“Tunability” offering ease and cost-effectively adding or reducing bandwidth remotely, supports growth of more on-demand services around the technology

Singapore, 30 April 2021 – Journalist Antony Savas of Optical Connections Magazine chats with CompoundTek and several industry players on the evolving market for tuneable optics/lasers supporting data centre connectivity, metropolitan connections and links to the edge. Driven by rapidly increasing network traffic and surging bandwidth with unprecedented demand in cloud computing, video-on-demand services, data analytics processing, the Internet of Things, the move to 5G mobile and the feverish building of hyperscale data centres, the global tuneable laser market was valued at $10.12 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach 16.79 billion by 2026, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% over the forecast period (Mordor Intelligence).

Evolving form factors to address changing markets are taking shape too. CompoundTEK and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore are combining different technologies to address market needs.

KS Ang, chief operating officer at CompoundTek, says, “There are many ways to build a tuneable laser. What sets our technology apart is the ability to integrate with Silicon Photonics (SiPh) devices which offers low propagation loss and high integration densities. In our co-developed solution, the tuneable laser consists of a Ⅲ-Ⅴ gain section and a silicon-based photonic integrated circuit.”

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