The optical market is in the midst of a period of strong growth, driven by an explosion of data traffic and the emergence of a new set of companies with data-centric business models. This presentation will explore drivers and opportunities for growth in the datacom, transport, network and the emerging 5G wireless markets, along with the future trends for these applications. It will also address the advantages and disadvantages of PIC devices, their most likely applications and the use of compound semiconductor technologies in PICs, as well as in the broader optical market.
As Director for the GaAs & Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service, Eric Higham provides analysis of the dynamics and trends for processes, technologies and components in wired and wireless communications markets. His areas of research include 3G and emerging 4G wireless networks, fiber optic networks, CATV, millimeter wave communications, broadband, military radar, EW and communications applications. Prior to joining Strategy Analytics, Eric worked in a variety of engineering, business development and marketing roles for Raytheon, Micro-Dynamics and M/A-COM. In these positions, he participated in the emergence and growth of the commercial wireless industry. Eric was most recently President and founder of Spectrum Business Development, where he developed market and product research for a variety of market applications. After over three decades in the semiconductor field, he brings a deep understanding of the technical and market trends in the GaAs and compound semiconductor sector. Eric holds an MSEE degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a BSEE degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.