10 March 2011

Emcore ships over 100,000 active optical cables

Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA, which makes components and subsystems for the broadband, fiber-optic, and solar power markets, says that it has shipped more than 100,000 Emcore Connects Cables, making it the market leader in active optical cables (AOCs).

Emcore Connects Cables are used in interconnect applications including high-performance computing (HPC), storage-area network (SAN) systems, distributed-grid networks, cloud computing systems, and telecoms data-centers. The systems require the use of active optical cables because of their light weight, small size and high bandwidth over long distances, making them the preferred alternative to traditional copper cables.

“As one of the highest-growth optical component segments, the active optical cable market has experienced nearly 30% growth from 2009 to 2010, driven by high-performance computing, commercial cloud networks and network/infrastructure expansion,” comments Brad Smith, senior VP of market research firm LightCounting LLC. “The AOC and parallel optical transceiver market will have a 27.5% compounded annual growth rate from 2009 to 2013,” he estimates.

Emcore says that it was first to bring optical interconnects to the high-performance computing market and has led the industry in shipments of 20Gb/s and now 40Gb/s AOCs. “We have seen strong year-over-year growth in AOCs, with more than 30,000 quad data rate (QDR) cables shipped in a three-month period, a record quantity,” notes Emcore’s VP of business development Jaime Reloj. “A new order recently received is for a super-computer that, upon completion, will perform 10 petaflops per second.”

Emcore is demonstrating its Connects Cables in booth 2125 at this week’s Optical Fiber Communication conference (OFC 2011) in Los Angeles (8–10 March).

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