Table 5.3 summarizes the JTEC panel's comparisons of U.S. and Japanese efforts in the optoelectronics devices area. In the interests of simplicity, a number of separate R&D efforts are incorporated into only a few general categories in the table, and the comparisons are made for the categories as a whole. Thus, the table represents generalizations only, not exceptions; for example, in a category where the panel judges the Japanese to be ahead overall, the United States may well be ahead in one particular segment.

Table 5.3.
Japanese Technology Relative to U.S. Technology

* Future movement of Japan's device technology status compared with U.S. NC = no change.

In summary, in all cases except WDM, the JTEC panel concludes that Japanese component technology is ahead of or even with that of the United States. Of course, as mentioned above, there are generally a few exceptions within each category. In making these general conclusions, the level of activity in the development and manufacturing areas or the readiness to move the technology into manufacture have been more important factors than leadership in the research area.

Published: February 1996; WTEC Hyper-Librarian