14 January 2011

Opto sector continues growth in late 2010

The optoelectronics segment of the compound semiconductor industry continued to grow into the close of 2010, driven by trends such as the broader adoption of LEDs for general and automotive lighting applications as well as increased performance demand from the optical transport market, says market research firm Strategy Analytics in its recently published Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) viewpoint ‘Compound Semiconductor Industry Review September-November 2010: Optoelectronics, Materials & Equipment’.

“A good sign for this industry segment is the strength of new orders and revenue growth reported by makers of long-lead fabrication, manufacturing and test equipment, like Aixtron and Veeco,” notes Eric Higham, director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service, who also cites capacity expansions announced by companies including TSMC and Optogan. “Adoption of LEDs and higher performance for optical transport networks is fueling investment to meet demand and product development to meet new requirements,” he adds.

LED technology continues to expand into the general lighting and automotive applications, driven by companies like Cree, Asahi Electric and Bridgelux, Higham continues. Also, optical component and system companies like GigOptix, Opnext, Oclaro and Sumitomo Electric Industries are supporting the industry evolution to 100Gb/s transmission networks.

Tags: LED market Optical components

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