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Photosensitive Semiconductor Market - By Device (Photovoltaic Cells, Photodiode, Phototransistor, Photoresistor), By Application (Consumer Electronics, Optical Communication, Imaging & Sensing, Renewable Energy, Industrial, Automotive, Others), Forecast 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI9646
  • Published Date: May 2024
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Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Size

Photosensitive Semiconductor Market size was valued at USD 4.2 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 5% between 2024 and 2032. The rising incorporation of camera systems in mobile devices and the continuous consumer demand for smartphones have led to the evolution of image sensors.

Photosensitive Semiconductor Market

These sensors undergo constant development to provide high-quality images along with a miniaturized sensor module within smartphones. The image sensors also have applications in drones, robots, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and gesture-based gaming consoles. For instance, in September 2022, FUJIFILM Corporation launched the mirrorless digital camera, FUJIFILM X-H. The camera features the back-illuminated 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor and the high-speed X-Processor 5 capable of capturing high-resolution stills and high-definition 8K/30P video.

The increasing demand for energy-efficient, high-performance solutions to support the expansion of the automotive industry is driving extensive research and development (R&D) efforts in photosensitive semiconductors. These investments in R&D are resulting in the development of energy-efficient photosensitive semiconductor solutions, in line with global sustainability objectives and stimulating market demand from environmentally conscious consumers and industries. Globally, there is a surge in investments in startups poised to capitalize on the growing trends favoring the integration of photosensitive semiconductors, acknowledging the significant market potential of edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

The manufacturing of high-quality photosensitive semiconductor devices involves complex and specialized processes that require careful planning, advanced technology, and a skilled workforce. Thin films of materials, such as silicon dioxide, silicon nitride, and metal layers, are deposited onto the wafer using different techniques, such as Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), for smooth deposition. Subsequent etching processes are used to remove unwanted materials and create the desired circuit patterns and structures.


Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Trends

The increasing adoption of optoelectronic devices, such as OLED displays, high-brightness LEDs, and image sensors, in smartphones, tablets, laptops, televisions, wearables, and other consumer electronics devices is gaining traction and ensuring the progress of photosensitive semiconductor development. Optoelectronic devices utilize photosensitive semiconductor materials to emit light when forward-biased, enabling the development of energy-efficient and high-quality displays, lighting solutions, and illumination systems in consumer electronics, automotive, healthcare, and lighting industries.

For instance, in January 2024, FUJIFILM Corporation announced a capital investment of approximately USD 41 million in its Kumamoto site to further expand its Electronic Materials business. It will install a production facility for color filter materials used in image sensors at the Kyushu site of its manufacturing subsidiary, FUJIFILM Material Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is witnessing rapid growth in the photosensitive semiconductor market, driven by the increasing applications across various sectors. AI technologies, such as Machine Learning (ML), deep learning, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) are being integrated into semiconductor devices to enhance performance and efficiency. This integration is revolutionizing sectors, such as healthcare, automotive, and consumer electronics, creating new opportunities for semiconductor manufacturers and AI solution providers. Additionally, the growing need for high-performance computing solutions to process large volumes of data generated by AI applications is propelling the demand for AI-optimized semiconductor chips. Moreover, advancements in AI algorithms and the availability of massive datasets are further fueling market growth.

Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Analysis

Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Size, By Device, 2021-2032, (USD Million)

Based on device, the market is divided into photovoltaic cells, photodiode, phototransistor, and photoresistor. The photodiode segment is the fastest growing and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of over 10% between 2024 and 2032.

  • With the growing demand for photodiodes with higher response speeds, particularly in applications including optical communications and high-speed data transmission. The photodiodes can handle the rapid data rates required for various applications, ensuring smooth and uninterrupted data transmission. For instance, in February 2024, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. launched the new high-speed silicon PIN photodiode that improves visible light sensitivity. The product offers a low capacitance of 17.6 pF and quick switching times of 70 ns, making it suitable for accurate signal detection in wearable devices.
Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Share, By Application, 2023

Based on application, the photosensitive semiconductor market is segmented into consumer electronics, optical communication, imaging & sensing, renewable energy, industrial, automotive, and others. The consumer electronics segment dominated the market with a share of over 30% in 2023.

  • Continuous innovations in CMOS image sensor technology are enhancing the performance and capabilities of cameras in smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras. With the growing need for smart traffic management systems, the demand for photosensitive semiconductors in traffic detection & monitoring cameras is on the rise, facilitating efficient traffic flow and safety. For instance, in November 2023, Teledyne e2v, a Teledyne Technologies company and global innovator of imaging solutions, announced Emerald Gen2, its new state-of-the-art CMOS image sensor family. The sensors are ideal for a wide range of machine vision uses, outdoor surveillance, and traffic detection & monitoring cameras.
China Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Size, 2021-2032, (USD Million)

The photosensitive semiconductor market in Asia Pacific is undergoing a robust expansion, with a projected CAGR surpassing 10% from 2024 to 2032. This surge is propelled by advancements in imaging technologies, the proliferation of consumer electronics, the rise of automotive applications, and the escalating demand for energy-efficient & sustainable solutions across various sectors in the region. Countries including China, Japan, and South Korea are at the forefront of this growth, leveraging their technological prowess, extensive consumer electronics manufacturing capabilities, and commitment to renewable energy initiatives.

The increasing penetration of smartphones, digital cameras, and advanced imaging devices is catalyzing the demand for high-performance photosensitive semiconductors. These semiconductors are integral to the development of cutting-edge imaging sensors, photodetectors, and optoelectronic devices, which enhance image quality, sensitivity, and functionality.

Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Share

Teledyne Technologies Inc. and TE Connectivity held over 15% of the light control switches market share in 2023. Teledyne Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions primarily focused on instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. While Teledyne Technologies is not primarily known for its presence in the market, the company does have divisions and technologies that are relevant to this sector.

TE Connectivity is a global technology company that designs and manufactures connectivity and sensor solutions for a wide range of industries, including automotive, industrial, aerospace, and consumer electronics. While TE Connectivity is not primarily focused on photosensitive semiconductor manufacturing, its products often include components that may incorporate photosensitive semiconductor technology.

Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Companies

Major players operating in the photosensitive semiconductor industry are:

  • Teledyne Technologies Inc.
  • TE Connectivity
  • Addicore.
  • Fujifilm Corporation
  • Hamamatsu Photonics
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation

Photosensitive Semiconductor Industry News

  • In December 2021, Canon Inc. announced to start of mass production of the 3.2MP SPAD sensor for security cameras. As per the company, the SPAD sensor is a uniquely designed image sensor with each pixel possessing an electronic element. With CMOS sensors, the readout of the accumulated electronic charge contains electronic noise, which diminishes image quality due to how accumulated light is measured. Meanwhile, with SPAD sensors, noise does not interfere with the readout of light as electrical signals, which enables clear image capture of subjects free from signal noise and provides advantages such as greater sensitivity during image capture and high-precision distance measurement.
  • In December 2021, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation announced the development of the world’s first stacked CMOS image sensor technology containing Two-layer Transistor Pixels. The conventional CMOS image sensors' photodiodes and pixel transistors occupied the same substrate. The technology separates photodiodes and pixel transistors on different substrate layers. Moreover, the technology's pixel structure allows pixels to preserve or enhance their existing properties at current and smaller pixel sizes.

The photosensitive semiconductor market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) from 2024 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Device

  • Photovoltaic cells
  • Photodiode
  • Phototransistor
  • Photoresistor

Market, By Application

  • Consumer electronics
  • Optical communication
  • Imaging & sensing
  • Renewable energy
  • Industrial
  • Automotive
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Suraj Gujar , Sandeep Ugale

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The photosensitive semiconductor market was valued at USD 4.12 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at over 5% CAGR between 2024 and 2032, driven by extensive R&D initiatives.

The consumer electronics application segment of the market held over 30% share in 2023 and will expand rapidly through 2032, with the growing need for smart traffic management systems.

Asia Pacific photosensitive semiconductor market will witness over 10% CAGR from 2024 to 2032, propelled by advancements in imaging technologies.

Teledyne Technologies Inc, TE Connectivity, Addicore, Fujifilm Corporation, Hamamatsu Photonics, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation among others.

Photosensitive Semiconductor Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 12
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  • Countries covered: 21
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