Nanotechnology Polymer Optical ModulatorMarket Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2005 to 2011

Report # SH29821436 | 111 Pages | 21 Tables and Figures | 2006

Nanotechnology Polymer Optical Modulator Market Assessment

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Nanotechnology Polymer Optical Modulator
Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2005 to 2011

Many of the arguments surrounding the materials for modulators and methods of integration with lasers are relevant to many of the functions needed for optical networks, not just modulators. The monolithic versus hybrid debate and the quest to reduce package size may seem to favor compound semiconductors. The key issue is not that scientists are working at this scale, it is that they are performing manipulations at the atomic level to create novel materials structures.

Polymer technology is emerging as a significant technology. But, in the context of polymers, there are vast differences. A polymer is not a polymer; a polymer at the nanotechnology level is a collection of carbon and other molecules connected in a particular manner. The ability to make sophisticated polymers with the desired characteristics is basic to the chemistry applied to the optical modulator technology problem.

Any chemist can make a basic polymer. The ability to make a polymer that works for telecommunications in a network as an optical modulator is a far more difficult task. Not every chemist can make the polymer desired. There is a range of options in constructing the polymer and only the nanotechnology experts can generate a polymer with the desired characteristics. There are vast differences in quality even in the select group able to make polymer optical modulators.

The situation is similar to making bread. Everyone can mix flour and yeast. The mixing is easy, you get the ingredients and put them together, but some bread is better than other bread, some is really good, and some is not even eatable. A blob of dough the right length cooked at the right temperature produces bread that rises at the end of cooking instead of producing a limp lump of flour blob. Polymer chemistry is the same.

A polymer is just a collection of carbon molecules and some dyes. The same idea of a correct mixture at a correct temperature goes for polymers. It is the recipe and the temperature and the choice of other molecules that are combined with the carbon that makes a functional optical modulator. How carbon is attached and how other molecules are attached to the carbon determine what happens inside the optical modulator.

The important thing is the side groups or the functionality created by the chemistry of the polymer. Not all polymers are the same. Chemically different functionality groups are created to make the optical modulator. How those functionality groups are distributed along the carbon determines what is attached where.

A polymer is just a length of carbon molecules connected together, instead of being a chain they are one unit. The definition of the polymer is further controlled with dyes. These dyes are added in different concentrations and at different temperatures to make proprietary substances that are more of less useful.

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Report Methodology

This is the 265th report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

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About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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