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   Date: 8th Sept 2010

Opto, sensor, and discrete semiconductor market driven by solid-state lighting demand

IC Insights in the fifth-edition 2010 O-S-D Report has suggested that the optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes (O-S-D) semiconductor device market 2010 will grow with Laser transmitters leading the way with an increase of 35% in 2010 to $358 million. The CMOS image sensors and MEMS-based sensors/actuators markets will record over $5.0 billion in sales and are each forecast to grow 34% in 2010.

O-S-D sales are being driven by strong demand for solid-state lighting products (for backlit displays in portable computers, LCD-TVs, cellphones, and other handheld systems as well as emerging new high-brightness LED-based illumination applications), CMOS image sensors, optical network laser transmitters, MEMS-based accelerometers and other sensor/actuator devices, and power discrete semiconductors .

Actuator sales are expected to increase 36% in 2010 and is forecast to climb to $3.4 billion in revenue in 2010, $50 million short of the all-time record of $3.45 billion set in 2006, according to the 2010 O-S-D Report. Built with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, actuators are getting a much-needed boost from strong shipments of radio-frequency (RF) filters and switches as well as MEMS oscillators, and from recovery in microfluidic devices and micro-mirror chips, which are being used in small digital projectors in handheld devices and new 3-D movie systems for theaters. Actuator sales are expected to grow 19% to $4.1 billion in 2011.

Optoelectronics sales are forecast to rise 27% in 2010 to $23.3 billion, while the total market for sensors/actuators is expected to surge by 33% to $6.8 billion. The commodity-filled discrete semiconductor market is projected to see a growth of 29% to $19.7 billion in 2010.

The combined O-S-D revenues are forecast to grow by growing 29% in 2010 reaching $49.8 billion. The 2009-2014 forecast period O-S-D revenues are expected to account for 17% of the semiconductor market.

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