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March 15, 2016


Nine O-S-D Product Categories Achieved Record High Sales in 2015

Ten new sales records expected in the O-S-D marketplace in 2016.

In 2015, nine product categories within the optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes (O-S-D) marketplace reached record-high sales compared to seven in 2014 and six in 2013.  Figure 1 shows that in 2015, five sales records were achieved in optoelectronics and four in the sensors/actuators market (including total sensor sales and MEMS-based semiconductors, which are made up of pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscope chips, and actuators).  No records were set in discretes.  Ten new sales records are expected to be set in the O-S-D marketplace in 2016.  All the products shown in Figure 1 are forecast to increase in 2016, which will lift them again to new record-high levels. In addition, a new 2016 sales record is expected to be set in magnetic-field sensors, which include electronic compass chips used in smartphones and other portable systems for navigation and location-identification applications.

Figure 1

Sales of MEMS-based products are forecast to rise 4.4% in 2016 to reach a new record high of $8.8 billion, surpassing the all-time peak of $8.4 billion set in 2015, when revenues grew 5.1%.

Combined O-S-D revenues increased 3.4% in 2015 to a record-high $66.6 billion and accounted for 18.8% of the semiconductor industry’s $353.7 billion total sales in 2015, compared to 15.3% in 2005 and 12.7% in 1995.  Modest improvements in the global economy, steady increases in electronics production, and new end-use applications—such as wearable systems and widespread connections to the Internet of Things (IoT)—are forecast to lift all three O-S-D markets in the next five years—with optoelectronics growing by a CAGR of 8.3%, sensors/actuators rising by an annual rate of 5.6%, and discretes increasing by an average of 3.5% per year in the 2015-2020 forecast period.

Report Details: The 2016 O-S-D Report

Further details on market growth trends for optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes are provided in the 2016 edition of IC Insights’ O-S-D Report—A Market Analysis and Forecast for the Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes.  Scheduled for release at the end of March 2016, the 350-page O-S-D Report is a one-of-a-kind analysis that includes a detailed forecast of sales, unit shipments, and average selling prices through 2020 for more than 30 individual opto, sensor/actuator, and discrete product categories. Also included is a review of technology trends for each of the segments.  The 2016 O-S-D Report, with more than 240 charts and figures, is priced at $3,390 for an individual-user license and $6,490 for a multi user corporate license.

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