According to the IHS Inc., the global optical network equipment market totaled $12.5 billion in 2015, growing 3 percent from the prior year. And meanwhile, many research companies begin to forecast the market of 2016 and further. For instance, Technavio’s analysts forecast the global fiber optics market to grow at a CAGR of 9.49% during the period 2016-2020. As you see, the prospect of fiber optics market looks bright. As one of the most popular fiber optics, the market of fiber optic transceiver attracts a wide attention. In a word, there is a very strong finish of total fiber optic transceiver market in 2015. And the most outstanding result of the transceiver market in 2015 is that 40G is ubiquitous and the 100G is accelerating. It means that 2016 may be the year of 100G modules. So, about 100G modules, what to expect in 2016?
At present market, the form factors of 100G transceiver module include CXP, CFP, CFP2, CPAK, CFP4 and QSFP28. Among them, QSFP28 demonstrates its great superiority. It increases density and decreases power and price per bit. In addition, the surge of QSFP28 shipments will be one of the factors to change the market from 40G to 100G, according to the report of IHS. QSFP28 is fast becoming the universal data center form factor. Furthermore, the prospects of 100G DAC (Direct Attach Cable) and 100G WDM transceiver also show good momentums.
|Line Rates||12x12G or 10x12G||40/100 G||40/100 G||40/100 G||40/100 G||4×25-28 G|
|Applications||InfiniBand, Ethernet||Ethernet, Sonet/SDH,OTN||Ethernet, Sonet/SDH,OTN||Ethernet, Sonet/SDH,OTN||Ethernet, Sonet/SDH,OTN||InfiniBand, Ethernet|
|Electrical Interface||12xQDR Infiniband or CPPI||CAUI, XLAUI, SFI-S, SFI-5.2||CAUI-4, CAUI||CAUI-4, CAUI||CPPI-4||CPPI-4|
|Max Power||6 W||3-18 W||3-18 W||N/D||1.5-6 W||3.5 W|
The cost for transceiver modules which keep adding up over time is one of the main considerations of the whole projects. In other word, the cost of the devices and components may influence the enthusiasm of network upgrade. But, in 2016, the 100G transceivers will be more affordable. On one hand, the cheap 100G silicon reaches production and the technology become mature. On the other hand, the adoption of widespread use of the 100G devices, and the vast increases in Internet traffic are core to change in the communications infrastructure markets.
The 100G transceiver modules will be applied to two major areas—telecom (includes LTE and FTTx) and data center. Data center may be the main battle for 100G optics because data center transceivers account for 65% of the overall 10G/40G/100G optical transceiver market. In 2016, the global data center construction market will keep growing which means that the 100G optics application will be more wider. Geographically, North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific (mainly China) are the main market for 100G transceiver with their increasing demand for deployment of 100G equipment.
In 2015, FS.COM constantly improves the product line of fiber optic transceivers. For 100G optics, we introduced the 100GBASE-LR4 CFP2 and CFP4 modules as well as the 100GBASE-SR4 and 100GBASE-LR4 QSFP28 modules. With our serious cost control, the prices of all our 100G optics are much more affordable than the similar products in the market. Furthermore, with the mature coding technology, they can be compatible with many major brands.
|FS P/N||Form Type||Data Rate||Wavelength||Max Cable Distance||Interface||Cable Type||DOM Support|
|QSFP28-SR4-100G||QSFP28||103.1 Gbps||850 nm||100 m||MPO (MTP12)||MMF||Yes|
|QSFP28-LR4-100G||QSFP28||103.1 Gbps||1310 nm||10 km||LC Duplex||SMF||Yes|