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Strong Growth Projected for Silicon Photonics Market

Photonics.com
Apr 2011
DALLAS, April 27, 2011 — The silicon photonics market is expected to reach a value of the $2.02 billion by 2015, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate of 78.2 percent, according to the report Global Silicon Photonics Market (2010-2015), published by MarketsandMarkets.

Highlights of the market report include the following: 
    
    • Silicon photonics technology is gaining ground as a low-cost alternative for addressing the speed and bulk data transfer challenges faced by microelectronics. The market is in its infancy and is expected to be commercialized by 2016. 
   
     • In 2010, the wavelength division multiplex filters contributed $35,212 to the global silicon photonics market, mainly because of early commercialization and extensive usage in optical switches and transceiver devices. 
  
      • The silicon photonics LED market is expected to experience the relatively high compound annual growth rate of 87.6 percent from 2010 to 2015 because of an increasing need for an efficient light source in small-distance communication networks. 
   
     • At present, North America dominates the silicon photonics market, having generated $59,667 in 2010. The worth of the market in the region is projected to reach $849,587 in 2015 with a compound annual growth rate from 2010 to 2015 of 70.1 percent. 
    
    • Major players in the global silicon photonics market include Kotura, Lightwire, Luxtera and Chiral Photonics, all US companies.

The report analyzes the global silicon photonics markets based on the following categories:

Products: silicon photonic waveguides, silicon optical modulators, silicon optical interconnects, silicon LEDs, silicon photodetectors and others

Product devices: 0ptical switches, transceivers, ICs, sensors, solar cells and others

Geographical areas: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and elsewhere.

Applications: telecommunications, information processing, displays, sensing, metrology, medicine, consumer electronics and others.

In addition to market sizes and forecasts, the report also provides a detailed analysis of the market trends and factors influencing market growth.

For additional information, visit: www.marketsandmarkets.com  


GLOSSARY
metrology
The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
sensor
1. A generic term for detector. 2. A complete optical/mechanical/electronic system that contains some form of radiation detector.
transceiver
An instrument or system capable of both transmitting and receiving a signal.
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