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Global Compound Semiconductor Component Sales To Reach $47.4 Billion In 2017


September 13th, 2012

Global Information Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "Global Markets and Technologies for Compound Semiconductors" by BCC Research.

Global sales from compound semiconductor components totaled nearly $25.5 billion in 2011 and should surpass $27 billion in 2012. Total sales are expected to reach nearly $47.5 billion in 2017 after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.9%.

The market for compound semiconductor components can be broken down into three regions: the Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), and APAC (Asia-Pacific).

The Americas are expected to have sales worth nearly $5.2 billion in 2012 and $8.8 billion in 2017, a CAGR of 11.4%.

EMEA should have sales totaling nearly $8.5 billion in 2012 and nearly $16.4 billion in 2017, a CAGR of 14%.

The APAC region is expected to have sales totaling nearly $13.4 billion in 2012 and nearly $22.3 billion in 2017, a CAGR of 10.7%.

Compound semiconductors provide a welcome departure from the cutthroat, cost-competitive scheme of silicon fabrication. It will not be out of place to mention that the bulk of innovation on the process and device front is driven by compound semiconductors and that they occupy a disproportionately large share of this activity. It is undisputable that compound semiconductors win hands down in terms of physical and chemical attributes over silicon. It is equally clear that silicon will continue to enjoy a substantial competitive advantage in terms of operating scale and availability for the foreseeable future.

Each component has its own dynamics, benefits and challenges with respect to levels of adoption of compound semiconductors. On a larger note, each component has its own market momentum dictated by the health of the end-application verticals as well as relevant macroeconomic factors. When these aspects are mapped for individual countries, they produce a fascinating collage of local market conditions that add to the larger picture. This report provides a granular view of individual country markets in volume and value terms for 17 key nations spanning all global regions.

This report will help its readers:

  • Measure and forecast the global market size for compound semiconductor-based components in value (dollar sales) and volume (shipment sales) terms
  • Analyze the stakeholder landscape in the compound semiconductor component value chain
  • Analyze the patenting activity involving compound semiconductor components
  • Compare component variables including preferred compounds, cost benefits of competing compounds, entry-level barriers, level of fragmentation, state of innovation, and attitude of governments in terms of support, as well as future avenues for market expansion.

The study will be of interest to laser and optical component makers, LED makers, RF power amplifier and front-end makers, solar/PV panel and cell makers, compound semiconductor material suppliers, and original equipment manufacturers and other integrators.

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