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Global CS market to soar to $47.5 billion by 2017

The EMEA region is set to nearly double by 2017 to $16.4 billion
Global sales from compound semiconductor components totallednearly $25.5 billion in 2011 and should surpass $27 billion in 2012.

Total sales are expected to reach almost $47.5 billion in 2017 after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.9 percent according to a report by companiesandmarkets.com.

The Americas are expected to have sales worth nearly $5.2 billion in 2012 and $8.8 billion in 2017, a CAGR of 11.4 percent.

The EMEA region should have sales totaling nearly $8.5 billion in 2012 and nearly $16.4 billion in 2017, a CAGR of 14 percent.

One of the greatest values that compound semiconductors bring to the table is that of variety and customisation. It is not surprising then that compound semiconductors are the prime ingredients of some of the most complex semiconductor components ever synthesised and that this market is on the incline.

The advantages that compound semiconductors offer are higher operating speed, lower power consumption, lower noise, higher operating temperature, light emission/detection, and superior photovoltaic attributes compared to silicon. What's more, these attributes change from compound to compound, offering considerable design flexibility.

On the flip side, the variety of compounds works unfavorably in terms of scale and consequent pricing. Considering that these materials are pitted against silicon, the most widely available material with the most refined and cost-efficient fabrication process, there is a real danger of the competition being rendered lop-sided in favourof silicon.

However, it is not entirely accurate to compare and confine compound semiconductors to the benchmarks set by silicon.

These materials have a distinct character of their own and they spawn several use-cases of application that can be catered to only by them.


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