Global Silicon on Insulator Market - 2022-2029
Silicon on insulator market size was worth US$ XX million in 2021 and is estimated to reach US$ XX million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 15.6% during the forecast period (2022-2029).
One of the most popular semiconductor materials is silicon. Usually, it is easy to transform into a pure single crystal. Silicon is stable at high temperatures, unlike certain other semiconductor materials. Probably the most important aspect that has contributed to silicon's success as a semiconductor material is its excellent chemical and electrical properties due to the thermal development of SiO2.
Instead of conventional silicon in semiconductor manufacturing activity, silicon on insulator technology specifies the use of stacked silicon-insulator-silicon substrate. The technology is compatible with the fabrication process now utilized in the sector without retooling or additional equipment in the existing facility. Silicon on Insulator technology has many advantages, including excellent performance, power savings, decreased leakage, no latch-up, compatibility and ease of scalability.
The drivers propelling the growth of the SOI market are the increased demand for 5G in mobile communications and the expanding use of AI and ML in consumer electronics. The effects of self-heating, floating bodies and decreased breakdown voltage in SOI wafer-based devices are anticipated to harm market growth.
The growing adoption of FD-SOI in IoT devices and ML applications
As FD-SOI technology ensures ultra-low power consumption, ultra-low current leakage, tiny and dense packaging and IoT devices' cost-efficiency, there is more potential for novel IoT devices and applications. Reverse bias properties of FD-SOI wafer-based devices allow them to operate at low voltages without suffering from space or financial constraints. Therefore, the most efficient method applied to IoT devices is FD-SOI. The silicon on the insulator market is anticipated to expand as FD-SOI-based IoT solutions are increasingly deployed in automotive and network infrastructure applications.
For example, the 22FDX 22 nm FDSOI process technology platform from GLOBALFOUNDRIES (US) provides efficient performance for integrated, low-power applications. One of the new markets where FD-SOI is making progress in machine learning. The exploration of the design space for power devices can be accelerated greatly by machine learning approaches, which will ultimately shorten the time taken to market for the final product. Additionally, the inference time for devices based on SOI wafers can be significantly shortened by the breakdown voltage prediction utilizing machine learning models.
Growing demand for 5G communications
Since three decades ago, new datacom and telecom applications and services have been made possible by a new generation of mobile communication technology. The need for mobile data is growing every two years. With 6G service expected to launch in 2030, 5G service started in 2019. 5G can increase data transmission speeds by up to 10 times thanks to ten more connected devices per square kilometer and ten times faster reaction times than 4G. As the telecoms sector moves to 5G, smartphones now on the market include produced SOI wafers and demand for specialized RF solutions is skyrocketing.
To fulfill the demands of this rapidly expanding 5G market, sophisticated designed SOI wafer substrates are necessary. To promote next-generation user experiences, new deployment patterns and service delivery, 5G has been created with greater capacity. With its high speed, high reliability and low latency, 5G is set to elevate the mobile ecosystem to new heights. Three connected service types—mobile broadband, mission-critical communications and the Internet of Things—utilize 5G.
Effects of self-heating, floating bodies and decreased breakdown voltage in SOI wafer-based devices
An SOI wafer provides many benefits but is not frequently chosen for usage in various applications. The primary causes include SOI wafer-based devices' decreased breakdown voltage, floating body and self-heating effects. The greatest supply voltage at which SOI wafer-based circuits and devices may run is severely constrained by reduced breakdown voltage levels.
The body terminal in SOI wafer-based devices is either fastened to the gate or allowed to float, referred to as a floating body. Device efficiency should increase and power consumption should be decreased owing to the floating body. The impact ionization-induced holes are responsible for the effect's positive charge buildup in the transistor's silicon body.
In SOI wafer-based devices, an active thin silicon body is positioned on silicon oxide, a good thermal insulator. In SOI wafer-based devices, this rise in temperature of the tiny active body reduces mobility and current, which may harm or lessen their overall performance. Consequently, the self-heating, floating body and reduced breakdown voltage in SOI wafer-based devices restrict market expansion.
COVID-19 Impact Analysis
In 2020, the SOI market suffered due to the emergence and spread of COVID-19, which led to a decline in SOI shipment volume. The revenues from them decreased as a result of this. As a result, the market's growth trajectory experienced a pause in the first half of 2020. The pattern persisted through the first quarter of 2021. As production volume and demand from consumer electronics, automotive, datacom & telecom, industrial and military, defense and aerospace applications are anticipated to rise in the first or second quarter of 2022, the demand for SOI is anticipated to soar.
By end-user, the silicon on insulator market is segmented into automotive, consumer electronics, industrial and others.
The growing initiatives in the automotive sector
During the projection period, the silicon in the insulator market for automotive applications is anticipated to develop at the greatest CAGR. The adoption of FD-SOI and power-SOI wafer-based chips in autonomous vehicles, infotainment systems and advanced driver-assistance systems is credited with driving the expansion of the automotive application by top SOI ecosystem participants like Soitec (ADAS).
Leading automakers also utilize the numerous benefits of SOI-based semiconductors across various applications and automotive networking protocols, including BMW, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors and Volkswagen. Consequently, these elements are anticipated to generate profitable opportunities for the participants in the SOI ecosystem soon.
The rising demand for consumer electronics in Asia-Pacific
The increased demand for consumer electronics, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and smart wearables, is to blame for the market expansion in Asia-Pacific. Additionally, the SOI market's growth in Asia-Pacific is fueled by the rising investments and expansions of major semiconductor foundry players and wafer makers in this area. The significance of the semiconductors sector in the region is another key factor fueling the SOI market growth in Asia-Pacific.
The presence of significant chip manufacturers and foundry companies in the Asia-Pacific is anticipated to raise the region's demand for SOI wafers and consequently fuel the expansion of the SOI market in the region. Additionally, it is anticipated that the region's high demand for consumer electronics will support the market expansion there. The market's expansion in Asia-Pacific will also be fueled by a greater emphasis on organic and inorganic growth tactics such as product launches, agreements, collaborations and partnerships.
To strengthen their positions in the silicon on insulator business, the leading companies have taken a variety of methods, including product portfolio expansion, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, geographic expansion and collaborations.
Using the Cadence Virtuoso Design Platform and RF Solution, Tower Semiconductor Ltd. and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. introduced the silicon-validated SP4T RF-SOI switch reference design flow in August 2021. The reference design pipeline offers a quicker route to design closure for developing advanced 5G wireless, wireline infrastructure and automotive IC products.
Major global silicon on insulator market companies includes GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., Globalfoundries Inc., Sumco Corporation, Murata Manufacturing, NXP Semiconductors N.V., Shanghai Simgui Technology Co., Ltd., Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Soitec S.A., STMicroelectronics N.V. and Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
Overview: STMicroelectronics N.V. designs, develops, produces and sells semiconductor integrated circuits and discrete devices with more than 25 years of experience. The company's products employ the telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, computer and industrial sectors. Geographically, customers are concentrated in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. It has 14 cutting-edge production facilities and around 200,000 clients.
Product Portfolio: The business offers FD-SOI, RF-SOI and MEMS to various end-use sectors. Innovative RF Silicon on Insulator (SOI) solutions from ST make it possible to construct various cutting-edge RF Front-End Modules (FEMs), including 5G technology modules. The extensive line-up of automotive-grade MEMS sensors offered by ST involves both low-g and high-g digital accelerometers, digital 3-axis gyroscopes and 6-axis system-in-packages that combine a 3D digital accelerometer and a 3D digital gyroscope. The AEC-Q100 standard qualifies these sensors. ST provides a wide range of critical design blocks accessible to designers to assist designs in 28nm FD-SOI.
Key Development: For the next generation of sophisticated vehicle electronics, STMicroelectronics N.V.'s Stellar SR6 automotive microcontrollers (MCUs) for automotive industry leaders were released in June 2021. For high system reliability and availability for ISO 26262 functional-safety applications up to ASIL-D, Stellar SR6 MCUs use ST's reliable FD-SOI process technology, which offers exceptional soft error rate (SER) immunity.
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