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' 2015 O-S-D Report covers all the product categories of the optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes markets, which together accounted for 18% of total semiconductor sales in 2014 compared to about 16% in 2004.
Key Findings Include:
- O-S-D's share of total semiconductor sales has been trending higher since the end of the 1990s. In 2014, O-S-D products accounted for about 18.1% of total semiconductor sales. By 2019, O-S-D sales are projected to represent 19.0% of total semiconductor sales with the rest coming from ICs.
- Total combined O-S-D sales posted above-average growth of 9% in 2014 thanks to strong double-digit sales increases in CMOS image sensors, laser transmitters, pressure sensors, and power transistors along with a turnaround in MEMS-based actuator products. In 2015, total combined revenues for optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes are forecast to climb 8%, which will be the sixth year in a row for annual O-S-D sales to set record-high levels following the 2009 downturn year.
- Optoelectronics growth will continue to be driven in the next five years by laser transmitters for high-speed optical networks, CMOS image sensors for embedded cameras and vision-based automation, and more powerful LEDs for solid-state lighting applications. The optoelectronics market is forecast to grow 10% to a new record-high level of $34.8 billion in 2015. Sensor growth is expected to strengthen after price erosion and weakness in unit shipments pulled down acceleration and yaw-measuring devices in 2013 and 2014. The 2015 sensor/actuator market is forecast to grow 7%. Power transistors, the largest category within the discretes market, pulled out of a two-year slump in 2014 with sales and unit shipments both rising 14% to reach all-time highs. The total discretes market is projected to rise 5% to $24.2 billion in 2015.
- New fast-growing applications, such as solid-state lighting, machine-vision recognition, smart-grid energy, IoT, and multi-sensor "fusion" in intelligent portable systems, are forecast to lift total O-S-D sales to nearly $89.0 billion in 2019, which amounts to a CAGR of 7% through the forecast.
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