September 8, 2010 – In what is shaping up as a banner year for semiconductor sales in general, records will fall in multiple categories of sensors, optoelectronics, and discrete devices (OSD), with the combined sector growing 29% to nearly $50B, according to a new report from IC Insights.
The OSD sector makes up about 16% of overall semiconductor sales (the other 84% come from ICs), and will slightly exceed IC sales growth through 2014, says Rob Lineback, senior market analyst. Broken out, optoelectronics sales will rise 27% to $23.3B this year; discretes (mainly commodity devices) will surge 29%, a 15-year high, to $19.7B; and the sensors/actuators market will rise 33% to $6.8B.
|Top growth for 2010. (Source: IC Insights)|
Key drivers behind this growth:
- Solid-state lighting, for a range of applications: backlit displays in portable computers, LCD TVs, cell phones and other handheld devices, and emerging high-brightness LED-based illumination applications.
- Sensor/actuator devices, notably MEMS-based accelerometers. Actuator sales will surge 36% this year after a three-year lull to $3.4B, and another 19% in 2011 to a record $4.1B. These MEMS-based devices are getting a boost from demand for RF filters and switches, MEMS oscillators, and microfluidic devices and micromirror chips used for projectors in handheld devices and 3D movie systems.
- Other areas of demand: Power discrete semiconductors, CMOS image sensors, and optical network laser transmitters.