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Global Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Industry

Global Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Industry

  • September 2020
  • 423 pages
  • ID: 3646045
  • Format: PDF
  • Global Industry Analysts


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Need to Move Data at the Speed of Light? What’s Better Than Using Infrared Light for Data Transfer. PICs TO Witness Global Opportunities Explode to $3.7 Billion

The global market for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) is projected to reach US$3.7 billion by the year 2027, trailing a post COVID-19 CAGR of 22.7% over the analysis 2020 through 2027. As copper cable-based architecture approaches traffic-carrying limits and poses a risk for robust communications, optical networking technologies are becoming mainstream. Optical communication, also known as optical telecommunication, is growing in popularity driven by factors such as demand for faster internet broadband speeds, ubiquity of data communications networks, and growing use of bandwidth intensive applications such as provision of high speed internet (HSI) and triple play bundled services that includes voice, data, and video streaming. Photons are capable of travelling at the speed of light and moving through various materials without any loss. Integrated photonics may feature a very high frequency range to allow high data throughput in an energy efficient manner. The use of photonics for transmitting signals over optical low-loss fiber transmission lines provides option to replace traditional coaxial cables used by telecommunication systems. Investments in optical network infrastructures are therefore witnessing robust gains. In addition to telecommunication service providers and MNOs, even companies are rapidly shifting to fibre-optic enabled enterprise networks to handle ever-increasing big data loads and leverage benefits of technologies like IoT, cloud and artificial intelligence.

Comprising optical transmitter, fiber optic cable and an optical receiver, optical communication systems offer advantages such as high bandwidth and faster speeds unrivalled by any other cable-based data transmission medium; ability to transmit data/information over long distances; relatively higher resistance to electromagnetic interference; noise-free transmission; higher security as data is transmitted in the form of light or optical signals; low power losses; smaller form factor, lightweight and easy to install; higher data carrying capacity as more data can be bundled into per given cable diameter; reduced risk of signal degradation as compared to copper wires; longer lifespan and durability of over 60 to 80 years; and cost-effectiveness. As computer and data networking evolves and new technologies emerge such as Internet of Things (IoT), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and cloud computing, optical fibre is becoming the technology of choice. While migration from copper wires to optical fibre access networks begins to mature, there is currently a strong undercurrent of change in the optical networking industry. The industry is witnessing a shift from Passive Optical Networks (PON) technology to Active Optical Network (AON). PON technology utilizes optical splitters to separate light signals of different wavelengths as they are transmitted through the network. AON, on the other hand, utilizes electrical switching equipment like routers, switch aggregator, amplifiers and repeaters, for signal distribution, management and delivery.

The scenario is richly benefiting demand for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). Growing demand for fibre-optic communication systems will push-up the adoption rates for PICs. Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) utilize photons rather than electrons to process and distribute information. Fabricated with indium phosphide rather than silicon, PICs will be the future of multiplex and demultiplex wavelength division multiplex (WDM) carrier signals. PICs are valued for their ability to re-amplify optical signals passing through long distance fibre optic cables. As the world inches closer to exascale computing, optical interconnections offer an alternative to the otherwise dense network of copper interconnections that will be needed. Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) integrates multiple photonic functions and hence is more suitable for exascale processing. While electronic integrated circuits are dense, they can never match the speed offered by PICs. PICs have higher bandwidth; higher levels of immunity to electromagnetic interference; and are compatible with current CMOS fabrication technologies. Optical amplifiers, multiplexers, filters, detectors, lasers, optical fiber sensors & modulators will come integrated with photonic ICs in the coming years. Optical fiber communication, defense, healthcare, quantum computing, quantum communication, quantum simulation & quantum metrology will emerge as attractive markets for PICs. Integration of silicon photonics devices with traditional electronics will unleash new opportunities in on-chip and on-board communication; chip-to-chip interconnections; optical sensing and biophotonics. Another noteworthy trend is the development of new generations of pathogen detection systems based on PICs and other photonic sensors amidst the ongoing pandemic. Photonic integrated circuits are expected to make a significant contribution in advancing various fields like point-of-care diagnostics by enabling new biosensors for bed-side testing of diseases such as COVID-19 and cancer. Integrated photonics works like electronics, but controls photons rather than electrons on chips.

Competitors identified in this market include, among others,
  • Broadcom Inc.
  • Ciena Corporation
  • Ciena Corporation
  • Enablence Technologies, Inc.
  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
  • Infinera Corporation
  • Kaiam Corporation
  • Lumentum Operations LLC
  • NeoPhotonics Corporation
  • Nokia Networks
  • Oclaro, Inc.

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