Global Silicon on Insulator Market Size, Share, and COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Wafer Size (200 mm, 300 mm), By Wafer Type (RF-SOI, FD-SOI, PD-SOI, Others), By Technology (BESOI, SiMOX, Smart Cut, ELTRAN, and SoS), By Product (RF FEM, MEMS, Power, Optical Communication, Image Sensing), By Application (Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Datacom & Telecom, Industrial, Photonics, Others) and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa), Analysis and Forecast 2022 – 2032

Industry: Semiconductors & Electronics


Global Silicon on Insulator Market Insights Forecasts to 2032

  • The Silicon on Insulator Market Size was valued at USD 1.65 Billion in 2022.
  • The Market Size is Growing at a CAGR of 13.4% from 2022 to 2032.
  • The Worldwide Silicon Technology Market Size is expected to reach USD 5.8 Billion by 2032.
  • North America is expected to Grow the fastest during the forecast period

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The Silicon on Insulator Market Size is expected to reach USD 5.8 Billion by 2032, at a CAGR of 13.4% during the forecast period 2022 to 2032.


The silicon-on-insulator technology encompasses the use of stacked silicon-insulator-silicon substrates in place of conventional silicon in semiconductor manufacturing work. Without retooling or additional equipment in the existing facility, this technology is suitable for the fabrication process now utilized in the sector. Silicon on insulator technology has several advantages, including excellent performance, power savings, decreased leakage, no latch-up, compatibility, and simplicity of scaling. The manufacture of silicon semiconductor devices in layered silicon-insulator-silicon substrate is also referred to as silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. This technique overcomes the device's exploitation capacity and improves performance. The silicon junction of SOI-based devices is located atop an electrical insulator, typically silicon dioxide or sapphire (these kinds of devices are referred to as silicon on sapphire, or SOS), in contrast to conventional silicon-built devices. The selection of an insulator generally relies on the intended application; sapphire is used for high-performance radio frequency (RF) and radiation-sensitive applications, while silicon dioxide is used for other microelectronics devices with less short-channel effects. The insulating layer and top silicon layer vary significantly depending on the application as well. In addition, silicon is one of the most popular materials for semiconductors.


Global Silicon on Insulator Market Report Coverage

Report CoverageDetails
Base Year:2022
Market Size in 2022:USD 1.65 Billion
Forecast Period:2022-2032
Forecast Period 2022-2032 CAGR:13.4%
2032 Value Projection:USD 5.8 Billion
Historical Data for:2018-2021
No. of Pages:200
Tables, Charts & Figures:120
Segments covered:By Wafer Size, By Wafer Type, By Technology, By Product, By Application, By Region
Companies Covered:Shin-Etsu Chemical,, SUMCO Corporation, Soitec,  Global wafers Co.,, STMicroelectronics N.V., GlobalFoundries, NXP Semiconductors, Virginia Semiconductor Inc., IBM, Shanghai Simgui Technology Co. Ltd., SUMCO CORPORATION, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co.Ltd.,  Siltronic, Global Wafers Japan Co. Ltd., United Microelectronics Corporation, Silicon Valley Microelectronics Inc., Skyworks Solutions Inc, Soitec, GLOBAL FOUNDERS, STMicroelectronics N.V., Tower Semiconductor Ltd., Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. And other key venders
Pitfalls & Challenges:COVID-19 Empact,Challenges, Future, Growth, & Analysis

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Driving Factors

In the current year 2022, 5G service is accessible, while 6G roll-out is anticipated in 2025. With 10 times the responsiveness and data transmission rates of 4G, 5G represents a significant improvement. Furthermore, a variety of applications will be made possible by its speed, low latency, and dependability.  Power amplifiers, switches, movable capacitors, and filters are typically found in the radiofrequency (RF) front-end modules (FEM) of smartphones and tablets. Mobile devices can connect to the internet from a wider variety of locations by using RF silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) to adapt and hold cellular signals. Due to their low insertion loss, minimal harmonics, and great linearity over a broad frequency range at an affordable price, SOI wafers continue to be attractive in the mobile market. New technologies, such as FD-SOI and RF-SOI, can help systems provide high speed and bandwidth at minimal power.


Restraining Factors

The self-heating effects of silicon on insulator-based devices are significant barriers to the market's growth. A silicon-on-insulator wafer also has a variety of uses, but it is not still ideal for use in various applications. The main causes are the effects of silicon on insulator wafer-based devices' self-heating, floating bodies, and declined breakdown voltage. The maximum supply voltage at which silicon on insulator wafer-based circuits and devices can operate is severely constrained by decreased breakdown voltage levels. The silicon on the insulator wafer-based transistor cannot be turned off by adjusting the gate bias when the parasitic device is turned on.


Market Segmentation

By type Insights

The FD-SOI segment is dominating the market with the largest revenue share over the forecast period.

Based on wafer type, the global silicon on insulator market is RF-SOI, FD-SOI, PD-SOI, and others. Among these, the FD-SOI segment is dominating the market with the largest revenue share of 34.8% over the forecast period. FD-SOI (Fully Depleted Silicon on Insulator) segment is expected to hold the largest Silicon on Insulator (SOI) market share throughout the forecast period. FD-SOI uses an ultra-thin layer of silicon over a buried oxide as a means to overcome leakage and variation in chips. FDSOI also boasts a back-bias feature. The most captivating market for FD-SOI resides at the 28nm node. 28nm is expected to be a long-running node. But the bulk CMOS camp won't give up the 28nm market so easily. TSMC, for instance, recently diversified its process lineup with the latest and cheap 28nm bulk CMOS derivative.


By Technology Insights

The Smart cut segment is witnessing significant CAGR growth over the forecast period.

Based on technology, the global silicon-on-insulator market is segmented into BESOI, SiMOX, SMART CUT, ELTRAN, and SoS period. Over the forecast period, smart cut technology is expected to have the largest market share of Silicon on Insulator (SOI). A different benefit offered by smart cut technology is the transferred layer's superior quality and good thickness homogeneity. The remaining portion of the first wafer can also be used to create a new first or second wafer. It is also a very generic and adaptable process because it can be used to obtain a wide range of single-crystal layers on top of a variety of supports.


By product Insights

The RF FEM segment accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 57.2% over the forecast period.

Based on product, the global Silicon on Insulator Market is segmented into RF FEM, MEMS, Power, Optical Communication, and Image Sensing. Among these, the RF FEM segment is expected to hold the largest share of the silicon insulator market during the forecast period. The increased demand for RF FEM in the upcoming 5G Technology as well as consumer electronic devices like smartphones and laptops are factors affecting the segment's growth. Every smartphone makes use of RF chips made of RF-SOI wafers.


The photonics segment is expected to hold the largest share of the silicon-on-silicon-on-insulator market during the forecast period.

Based on the application, the global silicon on the insulator market is classified into consumer electronics, automotive, datacom and telecom, industrial, photonics, and others. Among these, the photonics segment is expected to hold the largest share of the silicon insulator market during the forecast period. Because it aids in the computation of precise readings and has robust operation capabilities, SOI finds a wide range of applications in sensors for satellites. The market for SOI will increase due to the advancement of photovoltaic technology and rising government spending to reduce carbon footprint. In addition, silicon photonics makes extensive use of SOI wafers. The crystalline silicon layer on the insulator can be used to create passive or active optical waveguides and other devices (for example, by performing the appropriate implantations). Based on total internal reflection, the buried insulator permits the propagation of infrared light in the silicon layer.


Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominates the market with the largest market share over the forecast period.


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Asia Pacific is dominating the market with more than 47.3% market share over the forecast period. The growing demand for consumer devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and smart wearables is credited with driving market growth. Additionally, government investments and the rise of several semiconductor foundry competitors and wafer producers support industry expansion. India, South Korea, China, and Taiwan will account for a sizeable portion of the market in the region due to expanding industrial applications, economic advancements, and technology adoption for various industrial operations. The dominance of the semiconductors industry in the region is another one of the main factors influencing the growth of the SOI market in the area. The presence of major chip manufacturers and foundries in APAC is anticipated to increase the region's demand for SOI wafers and thereby fuel the expansion of the silicon-on-insulator market in that region.


North America, on the contrary, is expected to grow the fastest during the forecast period. The main drivers of silicon growth in the region's insulator market are the rising demand for computers, gaming consoles, microprocessors, and mobile applications. Additionally, the presence of significant key players in the region, including GLOBAL FOUNDERS, IBM, and others, is anticipated to speed up the growth of the Silicon Insulator market over the course of the forecast period. The European market is expected to register a substantial CAGR growth rate during the forecast period.


List of Key Market Players

  • Shin-Etsu Chemical,
  • SUMCO Corporation,
  • Soitec,
  • Global wafers Co.,
  • STMicroelectronics N.V.
  • GlobalFoundries
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Virginia Semiconductor Inc.
  •  IBM
  •  Shanghai Simgui Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical Co.Ltd.
  •  Siltronic
  • Global Wafers Japan Co. Ltd.
  •  United Microelectronics Corporation
  • Silicon Valley Microelectronics Inc.
  • Skyworks Solutions Inc
  • Soitec
  • STMicroelectronics N.V.
  • Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
  • Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd.


Key Market Developments

  • On August 2021, Global Wafers Co., Ltd. (GWC) joined hands with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, to add a 300 mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer, manufacturing and expanding existing 200 mm SOI wafer production at GWC's MEMC facility. This collaboration builds GF's silicon wafer supply from the United States.


  • On August 2021, Tower Semiconductor Ltd. and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. signed an agreement to launch the silicon-validated SP4T RF-SOI switch reference development flow using the Cadence Virtuoso Design Platform and RF Solution. The reference design flow offers a faster path to develop closure for advanced 5G wireless, wireline infrastructure, and automotive IC product development.


Market Segment

This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2020 to 2032. Spherical Insights has segmented the Silicon on Insulator Market based on the below-mentioned segments:


Silicon on Insulator Market, Product Analysis

  • RF FEM
  • MEMS
  • Power
  • Optical Communication
  • Image Sensing


Silicon on Insulator Market, Wafer Size Analysis

  • 200 mm
  • 300 mm


Silicon on Insulator Market, Wafer Type Analysis

  • RF-SOI
  • FD-SOI
  • PD-SOI


Silicon on Insulator Market, Technology Analysis

  • SiMOX
  • Smart Cut
  • SoS


Silicon on Insulator Market, Application Analysis

  • Consumer Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Datacom & Telecom
  • Industrial
  • Photonics
  • Others


Silicon on Insulator Market, Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Uk
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of South America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & and Africa

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