The Future of Photonics

Industries are meeting the rising demand for high-speed connectivity through innovations in AI, lidar, chips, and laser.

FREMONT, CA: Consumers expect access to instant data. In response to rising demands, optoelectronics and semiconductor industries are finding solutions in more expansive areas. With developments in laser capabilities and photonics, digital products can transfer data faster, allowing device manufacturers to unlock broader applications and products.

Photonics is improving download speeds, quality of streaming, and more accurate digital data collection. Many of these applications will see advancements in the future.

The following areas will adopt photonics:

Artificial intelligence (AI): The wearables market will expand to integrate machine learning. Absolute Breadth Index(ABI)'s research predicted that the wearables market would generate USD 60 million. Companies are looking to invest in enhancing existing technologies. Two developments are chip-scale integration of spectrometers and 3D sensing and imaging solutions for robotic surgery applications.

Lidar: Engineers use lidar to create three-dimensional visual images that will partially contribute to the technology of autonomous driving cars. Lidar devices utilize high-intensity laser tools, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and GPS transceivers.

Lidar's mapping solutions guide vehicles in identifying elements in their surroundings. The technology collects images that enable a car to parallel park and climb steep inclines without driver assistance accurately.

The demand for self-driving cars and consistent 3D maps will contribute to research and development (R&D) in lidar technology. The lidar market will reach USD 7 billion by 2027. Businesses integrate lidar technology in health care, defense, aerospace, and urban planning sectors. Developments in photonics will increase manufacturing, and demand will continue to expand other innovations.

Investments in chip manufacturing: Businesses are investing in chip manufacturing to meet increasing customer demands for faster connections. In 2021, assets reached USD 146 billion. The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act plans to inject USD 52 billion into the chip manufacturing industry.

Laser: The optoelectronics industry includes directly modulated lasers (DMLs) to deliver 100G and 200G performance. Developers will increase their performance to 400G and beyond in the future.