SOURCE: LightCounting


December 29, 2015 09:00 ET

Optical Interconnects Ready for Blast-Off; Revenues Will Near $800 Million by 2021

LightCounting Releases Combined Edition of Refreshed Active Optical Cable and Embedded Optical Modules Reports

EUGENE, OR--(Marketwired - December 29, 2015) - Optical interconnects have long served as data bridges between elements of large systems or clusters, and they've taken many forms. Since 2000, embedded optical modules (EOMs) have supported supercomputers, core routers, and an array of other interesting and unique applications. Active optical cables (AOCs) arrived in 2007 as a practical, low-cost alternative to regular pluggable modules, and found a home primarily in high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. The market for AOCs and EOMs has really been a collection of niches, which has made it lumpy and large-order sensitive. For example, combined market revenues fell 17% in 2013, and then recovered by the same percentage in 2014. With such a lumpy and variable past, what does the future hold?

LightCounting thinks the future for both AOCs and EOMs is bright, with the next two years marking a real departure from the past. We predict that the combined market will grow 48% to $262 million in 2015 and will go on to approach $850 by 2021. What is driving this change?

For makers of AOCs and EOMs, these markets are a complex mix of product configurations and applications. LightCounting's newly-combined 218-page AOC-EOM Report and Forecast sorts it all out and explains what's happening and why. Seventeen categories of products are individually tracked, forecasted and mapped into five application segments: HPC, core routing, data center, optical backplanes and other applications. 

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