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Optoelectronics, Sensors and Discretes Market Report

2015 O-S-D Report - A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes

IC Insights, Date of Publication: Mar 24, 2015, 350 Pages




Optoelectronics, Sensors and Discretes Market Report

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.

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.

Discover many facts like these in the O-S-D Report

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O-S-D Report 2015

The 2015 edition, published in March 2015, features 350 pages and more than 240 charts and illustrations. 

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Report Contents and Summaries

The O-S-D Report offers a substantial amount of information on many facets of the optoelectronic, sensor/actuator, and discrete industries. With 350 pages and more than 240 tables, graphs, and illustrations, the O-S-D Report provides a thorough look at market and technology trends related to O-S-D devices.

Included are an overview of the global semiconductor market outlook and cycles; extensive tables of market, unit, and pricing data through the year 2019; end-use application and regional market analysis; leading supplier rankings; device history and technology trends; diagrams and illustrations of devices and packages; and more!


• CCD and CMOS Image Sensors
• High-Brightness and Standard LEDs
• Laser Transmitters and Pick-Ups
• Infrared Devices
• Couplers, Isolators, Optical Switches
• Digital Character Displays
• Other Opto Devices

Optoelectronics hit record-high sales in 2014.  Growth was recorded in all eight of the main optoelectronics product categories with laser transmitters, total image sensors, and infrared devices showing the strongest increases.  Laser transmitter sales climbed 21% in 2014 after surging 48% in 2013.  Laser transmitter growth continues to be fueled by increases in fiber-optic network investments, which are needed to keep up with Internet traffic, video transmissions, new cloud-computing services, and the "Internet of Things."  Thanks to the spread of CMOS-based embedded cameras, total image sensor sales rebounded in 2014 with a 13% increase after slumping 3% in 2013.  Overall optoelectronics sales are forecast to grow by a CAGR of 9% from 2014-2019.  


• Pressure Sensors (Including MEMS-based Microphone Devices)
• Acceleration and Yaw Sensors (For Consumer, Cellphone, Automotive, and Other Systems)
• Magnetic-Field Sensors (including compass chips)
• MEMS-based Actuators
• Other Sensors (e.g., Temperature Sensors and Fingerprint ID Chips)

Sales of sensors and actuators nudged to a new all-time annual peak of $8.7 billion in 2013.  MEMS-based devices generated about 81% of sales in the sensors/actuators market in 2013.  Among MEMS-based products, only pressure sensors saw high growth in 2013.  Stronger economic conditions and an easing of price erosion are expected to boost the sales of MEMS-based sensors and actuators by about 14% in 2014.  With more devices being used in consumer electronics, smartphones, and other portable systems, MEMS-based product sales are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 12% in the 2013-2018 timeperiod. 


• Power Transistors and Modules
• Small-Signal Transistors
• Switching Transistors
• Diodes, Rectifiers, and Thyristors
• RF/Microwave Transistors and Modules

A half-century ago, transistors began as small-signal devices, aimed primarily at replacing bulky vacuum tubes in switching and amplification applications. Ten years later, transistors developed into integrated circuits, which then began to eliminate the need for many small-signal discrete devices. However, with 383 billion discretes shipped in 2014, the advent of ICs certainly has not stopped the growth of transistor products and other commodity solid-state discretes. In fact, discretes are seeing increased use in portable electronics applications such as laptop and tablet PCs and cellphones, which need more power transistors and other discretes in power management, switching power supplies, and battery-charging systems. In power discretes, a revolution is underway with GaN and SiC wafer materials replacing silicon technology for higher performance.




Mar 24, 2015
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