CIR Releases Market Brief on Nanophotonics
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Communications Industry Researchers, CIR, has released the next in a new series of articles focused on the optical components market. The article, entitled "Nanophotonics, Components and Optical Networking," is drawn from CIR's on-going research into the components world that started back in 1999.
Optical components for datacom to reach $1.3B in 2011, predicts Ovum-RHK
Ovum-RHK expects global datacom optical components sales to grow at an 11% compounded annual growth rate from $728 million in 2005 to $1.34 billion in 2011. According to the firm, Ethernet transceivers will lead the market growth, with the LAN market transitioning from 1 to 10 Gbit/sec and Fiber Channel transceivers in the storage market transitioning to 4 Gbit/sec and then 8 Gbit/sec. In another announcement, market analyst Ovum-RHK also reports that sales of optical components for datacom applications will grow 11% every year through 2011, and that some III-V chip fabrication facilities may soon need expansion to handle the increasing volumes.
New process builds electronic function into optical fiber
Optical fiber has proved to be the ideal medium for transmitting signals based on light, while crystalline semiconductors are the best way to manipulate electrons. A technological challenge is exchanging information between optics and electronics rapidly and efficiently. A new technique invented by an international team of scientists from the University of Southampton (UK) and Penn State University (USA) may provide a solution. The team has made semiconductor devices (including a transistor) inside microstructured optical fibers. The key breakthrough was the ability to form crystalline semiconductors that nearly fill the entire inside diameter or pore of optical fibers. When the tube is filled with a crystalline semiconductor, such as germanium, the semiconductor forms a wire inside the optical fiber. The crystals were formed using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) to deposit germanium and other semiconductors inside the pores of the hollow optical fiber
New Institute for NanoBioTechnology
The Johns Hopkins University has established a new Institute for Nanobiotechnology to bring together expertise from the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, biology, medicine, and engineering to enable the creation of new knowledge and new technologies.