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Optoeletronic sales to surpass discrete semiconductors'

Posted: 08 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optoeletronic? optoeletronics? optical electronics? IC Insights? market report?

The optoeletronic industry's revenue is set to grow by 13 percent to $16.8 billion in 2006, registering a new record for the industry, according to IC Insights. The market research firm further said that the optoeletronic industry's revenue for 2006 will surpass, for the first time, discrete semiconductors sales, which are expected to climb by 8 percent to $16.5 billion this year.

While strong dollar growth in power transistors has helped the discrete semiconductors market segment to recovery in 2006 after its decline by 3 percent in 2005, the segment still has a year to go before it surpasses it 2000 $16.9 billion record, according to the report from IC Insight. For 2007, discrete semiconductor sales are pegged to grow by 5 percent to $17.4 billion.

Meanwhile, the sensor and actuator segments are expected to scale up by 21 percent to a record-high $5.5 billion in 2006 from 2005's $4.5 billion. Although unit shipments are forecast to increase by 21 percent this year, IC Insight cites flat average selling prices as the cause for the lowered dollar growth this year.

Drivers of optoelectronic sales include image sensors, with revenues forecast to rise by 18 percent to about $7.5 billion in 2006, and with CMOS image sensors accounting for 60 percent of sales.

By 2010, the optoelectronic market is forecast to reach $29.1 billion, discrete semiconductors to $19.8 billion, and solid-state sensor/actuator devices to $11.4 billion.

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