100 Gigabit Ethernet optical transceiver market set for growth
Globally, 10G, 40G, and 100G optical transceiver revenues totaled $1.9 billion in 2016, up 18% from 2015, and are expected
to grow a further 10% to reach $2.1 billion for full-year 2014, according to the latest report from Infonetics Research.
In the first half of 2014 (1H14), 10G, 40G and 100G transceiver revenues grew 11% from the same period a year ago,
according to the report. This increase is due almost entirely to the increase in shipments of 100G WDM and 40G QSFP+ modules,
the market research firm says. However, the long-anticipated ramp of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) optical modules may be at hand.
"Major growth in the data center for 100 Gigabit Ethernet is on the horizon due to new silicon entering the market and lower-cost
QSFP28 optics, including SR4 and much cheaper 2-km LR4 optics," said Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for carrier
transport networking at Infonetics Research. "Interest in 25GbE is also building momentum for a jump in these formats.
"In the telecom world, the market for 100G coherent equipment is controlled by five vendors â€“ Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco,
Huawei, and Infinera â€“ who are vertically integrated, and this is preventing an incursion by standalone component vendors,"
he added. Infonetics forecasts the coherent WDM market to double in 2014.
Meanwhile, volumes in the metro 100G market are expected to ramp in a year and, according to service providers, this will be led
by data center and Internet content providers, Schmitt notes.
Interest in 100G data center network optics is accelerating, but has yet to be turbocharged by widespread data center deployment
in the way 40G QSFP optics have been.
Shipments of 40GbE QSFP optics in 1H14 were lower than anticipated due to softer demand from Internet content providers,
whose needs remain unpredictable, the market research firm says. Even so, growth in 40G data center interfaces is now
affecting 10G volumes, as QSFP+-based interfaces used for high-density 10G start encroaching; growth in the 10G datacom
segment is expected to slow down as a result starting this year, the firm suggests.
Infonetics' "10G/40G/100G Optical Transceivers" report tracks in granular detail 10G, 40G, and 100G optical transceivers sold
into the optical transport, enterprise, data center, and carrier routing, and switching markets. It provides worldwide market size,
forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for manufacturer revenue, units shipped, and ARPU. The report analyzes the optical
transceiver market by module speed, reach, wavelength, and form factor. Unit volume forecasts are based on Infonetics'
1G/10G/40G/100G Networking Ports forecast, which aggregates trends from a wide range of enterprise, data center,
optical transport, and carrier routing and switching equipment.
Rapid Progression for Global 100G Optical Transceivers 2017-2021
In recent years, with the growing demand for reliable and high-speed mobile communication, optical transceivers are progressively being used for the communication network setup. In addition, the rising deployment of 100G transceivers forhigh-speed networks is one of the prime factors contributing to high demand for optical transceivers. As per a recent researchstudy titled “Global 100G Optical Transceivers Market,” owing to some various prime factors, the global market is anticipatedto grow at a strong rate by the end of 2021. This latest study has been lately broadcasted to the wide database of Market Research Hub (MRH), which offers athorough analysis of the global market, together with analysis of market size by value, volume, growth, segments etc.
For Ethernet systems, optical transceivers serve a necessary role in conveying information across communication channels andbecame a preferred choice because they offer higher bandwidth over long distance; and most importantly provides data security.
An optical transceiver completes theoperation of transmission by converting the electrical signal in light pulse and vice versa at the receiving end through the use of optical fibers.
In the initial section, the report introduces the overview of 100G optical transceivers and analyzes the market by value anddifferent segments. Nowadays, the optical transceivers are available at different rates such as 10G, 40G and 100G. As standards transform, so does the technology that utilizes these standards, creating for faster, smaller transceivers for networks to utilize
in sending information. Among these, optical transceivers operating on 100G offer the most effective data transmission.
Moreover, the global market can be segmented on the basis of form factor, technical application and network reach.On the basis of technical application, it has been categorized into data communication and telecommunication. On the basis of end-use, it covers Long haul, Metro, Inter-data center.
At present market, the 100G optical transceiver module on the basis of form factor include CXP, CFP, XFP, SFF, SFP and QSFP. Among them, QSFP demonstrates its great superiority and will lead to denser optics and further price reductions.
Moving further, competitive landscape section is represented. In this section, different companies in the global 100G optical transceivers market have been compared according to their revenue and market capitalization. Additionally, the report also provides business overview, financial overview and the business strategies of the companies.
Origin of Fiber Optic Transceiver Module
The fiber optic transceiver module is one of the connection modules, which realizes the conversion between the optical signal and the electrical signal. The fiber optic transceiver module is mainly composed by optoelectronic devices, functional circuitry and optical interface, in which the optoelectronic devices includes transmitting and receiving two parts.
The fiber optical module was first produced in 1999; and the earliest fiber optical module is 1X9 package with SC connector, directly solidified in the communications equipment on the circuit board, as a fixed optical modules.
After that, 1X9 optical modules are gradually toward miniaturization, hot-swappable direction. Optical module products began to be divided into two aspects of development, one is hot-pluggable optical module GBIC, the other is the small SFF 2X5 or SFF 2X10 with LC header, directly solidified in the circuit board. GBIC and SFF optical modules both have achieved a wide range of applications.
1x9 Optical Transceiver
1x9 optical transceiver modules are state-of-the-art components designed expressly for the building of high-speed bi-directional communication links that require data rates of up to 1.25 Gb/s. The modules operate at special extended voltage and temperature (-10 to 85 C) ranges. 1x9 optical transceiver power dissipation is less than 1 watt for the 5 V and the 3.3 V versions. The modules’ metal enclosure not only makes them sturdier, but also improves the transceivers FCC test margins.
This emissions and ESD control is particularly important in applications with sensitive multiport hubs and switches.These high-speed transceiver modules are well known throughout the industry for their superior quality, reliability, and affordability. An evaluation board is available for test and demonstration purposes.
The GBIC module was once widely used in switches, routers and other network branded products. The old Cisco, Nortel and other manufacturers widely adopted the GBIC module for their switches and routers. Compared to the GBIC module and the 1X9 package module, is very obvious advantages, as it can support hot plug, make GBIC products as an independent module, users can easily update the optical module, fault location.
However, with the continuous development of the network, the disadvantages of GBIC module are gradually. The main disadvantage is too big because the business board optical density is low so that the business board can’t accommodate a sufficient number of GBIC, unable to adapt to the rapid development of the network trend.
SFP module is the most widely use product. SFP module inherits the hot swappable characteristics of GBIC and also draws on the miniaturization advantages of the SFF module with the LC connector. SFP module is reduced the volume and consumption by designing the CDR and EDC outside the module. SFP module is used to connect network devices, such as, switches, routers and others. It is widely applied to the telecommunications and data communications.
SFF module is another branch of the development of the fiber optic transceiver module. Currently, the SFF modules are widely used in the ONU of EPON systems. Since the ONU products of EPON systems are usually placed in the client which needs the ONUs be fixed, not hot-pluggable, the SFF is popular in EPON systems. And with the rapid development of EPNO technology, the SFF market share is also gradually expanded.
XENPAK is an important step in the evolution of the optical modules. The XENPAK architecture provides a XAUI interface for the Media Access Controller.
Compared with not hot-pluggable modules, XENPAK modules is very attractive. But is can’t meet some important market demand. The power consumption of XENPAK is usually 10W, which will cause a certain influence to the structure size because it increase the cost of manufacturing printed circuit board and reduce the precious line space.
X2 modules also adopt the XENPAK electrical interface, but there are a few local exceptions. X2 offers a 4bit port address space, a bit less than XENPAK. X2 also reduces the number of power supply pin. In the aspect of optical technology, X2 supports 10GbE, OC192 synchronous optical network, 10GFC and other standards.
10G small hot-pluggable XFP module is different from the XENPAK architecture and its 4-channel interface. XFP module adopts full-speed single serial module of a XFI (10Gb serial interface) to replace the XENPAK and its derived products. Since the XFP module doesn't have serializer/ deserializer, XFP is smaller, cheaper than XENPAK. And its’ power consumption is also less than XENPAK.
SFP+ module is smaller than XFP module. It transferred the circuit, which is used for the clock and data recovery, from the chip to the card. With its miniaturization, low cost and other advantages, SFP+ meets the high-density demand of device. From 2002 to 2010, SFP+ has replaced XFP to be the mainstream of 10G market.
Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable, the QSFP+ has 4-channel SFP+ interfaces. QSFP+ is designed as the high-speed pluggable solution to meet higher-density of market. As a fiber optical solution, the speed and density are both better than the 4-channel CX4 interface. Since QSFP+ can support 4 channels’ data transmission at 10Gbps per channel with the same port size of XFP, the density of QSFP+ ups to 4 times of XFP products.
The CSFP transceivers are high performance, cost effective modules supporting 2.488Gbps and 20km transmission distance with SMF. The transceiver consists of three sections: a laser transmitter, a photodiode integrated with a trans-impedance preamplifier (TIA) and MCU control unit. All modules satisfy class I laser safety requirements.
The CSFP MSA defines a transceiver mechanical form-factor with latching mechanism and a host board, SFP-like, electrical edge connector and cage. The CSFF MSA also defines a transceiver mechanical form-factor. The dual-channel CSFP is compatible with the standard SFP cage.
The single-channel CSFP and CSFF are half the size of the industry-standard SFP and SFF packages. The CSFF design is modular to enable configurations of integrated 2ch modules. In future FIBERLAND will develop 4ch CSFP modules. These highly integrated compact transceiver modules will enable network system vendors to increase port density and data throughput, while reducing network equipment cost.
CFP is a hot-pluggable transceiver that supports a wide range of 40 and 100 Gb/s applications such as 40G and 100G Ethernet, OC-768/STM-256, OTU3, and OTU4. Different versions of CFP modules can support various link distances over either multimode or single mode fiber optics.
The CFP module includes numerous innovative features like advanced thermal management, EMI management and enhanced signal integrity design, as well as an MDIO-based management interface.
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