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' 2014 O-S-D Report covers all the product categories of the optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes markets, which together accounted for nearly 18% of total semiconductor sales in 2013 compared to about 16% in 2003.
Key Findings Include:
- O-S-D's share of total semiconductor sales has been trending higher. In 2013, O-S-D products accounted for about 18% of total semiconductor sales. By 2018, O-S-D sales are projected to represent 19.5% of total semiconductor sales with the rest coming from ICs.
- Total combined sales in the O-S-D marketplace moderated in 2013, but optoelectronics sales increased 5% to a new record-high level of $29.2 billion. The normally high-flying sensors/actuators market segment was weighed down by weakness in its two largest sensor product categories—acceleration/yaw sensors, which posted a 2% decline, and magnetic-field sensors, where sales fell 1%, but sales of pressure sensors climbed 16%, to a new record-high $1.3 billion. Weak economic growth contributed to lower discretes sales, but recovery of 6% growth is expected in 2014.
- Stronger global economic growth and higher demand in the end-user markets are expected to help boost total O-S-D sales by 8% in 2014 to a record-high $63.5 billion. Across the board, all major O-S-D product segments are forecast to see stronger growth rates in 2014.
- New fast-growing applications, such as solid-state lighting, machine-vision recognition, smart-grid energy management, and multi-sensor "fusion" platforms for intelligent portable systems, are forecast to lift total O-S-D sales to record-high levels each year through 2018—even in the expected semiconductor slowdown year of 2017.
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