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Microelectronics Component Manufacturers Increase Fiber-optic Network Capacity

May 18, 2011
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As data consumption, driven by smartphones, video files and faster internet service, continues to skyrocket, service providers respond by increasing the amount and capacity of high data rate fiber in their transmission networks. The Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) viewpoint, "Compound Semiconductor Industry Review March 2011: Microelectronics," illustrates product developments for Fiber to the Home (FTTH), Community Access Television (CATV) and RF over Glass (RFoG) applications from industry leaders TriQuint Semiconductor and Analog Devices. In addition, this viewpoint report captures product, financial, contract and technology announcements for microelectronic companies such as RFMD, Skyworks Solutions, Hittite Microwave, ANADIGICS and NXP for March 2011.

“With the dramatic increase in mobile data consumption, we tend to lose sight of the fact that landlines still transport the largest amount of data and most of the mobile data,” noted Eric Higham, Director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service. “Product announcements show development activity from GaAs manufacturer TriQuint, as well as Silicon manufacturer, Analog Devices, which are aimed at CATV, fiber and RF over Glass (RFoG). These applications will increase capacity for operators providing voice, video and data services.”

Asif Anwar, Director, Strategy Analytics Strategic Technologies Practice, added, “While the largest portion of the compound semiconductor market revenue resides with handset applications, companies are also developing products for infrastructure, broadband, test and measurement, medical, fiber, CATV and military market applications.”

This Strategy Analytics viewpoint summarizes March 2011 financial, product, contract and employment developments from major GaAs and silicon suppliers, addressing a variety of commercial and military applications that use gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN), Silicon carbide (SiC), and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technologies.


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