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Forecast: Big Data Will Drive Demand for Optical Interconnects

CIR Estimates Market as Worth $2.2B in 2018

Communications Industry Researchers projects the market for fiber optic interconnection will rise from $1.1 billion in 2013 to $2.2 billion in 2018, with big data and green practices driving the growth.

CIR's latest industry report provides forecast and guide for revenue generation from rack-based and board-to-board optical interconnects and looks at the activities of BinOptics, Avago, Neophotonics and other providers, CIR said Wednesday.

The research firm cites processors, copper cables and videos as typical drivers of optical communications growth.

According to the forecast, parallel computing through multiple central processing units will become a general element of big data processing in data centers.

Such a computing environment requires high-speed optical interconnection for businesses to avoid bottlenecks, the report says.

CIR notes that data centers also opt for low-power interconnect technologies in an effort to save energy and reduce the need for air conditioning in their facilities.

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