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Global Markets and Technologies for Photonic Crystals

Global Markets and Technologies for Photonic Crystals

  • September 2015
  • 179 pages
  • ID: 1105923
  • Format: PDF
  • BCC Research


Table of Contents

Use this report to:
- Receive market forecast for overall components and modules internalizing photonic crystals in value terms for each individual component and module, as well as in volume terms wherever possible.
- Analyze market dynamics for each of the component and module using photonic crystals, along with theoretical and practical treatises of photonic crystal adoption.
- Examine the individual photonic crystal component and module market along photonic crystal dimensions, including the three–dimensional market.

- The global market for components and modules using photonic crystals was valued at nearly $6 billion in 2014. This market is expected to reach $7.3 billion in 2015 and nearly $17.4 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.9% from 2015 to 2020.
- The dollar sales of light-emitting devices or diodes (LEDs) using photonic crystals are expected to increase from $2.2 billion in 2015 to $5 billion in 2020, with a CAGR of 17.6% from 2015 to 2020.
- The global market for biosensors using photonic crystals is expected to increase from $96 million in 2015 to $522 million in 2020, with a highest CAGR of 40.3% from 2015 to 2020.

Introduction & Scope

This report is an update of PHO004A, published in February 2013. The distant, yet potent promise of a debut in mobile handsets has added new dimensions to the dynamic of photonic crystals. Photonic crystal stakeholders are eagerly looking forward to Samsung following up on its plan to introduce handset displays based on that technology. Otherwise, photonic crystals have been waiting to get their rightful due after spending almost a century in relative obscurity. A combination of technology and business factors has kept large–scale commercialization of photonic crystals in particular and photonic circuitry in general at bay.
Absence of reliable fabrication methodologies is often cited as the principal reason that hinders the progress of photonic crystals. One should also look at the unwillingness and apprehension involved in exploring alternatives to well–oiled and well–established fabrication processes. Most of these conventional processes, however, are facing the ends of their lives because they have reached their physical limits. It should be
conceded that the last three years have also been marked by an increasingly high proportion of stakeholders willing to hedge upon photonic crystals to deliver design breakthroughs. Photonic crystal–driven sensing, which promises switching at speeds much higher than that delivered by present–day technologies, is therefore poised to gain greater acceptance in various industries.

To be fair, the extent of risk involved in such migration without the technology having being developed to a foolproof state is cripplingly high, but photonic crystal stakeholders have no reason to lose heart, as there are multiple avenues for monetizing them through an array of components and modules. This report, which covers the market potential for such modules and components, does not include an exhaustive list. It is indeed possible for photonic crystals to be employed in other areas. These modules and components have been selected because there are demonstrated instances of successful adoption of photonic crystals in these
applications. By charting the market potential for these modules and components, this report presents the full extent of the promise of photonic crystals through 2020.

This study’s goals and objectives are:
- To measure and forecast the market size for overall components and modules internalizing photonic crystals in value terms for each individual component and module, as well as in volume terms wherever possible.
- To break down the overall photonic crystal market along individual components and modules, including:
- Light–emitting devices or diodes (LEDS).
- Solar and photovoltaic (PV) cells.
- Displays.
- Biosensors.
- Image sensors.
- Optical fibers.
- Discrete and integrated optical components.
- Lasers and supercontinuum sources.
- To break down the individual photonic crystal component and module market along applications, including:
- Automotive.
- Energy, utilities and lighting.
- Medicine.
- Telecom.
- Industrial and scientific.
- Defense, surveillance and aerospace.
- Computing and consumer electronics.
- White goods.
- Office space.
- To break down the individual photonic crystal component and module market along photonic crystal dimensions, including the three–dimensional market.
- To break down the individual photonic crystal component and module market along specific geographic regions:
- Americas.
- Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
- Asia–Pacific (APAC).
- To analyze the stakeholder landscape in the photonic crystal commercialization endeavors.
- To analyze the patenting activity involving photonic crystals.

BCC Research published its earlier report on photonic crystals in the middle of 2011 and followed it up with an update in late 2012. This report marks the second update of the original published in 2011. This update marks a downward revision of the forecasts. The downturn is a result of long gestation periods in the innovation phase, which many small and medium innovators find daunting. The recent lot of patent allocations reveals a greater degree of dominance exercised by educational institutions. Companies are thus displaying a greater propensity towards pooling external resources for photonic crystal innovation. To be sure, the fundamentals of photonic crystals remain unchanged, as does the list of key components that will be monetized earlier than others. The ongoing economic and political crises in the European Union (E.U.), as well
as in the Middle East and the South China Sea, have also contributed to the recalibration of the forecast. The review reassesses the strategies of key stakeholders, and records and analyzes latest developments.

In the larger context, the principal objective of this report is to chart the progress of a technology that is acquiring increasing surety and self–confidence across multiple domains. Photonic crystals have been the classic underachievers in that they have been full of promise and sound in theory but poor on implementation. BCC Research forecasts that photonic crystals will witness an upswing in industry interest across several domains and applications. Photonic crystals can indeed rival electrons in terms of sheer versatility. In this context, it is interesting to note the approach adopted by different stakeholders toward photonic crystals. The report will provide a quantitative roadmap that will unravel this approach. A dilemma that one faces with a technology such as photonic crystals is to accurately chart its scope. The simplicity of its technical premise opens doors to numerous integration possibilities. This report aims to sift out the most relevant and timely integration approaches by identifying specific components and modules that are most likely to emerge as the largest adopters of photonic crystals in near future. Thus, the reader can derive an accurate estimate of the market size of not just the overall picture, but also of specific components and modules in terms of applications,
geography to regions and dimensions of the photonic crystals employed.

The report forecasts the size of the market in current U.S. dollars for overall components and modules internalizing photonic crystals in value terms for each individual component, as well as in module and volume terms wherever possible, from 2014 through 2020.
The report forecasts the market size for:
- Photonic crystal–enabled components and modules such as LEDs, solar and PV cells, displays, biosensors, image sensors, optical fibers, discrete and integrated optical components, and lasers and supercontinuum sources.
- Forecasts are classified on the basis of application vertical, photonic crystal dimension, and geographic region.
The Executive Summary provides a snapshot of key findings. The chapter discussing the theoretical overview of photonic crystals provides an overview of the market size of components and modules internalizing photonic crystals from 2014 through 2020. It also lays down the theoretical ground for better appreciation of the technology and commercial promise of photonic crystals across applications and domains. The chapter on global markets for photonic crystal components and modules provides a detailed analysis of the present–day state of the art in photonic crystal applications. It also deals with individual components and modules in which photonic crystals are poised to make the most prominent marks. It discusses the market potential in terms of verticals, dimensions and geographic regions. It uncovers the basic theory behind the running of these modules, and then emphasizes the advantages ushered by photonic crystals over conventional methods and materials. The chapter on vendor and stakeholder analysis lists and explains the major stakeholder classes engaged in photonic crystal commercialization. It also analyzes the activities of key players in this domain.

The U.S. Patent Analysis chapter highlights the patenting activity underway in the area of photonic crystals. The chapter classifies the patents awarded according to functional categories such as design innovations; energy applications of photonic crystals; fabrication and synthesis methodologies; integrated circuits and quantum dots; laser applications of photonic crystals; lighting applications of photonic crystals; photonic
crystal fiber applications; sensor applications of photonic crystals and telecommunications applications of photonic crystals.

This report will be relevant to:
- Photonic crystal technology experts to identify the key components and modules that hold greatest promise for their technology adoption.
- Experts and those involved with the development of components and modules to assess the benefits of employment of photonic crystals in their offerings and the market potential for such adoptions.
- Application device vendors that can benefit from the superior material attributes of photonic crystals and enhance the value of their products.

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