Lithium niobate modulators are one of the most vital components used in advanced telecommunications. They make a substantial contribution in optical networks by facilitating robust interconnections among components. As network security is highly vital in advanced communications, lithium niobate modulators are used to assimilate various routing connections through spatial switches.
Not just the telecommunications sector, lithium niobate modulators also play a crucial role in optical fibers used in the army, industries, cable TVS, and utility areas, as they offer data security, electrical isolation, and electromagnetic interference. In addition, lithium niobate sensors are used in industrial automation to surge productivity and efficacy owing to their great electrical coefficient properties and negligible wavelengths loss, which make them operational even in small areas. Also, they are greatly used in modern network connectivity, such as 5G technology and wireless networking, to offer seamless internet services. Thus, technical developments and application of 5G network technology in the telecommunication industry are expected to offer rewarding growth opportunities for the lithium niobate modulator market.
Lithium Niobate Modulator Market Trends and Developments
As per a report by Research Dive, the global lithium niobate modulator market is expected to grow from $3,714.3 million in 2021 to $6,542.6 million by 2030. The North America region is predicted to be the most dominant and anticipated to surpass a revenue of $2,492.7 million by 2030. This is mainly owing to the rising use of lithium niobate modulator in optical fibers for better compatibility and higher data rates in this region. Market players are significantly investing in research and development and introducing new technologies to cater the mounting demand for lithium niobate modulator. Some of the foremost players of the lithium niobate modulator market are THORLABS, iXblue Group, Fabrinet Inc., Gooch & House plc, Beijing Panwoo Integrated Optoelectronic Inc., Fujitsu Optical Components Ltd, Lumentum Operations LLC, EOSPACE, Inc., and others. These industry players are focused on devising strategies such as partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, innovative developments, and collaborations to achieve a conspicuous position in the global market. For instance,
- In March 2021, Fujitsu Optical Components Limited (FOC), a developer, manufacturer and seller of the highly advanced optical components for 100G & beyond optical networks, announced that the worldwide sales of coherent lithium niobate modulators, which started delivering in December 2009, is rising. The company stated that the sales have surpassed 1 million units by the end of February 2021. With such exceptional sales records, FOC is set to make a strong foothold in the lithium niobate modulator market.
- In February 2022, Xinlun Cai, of the Sun Yat-sen University, headed a team that invented and developed a thin-film lithium niobate dual polarization in-phase & quadrature (DP-IQ) modulator. This new device is going to set new world records with respect to 4 performance metrics: modulation bandwidth, insertion loss, half-wave voltage, and single wavelength net bitrate.
- In February 2022, POET Technologies Inc., an inventor & designer of the POET’s Optical Interposer™ & the Photonic Integrated Circuits for data centres and telecommunication industries, collaborated with Liobate Technologies Limited, a high-tech company that develops high-end lithium niobate on insulator (LNOI) modulator chips as well as similar optical sub-assemblies. This collaboration aims to integrate advanced thin-film lithium niobate modulators in Optical Engines of POET, thus empowering higher bandwidth electro-optic conversion for telecommunication applications and data centres.
COVID-19 Impact on the Lithium Niobate Modulator Market
The abrupt rise of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has positively impacted the global lithium niobate modulator market. This is mainly due to the increasing adoption of work-from-home culture by numerous companies owing to lockdown restrictions. This has surged the need for uninterrupted internet services and advanced communication systems, which has eventually boosted the demand for lithium niobate modulators. This is propelling the market growth during the pandemic. Moreover, as the worldwide economy is recuperating with the cessation of pandemic, the global market is expected to gain traction with a notable surge in usage of lithium niobate modulators in digital & analog signal processing, optical computing, and telecommunication applications. This is likely to flourish the lithium niobate modulator market in the forthcoming years.