Silicon on Insulator (SOI) Market Size & Share, by Wafer Size (200mm, 300mm); Wafer Type (RF-SOI, FD-SOI, PD-SOI); Technology (BESOI, SiMOX, Smart Cut); Product (MEMS Devices, RF FEM Products, Optical Communication, Image Sensing); Application (Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Datacom & Telecom, Industrial, Photonics) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 5270
  • Published Date: Sep 27, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024 - 2036

Silicon on Insulator Market size is poised to surpass USD 10 Billion by the end of 2036, witnessing around 14.6% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of silicon on insulators was over USD 3 Billion. The market is accelerating due to a rise in demand for micro electric devices with low power, high performance, and small form factors. Around 740 million mobile subscriptions were available globally in the year 2000.

Furthermore, the SOI market is expanding owing to the growing demand for gaming consoles around the globe. Over 227 million people in the US play video games one to a few hours per week. Approximately 74% of US households consist of at least one member who plays video games. Thus, the increasing number of gamers is escalating the market growth.

Silicon on Insulator Market Overview
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Silicon on Insulator Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing Adoption of 5G in Mobile Communication –High-speed and power-efficient processors, which are required for 5G technology, can be made utilizing SOI technology. In high-performance, power-efficient systems like 5G base stations, mobile devices, and data centers, SOI wafers are the best choice due to their distinct electrical and thermal features. In 2023, 5G-enabled smartphones are anticipated to account for more than 58% of all sales. Thus, the growing adoption of 5G is driving the SOI market growth.
  • Surging Adoption of IoT devices – Since SOI wafers are required in the production of the chips used in these technologies, the rise of the IoT is also anticipated to increase demand for them. China will have almost 8 billion consumer IoT devices by 2030, making it the country with the most of them. In the approaching years, the market expansion of SOI is anticipated to be driven by the rising need for improved communication technologies and the expanding use of IoT and AI applications.
  • Growing Demand for Electronic Products - The primary driving force behind the market's expansion is the rising demand for a wide range of electronic products and applications. By 2023, internet sales in the consumer electronics sector will account for 30.6% of all revenue.


  • Process control in Silicon on Insulator Wafers and Circuit Design Complexity – The complex semiconductor manufacturing process poses hurdles in establishing the processes required for next-generation SOI technology, reducing the process’s systematic errors. Another issue with SOI has been circuit design, which necessitates new techniques from a technical standpoint. This factor is likely to hamper the market growth.
  • Self-heating effects in SOI wafer-based Devices
  • Lack of Skilled Labour Force

Silicon on Insulator Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 14.6%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

 ~ USD 3 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

 ~ USD 10 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Silicon on Insulator Segmentation

Wafer Type (RF-SOI, FD-SOI, PD-SOI)

The FD-SOI segment in the silicon on insulator market is anticipated to hold a share of 39.5% by the end of 2036. Due to features like high flexibility, simple implementation, low cost, decreased complexity, lower leak currents, and the capacity to optimize power/performance trade-offs, the market is expanding. Also, to expand their product offerings and meet the rising demand for FD-SOI wafers, a number of FD-SOI wafer producers are concentrating on product launches and partnerships with other companies in the silicon-on-insulator market. For instance, Google and Skywater Technology, a US foundry, extended their open-source chip development work to a 90 nm FD-SOI technology in August 2022.

Application (Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Datacom & Telecom, Industrial, Photonics)

Silicon on insulator market from the consumer electronics segment is expected to hold a share of 31.2% during the forecast period. The size, power consumption, operational speed, and battery life of consumer devices like smartphones, tablets, wearables, laptops, cable modems, and televisions have all been decreased due to the adoption of SOI-based wafers. Additionally, these wafers have improved performance and are less temperature-sensitive. As a result, SOI is growing in demand in consumer electronics.

Our in-depth analysis of the global SOI market includes the following segments:

          Wafer Size

  • 200mm
  • 300mm

          Wafer Type

  • RF-SOI
  • FD-SOI
  • PD-SOI


  • SiMOX
  • Smart Cut


  • MEMS Devices
  • RF FEM Products
  • Optical Communication
  • Image Sensing


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

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Silicon on Insulators Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

Asia Pacific silicon on insulator market is projected to hold a share of 41.7% during the forecast period. The silicon on insulator (SOI) market is expanding significantly in the Asia Pacific area, which is mostly due to rising investments and soaring consumer electronics demand. The Telecom segment of the SOI industry is anticipated to prosper in the region due to the growing demand for wireless communications. As per a report, with a total subscriber base of 2,755 million in 2021, Asia-Pacific saw an 11% increase in the number of mobile connection subscribers. These factors are driving the market growth in the region.

North American Market Statistics

North America SOI market is expected to hold a share of 36.3% during the foreseen period.  The growth can be accredited to an increase in silicon on insulator demand primarily driven by the expansion of the consumer electronics and semiconductor industry. Customers' increasing concern for the environment and government regulations in the North American region has led to a rise in demand for SOI wafers in the automotive industry, where they are employed in electric vehicles.

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Companies Dominating the Silicon on Insulator Landscape

    • GlobalFoundries Inc
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • NXP Semiconductors N.V.
    • STMicroelectronics
    • Soitec
    • Caporus Technologies

In the News

  • February 2020 - The top specialty foundry in the world, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and one of the top three silicon wafer producers in the world, GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., today announced they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a long-term supply deal for 300mm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers.
  • July 2023 - Innovative infrared (IR) sensor for presence and motion detection in building automation is revealed by STMicroelectronics.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma

  • Report ID: 5270
  • Published Date: Sep 27, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing adoption of 5G in mobile communication, surging adoption of IoT devices, and growing demand for electronic products.

The market size of silicon on insulator is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 14.6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036.

The major players in the market are NXP Semiconductors N.V., STMicroelectronics, Soitec, Caporus Technologies, Toshiba Materials Co., Ltd., TDK Corporation, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation, NTT Corporation, KYODO INTERNATIONAL INC and others.

The FD-SOI segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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