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2014 O-S-D Report - A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes

2014 O-S-D Report - A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes

IC Insights, Date of Publication: Mar 19, 2014, 350 Pages




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.

The 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. 

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

The 2014 edition, published in March 2014, features 350 pages and more than 230 charts and illustrations. 

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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 230 tables, graphs, and illustrations, the O-S-D Reportprovides 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 2018; 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 2013 despite a dramatic slowdown in LED growth.  High-brightness LED sales increased just 9% in 2013, the slowest growth in 12 years.  Meanwhile, CMOS image sensors continued to grab marketshare from CCDs, but sales of both devices slowed due to inventory corrections in camera phones.  Laser transmitter sales surged 48% in 2013, pushing above $1.0 billion as optical-network operators scrambled to keep up with huge increases in Internet traffic and video transmissions.  Overall optoelectronics sales are forecast to rise by a CAGR of 9% in the next five years, driven by laser transmitters, HB-LEDs, and CMOS image sensors for new embedded applications.


  High-Brightness and Standard LEDs


• 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 356 billion discretes shipped in 2013, 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.

Power Transistors and Modules



Section 1. Executive Summary 

Section 2. Semiconductor Market Outlook 

The Electronic System/Semiconductor Relationship 
Semiconductor Content 
Worldwide GDP Outlook and Impact on Semiconductor Growth 
Worldwide Electronic System Production
The Global Semiconductor Market
Semiconductor Market History and Forecast
The "New" Semiconductor Industry Cycle Model
Semiconductor Market Forecast Assumptions
2014 Industry Forecast
2015 2018 Industry Forecast Assumptions
2008 2018 Unit, Dollar, and ASP Analysis
The Changing O S D Landscape
Unit Volume Trends 
Market Forecast by Region
Top Suppliers of Opto, Sensor/Actuator, and Discrete Devices 

Section 3. O S D Market Overview by Device Type 

Section 4. Optoelectronics Market  


Optoelectronics Forecast 

Optoelectronics Regional Markets and End Use Applications

Top Optoelectronics Suppliers

Laser Recovery Finally Begins in Transmitters
Image Sensors
CMOS Image Sensor Supplier Consolidation and Expansion
Camera Phones and Other CMOS Image Sensor Apps
High Brightness LEDs
LED Oversupply Opens the Market For New Applications
LED Supplier Base Swells

Section 5. Sensors and Actuators Market 


Sensor/Actuator Forecast 

Sensor/Actuator Applications and Regional Marketshare 

Top Suppliers
MEMS based Product Growth
Sensors Market Segment Outlook
Pressure Sensors
Acceleration & Yaw Sensors
Magnetic Field Sensors
Temperature Sensors
Application Specific Sensor Trends
MEMS based Microphone Devices
Fingerprint Sensor Growth

Section 6. Discretes Market 


Discretes Forecast 

Regional Discretes Markets
Top Discretes Suppliers
Power Transistor Outlook
Automotive Applications
RF/Microwave Discrete Devices 

Section 7. Optoelectronics Technology

Advancements in Silicon Optoelectronics

Optical Network Communications

Laser Transmitter Trends
Optical Storage Lasers
Blue Laser Challenges
Optocouplers and Optical Isolation
Image Sensors
How CCDs and CMOS Devices Work
CMOS Imaging Challenges and New Solutions
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
Solid State Lighting Progress
White LED Lighting Challenges
Moving LEDs to Larger Wafers

Section 8. Sensors and Actuators Technology 

Cranking Up Volume, Lowering Costs
MEMS based Transducers
Inertial Sensors (Accelerometers & Gyroscope Devices)
Inertial Sensors Invade Volume Applications
Accelerometers and Gyroscopes Evolve
Combining Accelerometers with Gyroscopes and "Sensor Fusion"
Pressure Sensors
Tire Pressure Measurement Systems
Magnetic, Temperature, and Proximity Sensors
Magnetometer Electronic Compasses
Electric Field Sensing
Fingerprint Sensors
MEMS based Actuators
Microfluidic Devices
Micro Mirrors and Spatial Light Modulation
MEMS based RF Filters and Silicon Oscillators

Section 9. Discretes Technology

60 Years of Proliferation and Specialization
Diodes Keep Getting Smaller
Discrete Transistor Improvements
Power Transistor Evolution
High and Low Voltage MOSFETs
Higher Voltage Superjunction MOSFETs
Power MOSFET Packaging Trends
Bipolar Power Transistors
RF and Microwave Transistors
Silicon RF vs. Compound Semiconductors
Gallium Nitride & Silicon Carbide Power Transistors
GaN vs. SiC
GaN and SiC Diode Advancements

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