Silicon on Insulator Market to be worth $1.8 Billion by 2022

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the Silicon-on-Insulator(SOI) market is expected to be valued at USD 1,859.3 Million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 29.1% between 2017 and 2022. The factors that are driving the growth of this market include the growth in the consumer electronics market, low wafer and gate cost, low operating voltage, and miniaturization of semiconductor devices.

The 300 mm Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) wafers are expected to lead the overall SOI market by 2022. A 300 mm wafer is the latest size category in the SOI market. FDSOI wafers - the latest addition to the SOI wafer type segments-are built on the 300 mm wafers. RF Chips are already being produced on 300 mm, which will further boost the demand for 300 mm wafers. Soitec, in partnership with its Chinese partner Simgui, is planning to roll out the production of 300 mm RFSOI wafers. Also, the leading chip manufacturers, including Broadcom (U.S.), Qorvo (U.S.), Qualcomm (U.S.), and Murata (Japan), are planning to start the production of 300 mm wafers.

The SOI market for FDSOI wafers is expected to grow at a significant rate between 2017 and 2022. FDSOI is the next version of PDSOI wafers. FDSOI wafers stand out from the conventional bulk CMOS wafers as they have two additional layers. They are around 4-5 times costlier than the conventional bulk CMOS, but the chips produced on these wafers have enhanced performance, better power efficiency, and reduction in the energy consumption. The wafers are produced over the 300 mm SOI wafers and are competing with the FinFET technology.

APAC is one of the key growth regions for the SOI market. It has been the fastest in adopting SOI products compared with other regions. This early start has kick-started the market; thus, from the demand side, APAC is a major player. APAC is witnessing high applicability of SOI owing to the presence of a large number of consumer electronics companies, smartphone manufacturers, and advanced ICT technologies. The high demand for smartphones is one of the key factors contributing to the market growth, as 99% of the smartphones make use of SOI wafers.

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