A semiconductor laser is an electrically-pumped system wherein the active medium is formed by the p-n junction of a semiconductor diode, similar to that found in a LED. Laser diodes are rapidly becoming an indispensible part of modern technology and are being used in applications such as CD players, communications, laser printers, industrial processing machineries, laser pointers, and research & development. Laser diodes offer several advantageous features over the conventional laser systems such as solid state lasers and gas lasers, because of their small size and weight, low voltage, current and power requirements, high electrical efficiency and low maintenance and wide-angle beam. These advantages of semiconductor lasers are expanding its applications in medical, consumer electronics and other growing sectors. Low output of semiconductor lasers is limiting its adopting in high power applications such deep space communication and industrial applications. However, continuous development in designing and materials to improve the output power of semiconductor lasers is expected to help manufacturers to overcome this challenge in the near future.
There are different types of semiconductor lasers include fiber optic lasers, compact disc lasers, high power diode lasers, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, red lasers, violet lasers, green lasers and blue lasers. Fiber optic lasers are used in communication application and accounted for the largest market share in the global semiconductor laser market. This segment is expected to see a steady growth through the forecast period with growing demand for high broadband services and its growing acceptance in marine and space communication. High power diode lasers are expected to observe the fastest growth through the forecast period 2014 – 2019, with its growing applications for material processing, solid-state laser pumping, fiber laser pumping, solid state laser pumping, space communication, defense and optoelectronics manufacturing. Blue lasers, violet and green lasers are rapidly replacing red lasers in many applications such printing, optical storage devices and defense due to their high efficiency and high brightness.
Semiconductor lasers are used directly or indirectly in wide range of applications include communication, optical storage devices, lithography, healthcare, defense, research and development (R&D), sensors, display, printing and industrial system manufacturing. Semiconductor laser used for communication applications accounted for the largest share in the global semiconductor laser market. Printing application segment is expected to see the fastest growth because of its rising applications in office and other commercial printing. Semiconductor lasers are also expected to see a significant demand from sensors manufacturing, display manufacturing, industrial machinery and healthcare industry.
Asia Pacific represents the largest regional market for semiconductor lasers and accounted for 37.5% of revenue share in 2013. Asia Pacific is also expected to see the fastest growth in the global semiconductor lasers market due to rapidly growing industrialization, industrial automation, increasing demand for computer, display and communication devices.
The market is consolidated and involves a few key players. Coherent Inc. the leading supplier of semiconductor lasers in the global market. Some other major players in this market include ASML Holding NV, Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc, Trumpf GmbH + Co KG and IPG Photonics Corp, Axcel Photonics Inc and Newport Corp.
Semiconductor lasers are made by semiconductor compound. In these lasers, light amplification is done by using active semiconductor materials. Semiconductor lasers are rapidly becoming indispensible part of modern lasers based systems and replacing conventional lasers in range of applications. This report has been prepared to provide in-depth analysis of the semiconductor lasers market with current trends and forecast for the period 2014 – 2020. The global semiconductor lasers market is expected to grow at a significant rate with rising awareness about the advantages of these lasers over other conventional lasers. Semiconductor lasers are small in size, requires miliwatts of power and more efficient than conventional lasers which makes them optimum choice in manufacturing of laser based systems. Compact size and low cost of semiconductor lasers also makes them an ideal choice for small electronic devices such as CD, DVDs and other optical data storage devices. In addition, improving global economic conditions and financial position of industrial and commercial users are expected to spur the demand for semiconductor lasers in the next six years. Emerging technologies such as green, blue and violet lasers are expected to gain market share steadily with continuous development in the output power and brightness. The global semiconductor lasers market was valued at USD 4.8 billion in 2013 and is expected to cross USD 7.7 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 7.1% through forecast period.
This study highlights recent developments and dynamics in the global semiconductor lasers market. The report includes detailed analysis of market growth and inhibiting factors in the global market. High level analysis such as Porter’s Five Forces Analysis and competitive overview helps to understand the degree of competition and market winning strategies to be adopted in this market. In-depth value chain analysis will help to understand raw material supply trends, manufacturing process, laser component and end product supply trends in the global semiconductor laser industry. The report also highlights key potential segments in the market, which helps semiconductor laser suppliers to develop their investment and product development strategies.
We have classified the global semiconductor laser market based on type and application. The report also includes trends and dynamics in different types of semiconductor lasers and provides market size and forecast for each type for the period 2012 - 2020. The report also highlights the potential segments in the market. In addition, extensive analysis is done to cover all regional trends and dynamics in Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World (RoW). Report also highlights how regulations and policies across the world are boosting the demand for semiconductor lasers.
The report also includes profiles of the key players in the global semiconductor lasers industry which include their business overview, key market winning strategies, financial overview and recent developments. The report also highlights entry barriers and key strategies to be considered by new entrants looking invest in the semiconductor laser industry in the near future. This report will help all players across the value chain of semiconductor laser industry in their tactical decision making.
The semiconductor lasers market is segmented as below:
- Fiber optic lasers (FOL)
- Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL)
- Compact disc lasers (CDL)
- High power diode lasers (HPDL)
- Red lasers
- Violet lasers
- Green lasers
- Blue lasers
- Optical storage devices
- Defense and R&D
- North America
- Rest of the World