Asia Optical developing new products for 5G, datacenter, cloud applications

Asia Optical is gearing up its R&D efforts developing new products such as optical modules to tap business opportunities in the 5G, datacenter, cloud and smart medical care sectors, according to company optical business chief Chen Cheng-yu.

It has delivered its optical modules for optical transceiver systems to clients for validation, expecting this new product lineup to start generating revenues in 2021, Chen said.

In the Taiwan market, the company will work with system providers seeking orders from local telecom operators, Chen added.

For the optical transceiver market, the company has managed to cut into the supply chains of a number of transceiver suppliers for its Z-block and micro lens array devices.

It has also maintained steady shipments of 5G DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) modules to the upstream equipment supply chain of SK Telecom, according to industry sources.

The company has seen a pick-up in revenues recently after experiencing slow sales in the first half of 2020 in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Chen noted.

It posted revenues of NT$1.549 billion (US$54.02 million) in September, up 3% sequentially and 5.6% on year. For January-October, revenues totaled 11.367 billion, decreasing 19.7% from a year earlier.