Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Inspection Scope and Cleaning for Fiber Optic Connectors

10-Year Market Forecast  -

According to ElectroniCast, the worldwide fiber connector inspection scope/cleaner value reached $107 million in 2016…


Aptos, CA (USA) – June 6, 2017 -- ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market & technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber optics communications industry, today announced the release of their market forecast and analysis of the use of handheld inspection microscopes, probes and cleaners for fiber optic connectors. 

According to ElectroniCast, the worldwide consumption value for these devices reached $107 million in 2016.  The American region, in 2016, represented a 40 percent market share of worldwide consumption of hand-held fiber microscope and cleaners for fiber optic connectors.  The American region (North, Central and South America) market share is forecast to decrease, however, during the forecast period (2016-2026).

The Europe/Middle East/Africa region (EMEA) represented 25 percent relative market share, leaving the Asia Pacific region (APAC) with $37.6 million in 2016. 

Microscopes are used for inspecting polish-type fiber optic connectors during the termination process to find possible defects. Visual inspection of the end surface of connector ferrules with a microscope (with or without a probe) is used to find foreign material, such as dust/oil, moister/other, as well as scratches on fiber optic connectors. There are different types of cleaning devices used, which were researched in this study project.

The study researched over 40 vendors competing in the global use of fiber optic connector inspection scope and cleaner market, which ElectroniCast tracks in a product matrix showing participation in both single function and integrated/combined function (scope/cleaner) devices.


This report is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants.  For detailed information on this or other services provided by ElectroniCast, please contact Theresa Hosking, Director of Marketing/Sales; thosking@electronicastconsultants.com  (Telephone/USA: 831-708-2381)


ElectroniCast Consultants – www.electronicastconsultants.com specializes in forecasting trends in communication networks and in the products used in those networks.  This includes technology forecasting, markets and applications forecasting, strategic planning and consulting. ElectroniCast Consultants, as a technology-based independent forecasting firm, serves industrial companies, trade associations, government agencies, communication and data network companies and the financial community.  Reduction of the risk of major investment decisions is the main benefit provided.  ElectroniCast Consultants’ goal is to understand the challenges and opportunities facing clients and to provide timely, accurate information for strategic planning.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

10-Year Forecast – Fiber Optic Sensors

ElectroniCast Consultants: 10-Year Forecast – Fiber Optic Sensors


According to ElectroniCast, the combined use of Distributed and Point fiber optics sensors are forecast to reach $5.98 Billion in 2026…

Aptos, CA (USA) – May 9, 2017  -- ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market/technology forecast consultancy, today announced the release of their market forecast and analysis of the global consumption of Fiber Optic Sensors. 

According to the study, the combined use of Distributed and Point (local) fiber optics sensors reached $3.38 Billion last year (2016), and the worldwide value is forecast to reach $5.98 Billion in 10-years (2026). Market forecast data in this study report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data.

Both the American region and the EMEA region held similar market share in the overall (distributed- and point-types) fiber optic sensor value last year. The Europe, Middle East, Africa region (EMEA) held a very slight lead in relative market (value) share last year; however, the Asia Pacific region (APAC) is projected to take-over the leadership position during the forecast period.

The EMEA region is forecast to have a strong role in the use of distributed fiber optic systems, driven by the region’s use of systems in aviation, as well as in the Petrochemical, Natural Resources, Energy/Utility application categories. 

In terms of fiber optic point sensors, the American region is forecast to maintain the market share lead throughout the 1st-half of the forecast period (2016-2021), mostly led by the use of Fiber Optic Gyros (FOGs) in the Military/Aerospace application category. The consumption values are based on the end-user application and the end-user region.

FOGs held a 65 percent market share of the worldwide Point fiber optic sensor consumption value in 2016.  “All regions, thanks mainly to increases in the use in aviation and military critical mission applications (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/UAV and missile guidance, navigation, north finding/tracking, robotics, aviation and aeronautics and other) are forecast to show impressive increase consumption quantity (volumes) and values for the FOG systems,” said Stephen Montgomery, Director of the Fiber Optics Components group at ElectroniCast Consultants. 

The market forecast of the Distributed Sensors is segmented by the following applications:

·        Manufacturing Process/Factory
·        Civil Engineering/Construction (buildings, bridges, tunnels, etc)
·        Military/Aerospace/Security
·        Petrochemical/Energy/Utilities/Natural Resources
·        Biomedical/Science


The Fiber Optic Point Sensor Forecast further segmented by the following sensing/measuring quantity (measurand) types:

·        Mechanical Strain
·        Temperature
·        Pressure
·        Chemical, Gas, Liquid
·        Vibration, Acoustic, Seismic
·        Displacement, Acceleration, Proximity
·        Electric, Current and Magnetic Field - Fiber Optic Sensors
·        Rotation (such as Fiber Optic Gyroscopes: FOGs)



“ElectroniCast counts each Point fiber optic sensor as one unit; however, the volume/quantity (number of units) of Distributed fiber optic sensors is based on a complete optical fiber line/link, which we classify as a system. Since a distributed optical fiber line (system) may have 100s of sensing elements in a continuous-line, it is important to note that we count all of those sensing elements in a distributed system as one (system) unit – only.  Distributed fiber optic sensor systems involve the optic fiber with the sensors embedded with the fiber; also included is the optoelectronic transmitter/receiver, connectors, optical fiber, cable (fiber jacket) the sensor elements, and other related components,” Montgomery added.


 This market forecast report is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants. For detailed information on this or other services provided by ElectroniCast, please contact Theresa Hosking, Marketing/Sales; thosking@electronicastconsultants.com  
(Telephone/USA: 831-708-2381)

Founded in 1981, ElectroniCast – www.electronicast.com specializes in forecasting trends in technology forecasting, markets and applications forecasting, strategic planning and consulting. ElectroniCast Consultants, as a technology-based independent forecasting firm, serves industrial companies, trade associations, government agencies, communication and data network companies and the financial community.  Reduction of the risk of major investment decisions is the main benefit provided.  ElectroniCast Consultants’ goal is to understand the challenges and opportunities facing clients and to provide timely, accurate information for strategic planning.










Thursday, April 27, 2017

Inspection Probe, Scope and Cleaner for Fiber Optic Connectors


Inspection Probe, Scope and Cleaner for Fiber Optic Connectors
Global Market Forecast & Analysis
2016-2026


Scheduled Release:             May 29, 2017
Text Pages:                       PDF
Excel File:                         Market Forecast Database
PowerPoint File:                 Summary Data Figures
Charter Fee:                     USD 3,490 (Order/Payment by May 10, 2017)
Standard Fee:                   USD 4,490    
                                               
Report Description

This report provides the ElectroniCast Forecast of portable probes and scopes and the associated devices that inspect and/or clean fiber optic connectors, as well as support software. Product/technology and manufacturer/supplier competitive analysis is also provided. 

All of the products featured in this report are small/handheld field-use units; however, for comparison purposes, our forecast for larger (bench-top) units will also be provided.

This report provides an analysis (review) of 2016 and a 10-year (2017-2026) forecast of the worldwide market consumption segmented into the following geographic regions:

  • Global
    • America
      • North America
      • Rest of America
    • Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Rest of APAC

The global market is further segmented into the following application categories:

·    Core
·    Metro
·    Access
·    Data Center (in Private Enterprise)

The market forecast data are segmented by the following functions:

·    Consumption Value (US$, million)
·    Quantity (number/by 1,000 units)
·    Average Selling Prices (ASP $, each)

Product/Device Definitions

The following product types, as detailed below, also segment the market forecast:

Hand-Held Product Categories:                                                                              

·         Total (Scope, Cleaner, Integrated Scope/Cleaner)

o        Hand-held microscope for fiber connector inspection

§         Microscope (Eyepiece-type) for fiber connector inspection
§         Microscope/Probe for use with video monitor (monitor not included)                                   
§         Microscope/Probe – integrated with video monitor

o        Hand-held cleaning tools for fiber optic connectors
§         Inexpensive-type devices
§         System-type devices

o        Hand-held integrated microscope/cleaner for fiber connectors

§         Microscope/Cleaner (Eyepiece-type) for fiber connector inspection
·         Eyepiece scope and Inexpensive-type cleaner (Pattern 1)
·         Eyepiece scope and System device-type cleaner (Pattern 2)

§         Microscope/Probe and Cleaner, monitor optional
·         Scope/Probe and Inexpensive cleaner (Pattern 3)
·         Scope/Probe and System device cleaner (Pattern 4)
·         Scope/Probe/Monitor and Inexpensive cleaner (Pattern 5)
·         Scope/Probe/Monitor and System device cleaner (Pattern 6)                                   

Separate Excel File for Bench-Top Integrated Device


Contact me for more information –











Monday, April 17, 2017

Neutrik USA Announces opticalCON® MTP®24 Fiber Optic Solutions

Neutrik USA Announces opticalCON® MTP®24 Fiber Optic Solutions

Charlotte, NC – NAB Booth C9515… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to announce opticalCON MTP24, a 24-channel fiber optic connection system based on MTP data connectors. With its small form factor and robust design, opticalCON MTP24 is an ideal solution for long cable runs and point-to-point wiring where high fiber counts are required. The system, based on Neutrik’s successful opticalCON QUAD, is optimized for broadcast, pro AV, and industrial applications.

The opticalCON MTP24 ADVANCED cable connector features a robust metal housing and heavy-duty strain relief. The connector’s innovative, automatic dust shutter protects the fiber from contamination and minimizes maintenance. For less rugged applications, opticalCON MTP24 LITE cable connectors are also available. Cable connectors can be factory terminated onto a variety of qualified multimode and single mode (PC and APC) rugged cables.

The opticalCON MTP24 chassis connector accepts a standard MTP breakout cable at the rear, facilitating easy adaptation to LC, SC, or ST optical fiber connectors. The built-in dust shutter ensures minimal maintenance. The sealing gasket provides color coding and IP protection.

opticalCON MTP24 conforms to the IEC-61754-7 standard for interface dimensions for MPO-type (Multi Push-On) connectors as widely used in the telecom and data technology industries. Cable and chassis connectors are dust and water resistant per IP65 when mated and can be cleaned easily without any special tools.

David Kuklinski, Applications Manager for Neutrik USA, Inc., commented, “Neutrik’s new opticalCON MTP24 significantly ups the ante in terms of the number of channels that can be transmitted in a compact and secure manner. This should prove invaluable within the broadcast, pro AV, and industrial application sectors. It is important to note that opticalCON is only assembled by Certified opticalCON Cable Assemblers (COCAs) to ensure optimum performance. opticalCON MTP24 is yet another example of Neutrik’s commitment to ensuring the highest levels of signal transfer performance and reliability.”

Neutrik’s opticalCON MTP24 cable and chassis connector products will be available Q2, 2017. For additional information and pricing, contact Neutrik USA at 704- 972-3050.

About Neutrik USA
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Neutrik USA, a subsidiary of Neutrik AG, is the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions. Neutrik manufactures a wide array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, fiber optic connector systems, wireless systems and accessories for a broad range of customers ranging from rock bands to lighting design and industrial equipment to broadcast studios. For more information, please visit Neutrik USA online at http://www.neutrik.us/, http://www.experience-neutrik.com/, and become a part of its social network family at www.facebook.com/Neutrik.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Interrelation Profile Analysis Method for Alignment of Polarization-Maintaining Fiber




AFL White Paper By –

Wenxin Zheng, Doug Duke, Toshiki Kubo, and Bryan Malinsky


Abstract

A new method for alignment of polarization-maintaining (PM) fibers has been developed that solves alignment problems with low-contrast PM fibers. It provides a fast and accurate universal method for PM fiber alignment.


Contact AFL for a copy of the White Paper:  http://www.aflglobal.com/Resources/White-Papers.aspx

Monday, March 20, 2017

MEMS and sensors suppliers Collaboration, May 10-11 at Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Tackles Technical Challenges at Annual Technical Congress

MEMS and sensors suppliers thrive through collaboration, May 10-11 at Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)

PITTSBURGH -- (March 20, 2017) -- Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors suppliers are targeting a rapidly growing global market for their devices, key components that increase the intelligence and interactivity of billions of electronic products. Despite this unprecedented growth, suppliers face shared technical challenges that limit expansion, including energy and power management, security, integration, and machine learning. MEMS & Sensors Industry Group’s (MSIG’s) 2017 MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress® (MSTC), to be held on May 10-11, 2017 on the campus of Stanford University, offers attendees a collaborative approach to resolving these shared technical challenges.

“The size, diversity and growth of MEMS and sensors markets is exploding,” said Karen Lightman, vice president, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, SEMI. “To succeed in these large, increasingly challenging and fast-moving markets, MEMS and sensors suppliers need to work together, delving deeper into the issues and possible solutions of their shared challenges. MSTC 2017 gives suppliers a forum for freely exchanging information with peers through breakout sessions. It also gives them access to some of the top technical minds in the industry, including our two keynote speakers: Scott Borg, director and chief economist of U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, and Chris Ré, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University.”

Borg will discuss how economics is driving both the deployment of MEMS and sensors and their exploitation by attackers. “As MEMS and sensors enable the Internet of Things, building cyber security into them is going to be critical,” said Borg. “Letting cyber attackers take control of these increasingly ubiquitous devices could result in chaotic and even dangerous situations. Individual home appliances, for example, that do not seem to pose a threat, taken one by one, could present a serious risk if a cyber attacker could manipulate millions of them at once. Because cyber attacks can be carried out on vast numbers of targets simultaneously, this is a real possibility.”

Ré will share new approaches to improving machine learning systems -- which are indispensable to applications such as voice recognition, image search and natural language processing. “Developing machine learning systems is typically a laborious process, hampered by large training sets that require hand-labeled data,” said Ré. “We are employing new techniques that overcome a major bottleneck to developing machine learning systems, making the building of these systems easier for an increasingly larger set of people.”

Featured presenters from AMFitzgerald, Coventor, Excelitas Technologies, Plasma-Therm, Silicon Microgravity, Si-Ware Systems, Stanford University, STMicroelectronics and Tohoku University will address topics spanning integration, easier customization, manufacturing, material analysis, high-performance micromirror arrays, and smart sensors for robotics.
A panel of industry and academic experts will explore Academic and Commercial Perspectives on Capturing Value from MEMS and Sensors.
Breakout sessions will include:

·  Technology Transfer for Dummies (How to Get to a Stable High-yielding Process)
·     Back-end Challenges of MEMS and Sensors (Packaging, Testing & Reliability)
·    Integration Opportunities (Technological & Business Considerations)
·     Emerging MEMS, Sensors and Systems Incorporating Them
· Piezoelectric and Other Emerging Materials for MEMS and Sensor Applications

For the complete agenda of the 2017 MEMS & Sensors Technical Conference, visit: http://www.semi.org/en/node/116216

For More Information and Registration

MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress will take place May 10-11, 2017 at Stanford University, Bechtel Conference Center in Stanford, Calif.  Sponsors include NXP and X-FAB.

MSIG/SEMI members receive a discount, with additional early-bird pricing for members and non-members through March 28, 2017. Register via: https://ams.semi.org/ebusiness/Meetings/Meeting.aspx?Id=3977 or contact MSIG at info@memsindustrygroup.org  for more information.

About MEMS & Sensors Industry Group

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, advances MEMS and sensors across global markets. MSIG advocates for near-term commercialization of MEMS/sensors-based products through a wide range of activities, including conferences, technical working groups and industry advocacy. As a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, MSIG now reaches a global membership of more than 1,900 companies and industry partners. For more information, visit: www.memsindustrygroup.org and follow MSIG on LinkedIn and Twitter (use @MEMSGroup).

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group logo are trademarks of SEMI. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

10-Year Fiber Optic Connector Market Forecast


According to ElectroniCast, the worldwide fiber optic connector/mechanical splice consumption value reached $3.82 billion in 2016…

Aptos, CA (USA) – March 16, 2017 -- ElectroniCast Consultants, a leading market & technology forecast consultancy addressing the fiber optics communications industry, today announced the release of their annual market forecast and analysis of the use of fiber optic connectors and mechanical splices in communication applications.  This study is based on analysis of information obtained continually for over 30-yearts, and updated through the middle of March of 2017.

According to ElectroniCast, the worldwide fiber optic connector/mechanical splice consumption value reached $3.82 billion in 2016.  Multimode connector use is forecast to grow from nearly $2.46 billion in 2016 to over $3.2 billion in 2026.  Multimode fiber is best suited for use in short lengths, such as those used in Local Area Networks (LANs), Data Centers (DCs) and other private enterprise applications, as well military/ aerospace, harsh environment and specialty applications (automotive, sensors, medical, oil/gas and others).

“The multimode LC small form factor connector is forecast to maintain the leadership position in relative market share throughout the forecast period,” said Stephen Montgomery, Director of the Fiber Optic Component group at ElectroniCast. 

“Field-installable connectors for indoor and outdoor use are increasing in demand and thus are increasing in volume for several end-use options. Both mechanical-splice and fusion-splice technologies are meeting the requirements in the field-installable fiber optic connector availability,” Montgomery added.

The global fiber optic connector/mechanical splice consumption is driven by a dramatic increase in bandwidth demand beyond the limits of copper.  As optical fiber use migrates closer and closer to the end user, where cable lengths are shorter with higher fiber counts, the requirements for jointing fibers becomes more critical. Splicing and connecting, play a significant role in a network’s cost and performance.

There are over 90 vendors competing for the global fiber optic connector/ mechanical splice market, which ElectroniCast tracks in a product matrix showing participation in the following: connectors, cable assemblies, optical backplanes, and fiber optic installation apparatus; however, is dominated by a few companies that have a broad base in various interconnect products. 



This report is available immediately from ElectroniCast Consultants.  For detailed information on this or other services provided by ElectroniCast, please contact Theresa Hosking, Director of Marketing/Sales; thosking@electronicastconsultants.com  (Telephone/USA: 831-708-2381)


ElectroniCast Consultants – www.electronicastconsultants.com specializes in forecasting trends in communication networks and in the products used in those networks.  This includes technology forecasting, markets and applications forecasting, strategic planning and consulting. ElectroniCast Consultants, as a technology-based independent forecasting firm, serves industrial companies, trade associations, government agencies, communication and data network companies and the financial community.  Reduction of the risk of major investment decisions is the main benefit provided.  ElectroniCast Consultants’ goal is to understand the challenges and opportunities facing clients and to provide timely, accurate information for strategic planning.