SAN MATEO, Calif., April 26 -- According to a new ElectroniCast global market forecast, internal optical interconnect subsystems consumed $81.7 million of fiber optic components in 2000. The global consumption value will increase to $896 million in 2005, and $6.91 billion in 2010, the forecast said. These components will support internal optical interconnect subsystem growth from $427.6 million in 2000 to $13.8 billion in 2010. Optical signal interconnection has been used inside electronic equipment in both enclosures and between enclosures of multienclosure equipment over the past decade with steadily expanding volume. "Until about 1993, this remained too small in value to be of significant interest to major component suppliers," said Jeff D. Montgomery, founder and chairman of ElectroniCast. "Strong growth in these component markets was achieved over the 1993-2000 span. Several technical and economic factors, however, have now come together to drive acceleration of growth of the internal optical interconnect components and subsystems markets." The global optical interconnect subsystem consumption in 2000 was $428 million; this will increase to more than $13.8 billion in 2010, the forecast said. The full press release can be viewed at www.electronicast.com.