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Soitec (France), Shin-Etsu (Japan), and GlobalWafers (Taiwan) are the Leading Players in the Silicon on Insulator Market


The silicon on insulator (SOI) technology effectively addresses the major concern of reducing power consumption while designing semiconductor devices. SOI offers benefits such as high performance, low parasitic junction capacitance, better temperature sensitivity, and reduction in leakage. The SOI technology is robust and can sustain in a high-temperature environment. The various applications of SOI are automotive, computing and mobile, entertainment and gaming, photonics, and telecommunications. The 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 growth of this market is propelled by the high demand for smartphones and other consumer electronics products. In addition, the growing popularity of 4G/LTE services and the future implementation of 5G architecture are expected to boost the SOI market growth.

Soitec (France), Shin-Etsu (Japan), and GlobalWafers (Taiwan) are the leading players in the SOI market. New product launches, contracts, agreements, expansions, acquisitions, partnerships, and collaborations are some of the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in this market.

Soitec is one of the key players in the SOI market. A pioneer in the development of the SOI technology, the company is the leading provider of SOI wafers, capturing more than 50% of the market share. The company primarily manufactures and supplies SOI wafers used to reduce the power consumption. Soitec also provides licensing to different companies for the sale of SOI wafers—for example, SEH America (Tokyo). The products offered by the company include digital SOI, which includes FDSOI, RFSOI, Power-SOI, and Photonics-SOI. It has a diversified product portfolio spread across different verticals, including automotive, IT, telecom, and industrial (manufacturing). Soitec also focuses on optimizing the product cost with collaboration with several Chinese manufacturers such as Shanghai Simgui Technology Co., Ltd. (Simgui) and Shanghai Industrial µTechnology Research Institute (SITRI) utilizing their production capacity. In March 2017, Soitec announced that it is ramping up the production of 200 mm SOI wafers at the manufacturing facility of its Chinese partner Simgui. This development is aimed at increasing the production of 200 mm SOI wafers to meet the market demand.

Shin-Etsu is one of the key suppliers of SOI wafers. The company engages in the manufacture and sale of industrial chemicals. It operates in five segments: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)/Chlor-Alkali Business, Specialty Chemical Business, Semiconductor Silicon Business, Electronics and Functional Materials Business, and Diversified Business. The company has a wide range of semiconductor and chemical-based products that are categorized into nine divisions: PVC, silicone, electronic materials, advanced materials, semiconductor materials, organic chemicals, new functional materials, special functional products, and international products. The company provides customized SOI wafers, which is a key differentiating point and a key strategy adopted by the company to target niche players. The company mainly focuses on organic growth strategies, investing into its own infrastructure and R&D labs. Shin-Etsu expanded its silicone business with a total investment of 434 million between January 2016 and October 2016. The company is planning to establish a new plant and expand its technical center in Japan.

The other companies operating in the SOI ecosystem are GlobalFoundries (U.S.), STMicroelectronics (Switzerland), NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands), Murata Manufacturing (Japan), Sony Corporation (Japan), MagnaChip Semiconductor (South Korea), TSMC (Taiwan), and Qualcomm (U.S.).

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