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Silicon photonics has been in development for over a decade by numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Intel, IBM, HP, Oracle, and Cisco, and is progressing towards commercialization. This report analyzes the status and outlook for this technology.


  • While 100G presents a near-term commercial opportunity for silicon photonics, better opportunities are ahead where higher levels of integration, both photonic and electronic, are needed.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyze the 100G silicon photonics revenue opportunity.
  • Learn what's driving the need for 100G interconnects.
  • Learn why silicon photonics is a good option to support the demand for 100G.

Key questions answered

  • What should silicon photonics developers do to succeed in this market?
  • Should incumbent optical component vendors fear what silicon photonics may do to the infrastructure ecosystem?
  • What should equipment vendors do as silicon photonics technology becomes commercially available?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Market status

  • The “Anywhereization” opportunity
  • 100G needed for all data center connections
  • Technology

Market dynamics

  • Why silicon photonics
  • Silicon photonics is low cost: fact or fiction?
  • Silicon photonics products coming to market

Market outlook

  • 400G promises an even better opportunity for silicon photonics
  • Increasing data rates favor optics over copper
  • Optical components market transforming


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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