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Opportunities for the global active optical cable market to reach $2.9 billion by 2023 according to new research report

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Trends, opportunities and forecast in active optical cable market to 2023 by protocol type (Ethernet, InfiniBand, HDMI, PCI Express (PCIe), Thunderbolt, Others), application (Data Center, High Performance Computing, Consumer Electronics, Telecommunication others), form factor type (QSFP, CXP, CFP, SFP, CX4, and others), speed type (Less than 40G, 40G and 100G, Above 100G) and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World)

According to a new market report published by Lucintel, the future of the active optical cable market looks attractive with opportunities in the data center, high performance computing, consumer electronics, telecommunication, and other applications. The global active optical cable market is expected to reach an estimated $2.9 billion by 2023 with a CAGR of 22.0% from 2018 to 2023.

The major growth drivers for this market are increasing internet traffic throughout the world, growth in high performance computing, and increasing penetration of active optical cables in consumer electronic devices.

Browse 90 Market Data Tables and 123 Figures spread through 218 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Global Active Optical Cable Market- Global Forecast to 2023”

In this market, Ethernet, InfiniBand, HDMI, PCIe, Thunderbolt, and other active optical cables are used to support high speed communication and efficient data transmission in wide range of applications.

Lucintel forecasts that Ethernet active optical cable will remain the largest protocol type and it is also expected to witness the highest growth due to the increasing usage of active optical cables for high performance computing and growth in inter and intra rack connectivity within a data center.

Within the active optical cable market, the data center will remain the largest application and it is also expected to witness highest growth due to increasing demand for high speed connectivity between switch racks and server racks. The increasing migration of networks from 3-tier to 2-tier in data center architecture, will lead to growing deployment of active optical cable to support high data traffic rate and fast signal transmission.

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Quad small form-factor pluggable (QSFP), C form-factor pluggable (CFP), small form-factor pluggable (SFP), 10 gigabit small form factor pluggable (XFP), and other form factor type active optical cables are used for the high speed data transmission. The QSFP will remain the largest segment; it is also expected to witness the highest growth because of its ability to support a wide range of data rates up to 400G.

North America is expected to remain the largest market due to the presence of mega data centers of technology giants such as, Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft. Asia Pacific will experience the highest growth over the forecast period supported by growth in data centers, high performance computing, and consumer electronic devices.

Emerging trends, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the industry, include increasing trend towards development of active optical cables with ultra-small form factors and increased transmission density, increasing demand for optical modules with reduced dimensions and increased port density, and deployment of active optical cables in consumer electronic devices such as mobile phones, notebooks and others. Finisar Corporation, FIT-Foxconn (Avago Technologies), Amphenol ICC, 3M, and Hitachi Cables America are among the major manufactures of active optical cables.


The study includes a forecast for the global active optical cable market by protocol type, application, form factor type, speed type, and region as follows:

By Protocol Type [$M shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]:

  • Ethernet
  • InfiniBand
  • HDMI
  • PCI Express (PCIe)
  • Thunderbolt
  • Others

By Application [$M shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]:

  • Data Center
  • High Performance Computing
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Telecommunication
  • Others

By Form Factor [Volume (Thousand Units) and $M shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]:

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

By Speed type [$M shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]:

  • Less than 40G
  • 40G and 100G
  • Above 100G

By Region [Volume (Thousand Units) and $M shipment analysis for 2012 – 2023]:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World


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