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Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, & Discretes Hit Record Sales Again

Combined sales of optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (known collectively as O-S-D) increased 9% in 2018 to reach a ninth consecutive record-high level of $82.4 billion, according to IC Insights’ new 2019 O-S-D Report—A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes.   The new annual report shows total O-S-D sales growing 6% in 2019 to reach a record-high $87.1 billion.

For the second year in a row, all three segments of O-S-D achieved all-time high sales in 2018 with different growth rates being driven by a variety of factors and market conditions in the year, says the new 350-page report.  O-S-D products accounted for 16% of the world’s $504.1 billion in total semiconductor sales in 2018 with the rest of the revenues coming from integrated circuits.

The 2018 increase in total O-S-D sales was nearly 1.5x the average annual growth rate for these semiconductors since the mid-1990s.  The O-S-D Report’s  five-year forecast shows revenue growth in optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes declining in 2019 and 2020 with the global economy slowing in the next two years (Figure 1).  All three O-S-D market segments are once again forecast to reach record-high revenues in 2019 with a “soft landing” expected to occur in most product categories during the slowdown in 2020.

While the expansion of total O-S-D sales was strong in 2018, this diverse group of semiconductors displayed a mixed bag of substantial and below-normal growth rates with average selling prices (ASPs) heading in different directions in the three market segments during the year, based on the findings of the new O-S-D Report.

Strong unit growth in optoelectronics (+18%) offset a significant drop in ASPs (-7%) to lift revenues in the opto market by 9% to $40.3 billion in 2018.  Meanwhile, inventory corrections and pullbacks in purchases of many sensors and actuators held back sales growth in this market segment, resulting in a modest 6% increase to $14.7 billion in 2018.  For the second year in a row, the commodity-filled discretes market increased by more than double its historical average annual growth rate, rising 11% in 2018 to $27.4 billion.  Discretes sales were exceptionally strong last year because continued shortages in power transistors, diodes, and other widely used devices, which caused the ASP for all discretes to surge by 12% in 2018, says the new O-S-D Report .

Report Details:  The 2019 O-S-D Report
In a one-of-a-kind study, IC Insights continues to expand its coverage of the semiconductor industry with detailed analysis of trends and growth rates in the optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discretes market segments in its newly revised 350-page O-S-D Report—A Market Analysis and Forecast for the Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes.

Now in its 14th annual edition, the 2019 O-S-D Report  contains a detailed forecast of sales, unit shipments, and selling prices for more than 30 individual product types and categories through 2023. Also included is a review of technology trends for each of the segments.  The 2019 O-S-D Report , with more than 240 charts and figures, is attractively priced at $4,190 for an individual-user license and $7,290 for a multi-user corporate license.

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For more information regarding this Research Bulletin, please contact Rob Lineback, Senior Market Research Analyst at IC Insights. Phone: +1-817-731-0424 email: 

3 comments on “Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, & Discretes Hit Record Sales Again

  1. Charlotte
    April 9, 2019

    Thank you for the post. 

  2. vanphongphamvinacom
    April 26, 2019

    Thank you!

  3. MillaJavovich
    July 19, 2019

    It's quite impressive news that the sales different electronic equipment has been the best this year. Their sales have broken the records because of the quality of their product. Their most popular products are optoelectronics, sensors, actuators and semiconductors. I like to see this website because in my thoughts it is very informative and helpful.

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