Thoughts on AOCs in the Public Network Environment and Longer Haul Applications
4.8.1 Switching Centers and Headends
4.8.2 Using AOCs for Longer Haul Applications
4.9 AOCs and Computing
4.9.1 External Computer Connections Using AOCs
4.9.2 Internal PC Connections Using AOCs
4.10 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Five: AOCs: Evolving Supply Chains
5.1 Existing Supply Chain for AOCs
5.2 Manufacturing: It All Begins in China
5.2.1 The Chinese Domestic Market
5.2.2 10Gtek
5.2.3 Gigalight
5.2.4 Hisense Broadband
5.2.5 InnoLight Technology
5.3 Role of the OEMs in Distribution of AOCs
5.3.1 Smaller Data Centers as a Market for AOCs: OEM Savvy
5.3.2 Larger Data Centers as a Market for AOCs: Operational Concerns
5.3.3 Cisco
5.3.4 Intel
5.3.5 Mellanox
5.4 Branded Connectivity Suppliers
5.4.1 II-VI (Finisar)
5.4.2 Amphenol ICC
5.4.3 Broadcom
5.4.4 Cosemi Technologies
5.4.5 EverPro Technologies
5.4.6 Molex
5.4.7 Samtec
5.4.8 The Siemon Company
5.4.9 Sumitomo Electric Industries
5.5 Retailers, Wholesalers and Online Stores for AOCs
5.5.1 Notes on Online Stores
5.6 “Third-Party” Suppliers
5.6.1 Pricing Differentials at Third-Party Suppliers
5.6.2 How these Price Differentials are Achieved
5.7 Regional Markets and Supply Chains
5.7.1 Non-China APAC
5.7.2 Europe
5.7.3 Middle East and Africa
5.7.4 AOC Markets in Israel
5.8 Key Points from this Chapter
About the AuthorAcronyms and Abbreviations Used in this Report
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1-1: Six New Factors Shaping the Need for AOCs
Exhibit 2-1: AOCs and their Competitors
Exhibit 2-2: Market Advantages of AOCs
Exhibit 2-3: Expected Evolution of AOCs to 2025
Exhibit 3-1: AOCs and their Competitors in the Data Center
Exhibit 4-1: Key Video Connector Types Used in Video AOCs
Exhibit 4-2: Reasons for Using AOCs in Selected Video Markets
Exhibit 4-3: Professional Video Applications for AOCs
Exhibit 5-1: Online Stores Selling AOCs
Exhibit 5-2: Selected Comparative Pricing of Optical Transceivers
Exhibit 5-3: Pricing of 100G SR Transceivers by Selected Suppliers



Companies Mentioned

  • 10Gtek
  • Amphenol ICC
  • Broadcom
  • Cisco
  • Cosemi Technologies
  • EverPro Technologies
  • Gigalight
  • Hisense Broadband
  • II-VI (Finisar)
  • InnoLight Technology
  • Intel
  • Mellanox
  • Molex
  • Samtec
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries
  • The Siemon Company