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Active Optical Cable Market by Protocol (InfiniBand, Ethernet, Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS), and Others) Form Factor (QSFP, CXP, and Others), End-user Application (Data center, Consumer Electronics, and Others) and Geography – Global Trends & Forecast to 2021

  • Global active optical cable market was valued at $XX million in 2016, and is expected to reach $XX million by 2021, supported by a CAGR of XX% during the forecast period 2017 to 2021.

    An active optical cable (AOC) is a cabling technology that uses optical fiber between the connectors to improve the cable’s performance. There is a rise in demand for AOC as it serves as an alternative to copper cables, due to its various advantages such as small bend radius for easy installment, low power consumption, and light weight. Applications of these cables have expanded, from high-performance computers to networking and storage with the support of many protocols. In addition, AOCs rely on different protocols, such as InfiniBand, USB, and Ethernet, for data transmission.

    Active Optical Cable Value Chain Analysis

    The global active optical cable market is primarily driven by a growth in the demand for active optical cables in data centers and an increase in the demand of high bandwidth networks. Cloud based applications; audio and video services, online gaming, and CATV require high-speed data services, which are facilitated by the use of AOCs. However, the high initial investment and the threat of replacement from copper cables and wireless broadband limits the growth of this market. The advancement in the fiber optics technology provides numerous opportunities in this market. The data center market also needs a broad portfolio of fiber optic modules to connect servers, switches, and storage, which is accomplished by active optical cable. Therefore, increase in the deployment of data center is a key driver of active optical cable market.
    InfiniBand protocol is highly used protocols among others. It is scalable and supports quality of service (QOS) as well as it is highly efficient among other protocols. The interface of this protocol in commercial applications such as server and supercomputers are playing a key role in the market growth.

    Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable (QSFP) form factor are highly used in the active optical cable due to increasing usage in the data center market. QSFP active optical cables are designed to have high performance, low power consumption, and long reach. These type of cables are perfect for high density signal transmission in data centers and high performance computing applications among others.

    CDFP (400 Form Factor Pluggable) is a new form factor capable of transmitting high data rates while consuming low power. It meet the industry needs by advancing technologies and providing products that are mechanically and electrically interchangeable. It is growing at the highest rate in the active optical cable market.

    Scope of the Report:-

    Active Optical Cable Market, by Protocol:

    • InfiniBand
    • Ethernet
    • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
    • DisplayPort
    • PCI Express(PCIe)
    • HDMI
    • Thunderbolt
    • USB
    • Others

    Active Optical Cable Market, by Form Factor:

    • QSFP
    • CXP
    • CX4
    • SFP
    • CFP
    • CDFP
    • Others

    Active Optical Cable Market, by End-user Application:

    • Data center
    • Consumer electronics
    • High-performance computing(HPC)
    • Telecommunication
    • Personal computing
    • Others

    Active Optical Cable Market, by Geography:

    • North America
    • Europe
    • APAC
    • RoW


  • Table of Contents

    1 Introduction

    2 Research Methodology

    3 Executive Summary

    4 Premium Insights
    4.1 Attractive Opportunities in the Market
    4.2 Active Optical Cable Market, By Protocol
    4.3 Data Center to Hold the Largest Share in the Active Optical Cable Market
    4.4 The Market in APAC Expected to Grow at the Highest Rate for the Market During the Forecast Period
    4.5 Active Optical Cable Market, By Geography
    4.6 Life Cycle Analysis, By Geography

    5 Market Overview
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Evolution
    5.3 Market Segmentation
    5.3.1 Market, By Protocol
    5.3.2 Market, By Form Factor
    5.3.3 Market, By End-User Application
    5.3.4 Market, By Geography
    5.4 Market Dynamics
    5.4.1 Drivers
    5.4.2 Restraints
    5.4.3 Opportunities
    5.4.4 Challenges

    6 Industry Trends
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Value Chain Analysis
    6.3 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

    7 Active Optical Cable Market, By Protocol
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Infiniband
    7.3 Ethernet
    7.4 Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS)
    7.5 Displayport
    7.6 PCI Express (PCIE)
    7.7 HDMI
    7.8 Thunderbolt
    7.9 USB
    7.10 Others

    8 Active Optical Cable Market, By Form Factor
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 QSFP
    8.3 SFP
    8.4 CXP
    8.5 Cx4
    8.6 CFP
    8.7 CDFP
    8.8 Others

    9 Active Optical Cable Market, By End-User Application
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Data Center
    9.3 High-Performance Computing (HPC)
    9.4 Consumer Electronics (CE)
    9.5 Telecommunication
    9.6 Personal Computing (PC)
    9.7 Others

    10 Active Optical Cable Market, By Geography
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 North America
    10.3 Europe
    10.4 APAC
    10.5 RoW

    11 Competitive Landscape
    11.1 Overview
    11.2 Market Ranking for Active Optical Cable (AOC) Market
    11.3 Competitive Scenario
    11.4 Recent Developments
    11.4.1 New Product Development
    11.4.2 Acquisition
    11.4.3 Expansion

    12 Company Profiles
    12.1 Finisar Corporation
    12.2 TE Connectivity Ltd.
    12.3 Avago Technologies Ltd.
    12.4 FCI Electronics
    12.5 Molex Incorporated
    12.6 3M Company
    12.7 Emcore Corporation
    12.8 Shenzhen Gigalight Technology Co., Ltd.
    12.9 The Siemon Company
    12.10 Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

    *Details Might Not Be Captured in Case of Unlisted Companies.


  • The active optical cable market is estimated to exhibit high growth till 2021. The overall market is expected to reach USD XX Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of XX% between 2017 and 2021. Increase adaption in the data center market as well as the digital signage industry is expected to drive the active optical cable market.

    The applications of active optical cables have expanded from high performance computers to traditional data centers with the support of many protocols. Active optical cables are reliant on protocol named InfiniBand. The interface of this protocol in commercial applications such as server and supercomputers has been critical to the market growth. This segment has grown and moved from its traditional 10G QSFP+ format to 14G FDR QSFP+ fiber optic cables thus making it as the strongest active optical cable application. Rising attention of vendors towards USB, Thunderbolt and HDMI protocol in video and consumer protocols have also benefited the market. Moreover, other protocols such as USB3.0, HDMI and DisplayPort are also predictable to gain grip in the forecast period.

    Data centers accounts for the largest end-use application in global active optical cable market. The main reason for its growth is the increasing bandwidth speeds which are expected to reach higher by 2021. However, data centers which are inside the active optical cables market are at present limited to facilities which look to optimize the existing infrastructure to offer high data rates. Furthermore, the market in data centers is expected to augment in the upcoming years with the introduction of big data applications. This market is also gaining prominence in non data center applications such as consumer electronic devices.

    This report briefly explains the market drivers, restraints, opportunities and trends with respect to the active optical cables market and forecasts it up to 2021. The detailed assessment of future and existing opportunities which are provided in the report would help the stakeholders to plan and prepare for the next step. The report provides a detailed forecast for each segment from 2017 to 2021. It further provides a detailed segmentation analysis of the market based on the geographies – North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Rest of the World (RoW). By geography, the U.S. represents the largest active optical cable market globally. However, emerging markets are expected to spearhead growth driven by growing adoption of new technologies and faster economic growth. Asia-Pacific on the other hand is expected to emerge as the fastest growing market over the forecast period.

    High implementation cost of the active optical cable is one of the major restraints for the growth of this market. The major players in the market are Finisar Corporation. (U.S.), TE Connectivity Ltd. (Switzerland), Avago Technologies Ltd (U.S.), FCI Electronics (Singapore), Molex Incorporated (U.S.). These players adopted various strategies such as new product developments, acquisition, collaborations, and business expansions to enhance their presence in the active optical cable market.


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