5 October 2010


JDSU led ROADM market in first-half 2010, with 38% of revenue and 39% of shipments

In its ‘2010 Biannual ROADM Components’ report, telecom market research firm Infonetics Research has identified optoelectronic chip and module maker JDSU of Milpitas, CA, USA as the leading provider of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) products in first-half 2010, with 38% of revenue and 39% of units shipped.

“JDSU has been providing leading ROADM technology and integration capabilities to the optical market since the beginning, even back in the days when liquid-crystal wavelength blockers were first introduced,” says Brandon Collings, JDSU’s chief technical officer of Optical Communications. “We are committed to a continued focus on R&D and on our extensive ROADM roadmap to ensure we not only maintain market leadership but also the technology leadership our customers and service providers require for the Self Aware Networks of the future,” he adds.

JDSU’s ROADM products make it possible for network operators to add or drop network capacity and to flexibly support increased bandwidth needs in various parts of the network so that consumers and business can use on-demand services such as voice, video and data applications. JDSU claims to be the only firm that offers all three leading ROADM technologies, which include liquid-crystal (LC), micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and planar lightwave circuit (PLC) applications to address various market needs.

The report also highlights that:

  • the wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) ROADM optical equipment market will remain the fastest-growing segment of the optical equipment business;
  • the key component fueling growth in the WDM ROADM sector is the wavelength selective switch (WSS), which allows wavelength route provisioning to become dynamic and protection switching to take place at the optical layer rather than the electrical layer; and
  • worldwide revenue from WSS components with 50GHz of channel spacing is forecast to account for more than half of the market by 2012.



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