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Photonics and photodetectors: 2013 market forecast

January 28, 2013

According to a new Markets and Markets publication, the total market for Photonic integrated circuits (PICs), also known as planar light wave circuits or integrated optoelectronic devices is expected to reach almost $1,55 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 26.3%.  These devices, many based on indium phosphide (InP) and gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology, have changed the dynamics of the optical network industry by increasing optical performance and reliability while reducing physical size, power consumption and heat dissipation.  Presently North America is the biggest market for PICs followed by Europe and APAC. However APAC is anticipated to emerge as the market leader by 2022 because of the prolific growth of datacentres and access network in that region.

IBM will has incorporated optical modulators and photodetectors on a silicon-based semiconductor device, using a standard 90-nanometer process. IBM reckons it may be possible to make optical components with data transmission rates of 25 gigabits per second to 1 terabit per second, with this fabrication technique.

Sagem (Safran group), Thales and Sofradir have signed an agreement for Sofradir to acquire Sagem and Thales’ infrared (IR) detector technology development and manufacturing facilities. Under the agreement, Sagem will transfer to Sofradir the Indium Antimonide (InSb) technology. The Quantum Well-Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) and Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) technologies will be transferred to Sofradir from the GIE III-V Lab, an economic interest group with partners Alcatel Lucent, Thales and research institute CEA (the French nuclear energy and alternate energies commission).

Provided by A Longford – PandA Europe

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