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The semiconductor universe consists of integrated circuits (ICs) and optoelectronic, sensor, and discrete (O-S-D) components. Although often overlooked in the past, the O-S-D market segments now command more attention due to a number of high-growth product categories that have consistently outperformed ICs and several “hot” emerging technologies that have moved into volume production.  Among these technologies are microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for sensors and actuators and high-brightness light-emitting diodes (HB-LEDs) for solid-state lighting applications.

IC Insights’ 2019 O-S-D Report covers all the product categories of the optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes markets, which together accounted for 16% of total semiconductor sales in 2018.

Key Findings Include:

  • With few exceptions, O-S-D’s share of total semiconductor sales has slowly been trending higher since the end of the 1990s.  In 2018, O-S-D products accounted for about 16.3% of total semiconductor sales.  By 2023, O-S-D sales are projected to represent 16.5% of total semiconductor sales with the rest coming from ICs.
  • The O-S-D marketplace gained significant strength in 2018 with total sales rising 9% or about twice its annual average growth rate since the mid-1990s.   In 2019, total combined revenues for optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes are forecast to climb 6%, which will make this the tenth year in a row for annual O-S-D sales to set a record-high level following the 2009 downturn year.  
  • Optoelectronics growth will continue to be driven in the next five years by CMOS image sensors for embedded cameras, automotive safety, vision-based automation, and more powerful LEDs for solid-state lighting applications.  The optoelectronics market is forecast to grow 7% to a new record-high level of $43.2 billion in 2019.  Sensor growth was held in check by steep price erosion in recent years, but strong increases in unit shipments for new automated controls and IoT applications are expected to drive sales growth through 2023.  The 2019 sensor/actuator market is forecast to grow 5%.  The market for discrete semiconductors grew 11% in 2018.  A return to stable growth in power transistors and other devices is expected to enhance this market over the next several years.  The total discretes market is projected to rise 4% to $28.5 billion in 2019.
  • New fast-growing applications, such as solid-state lighting, machine-vision, image recognition, smart-grid energy, IoT, and multi-sensor “fusion” in intelligent portable systems are forecast to lift total O-S-D sales to $109.3 billion in 2023, which equates to a CAGR of 6% through the forecast.

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