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The VCSEL industry took a strategic turn last year with the release of the latest iPhone. Indeed the leading smartphones manufacturer, Apple revealed to the entire world a new smartphone with innovative 3D sensing function based on VCSEL technology. Apple’s technical choice directly impacted the VCSEL industry and Yole Développement (Yole) announces today impressive market figures in its new technology and market report, VCSEL - Technology, Industry and Market Trends: more than 3.3 billion units in 2023 with a 31% CAGR between 2017 and 2023. This explosion is changing the future of all players of the VCSELs supply chain including: OEMs , integrators, device manufacturers, epi houses, foundries, equipment and material suppliers.

VCSEL - Technology, Industry and Market Trends report performed by Yole, presents an in-depth analysis of the VCSEL industry with its supply chain and competitive landscape. It exposes a comprehensive review of the main VCSEL applications including in-depth analysis of the consumer and automotive landscapes with 3D sensing, LiDAR and gas sensing. Under this report, Yole details VCSEL device market size, broken down by application and segment, and the related MOCVD reactor market. In addition, Yole’s analysts bring to light a significant overview of the VCSEL IP landscape. VCSEL manufacturing processes, associated challenges, recent trends and player positioning are also well analyzed.

3D sensing – and more – in smartphones will drive the VCSEL market for the next five years, announces the market research and strategy consulting company. Make sure to get an up-to-date picture today of this explosive market.

Data communications was the first industrial application to start integrating VCSELs. Their sweet spot has been in short-distance data communication due to their low power consumption and competitive price compared to EELs . Driven by the development of datacenters, the VCSEL market and production boomed in the 2000s with the internet’s popularity, and then grew steadily. Some new applications for VCSEL emerged, like laser printers and optical mice, but weren’t strong growth drivers.
Only in 2014, almost 20 years since the first use of the technology in datacom, VCSELs started to make their way into high volume consumer smartphones. But this coupling with sensors for proximity sensing and autofocus functions was only the beginning of the VCSEL success story.
“In 2017 Apple released the iPhone X, with a 3D sensing function based on this technology,” explains Pierrick Boulay, Technology & Market Analyst at Yole. And he explains: “The iPhone X integrates three different VCSEL dies for the proximity sensor and the Face ID module, and made the VCSEL market explode in 2017, propelling overall revenue to about US$330 million.”... Full article


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