Internet trunk network and telecom equipment
We expect NLM-enabled multi-Tb/s transceivers to operate at least 10 times faster than current technology, while also being less expensive, smaller, and having lower energy consumption. The global optical modulator market was $2 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $22.6 billion in 2024 driven by the availability and cost effectiveness of THz modulators.
Data center network hardware and switches
NLM-enabled transceivers and switches enable an order-of-magnitude improvement in throughput versus legacy hardware, leading to an immediate boost in the density and throughput of a data center at a significantly reduced level of power consumption. The global server/data center market is expected to be $450 billion by 2025.
NLM-enabled optical interconnects will reduce the overhead of moving data between chip components enabling manufacturers to achieve significant speed and energy breakthroughs. Also, HPC manufacturers can deploy optical backplanes for faster connections using less power within a smaller form factor. The global high-performance computing (HPC) processor market was $3B in 2018 and expected to reach $8B in 2024.
5G and Satellite antennas
NLM-enabled phased array antennas will offer the computing power and extended bandwidth to enable 5G wireless providers to support high-speed data transmission. Also, NLM-enabled Ground Satellite Antennas will provide support to companies seeking to provide Earth-scale internet access. The global 5G market is expected to be $250B by 2025.
Optical processing – Neural nets – Machine Learning
Arrays of plasmonic MZI devices can be assembled in large logical arrays to perform high speed neural net functions, enabled by the THz speeds achievable with NLM materials, in a small footprint and at very low energy consumption.
Plasmonic bio-sensors detect specific chemical compounds, enabling tests for ricin poisoning, E. coli bacterial contamination, and antibodies indicating vaccine effectiveness. NLM-enabled Plasmonic Bio-Sensors will allow bio-sensors to be made smaller and less expensive, to the point of being disposable. The worldwide market for bio-sensors was $1B in 2018 and is expected to reach $5B by 2025.
Optical computing also has applications in emerging technologies and business models such as crypto-mining for blockchain, quantum computing, and uses within specialized computing devices.