Silicon Photonics Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Silicon Photonics Market Size and It is Segmented by Application (Data Centers and High-Performance Computing, Telecommunications, Automotive, and Other Applications) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World). The Market Size and Forecasts are Provided in Terms of Value (USD) for all the Above Segments.

Silicon Photonics Market Size

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Silicon Photonics Market Summary
Study Period 2019-2029
Market Size (2024) USD 2.38 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 9.02 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 30.50 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

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Silicon Photonics Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Silicon Photonics Market Analysis

The Silicon Photonics Market size is estimated at USD 2.38 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 9.02 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 30.5% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Silicon photonics is a growing technology that utilizes optical rays to transfer data within computer chips. It is a favorable technology to replace copper wires, providing greater bandwidth, longer transmission distance, and better energy efficiency.

  • The rapidly growing internet traffic is one of the significant drivers of the silicon photonics market. With increasing demand for high-speed data transfer, data centers and telecommunications companies are seeking more efficient and cost-effective solutions to handle the growing volume of Internet traffic. Silicon photonics technology offers a favorable solution to this challenge, providing faster, more reliable, and more cost-effective data transfer than traditional copper-based systems.
  • This helps provide high-speed broadband connections and many broadband services over the existing network infrastructure. Additionally, a growing number of Internet users over the years also resulted in rising investments to develop average downlink and uplink speeds to provide services. According to GSMA, 5G is projected to increase from a global market penetration of 22% in 2024 to 64% in 2030.
  • In addition, countries are taking various initiatives to boost the deployment of 5G and 6G communication. For instance, in August 2022, the Department of Defense launched three new Innovative Beyond 5G Program projects, including creating an R&D hub for 6G technology. Such enhancement in the telecommunication sector may propel the market's growth.
  • The risk of thermal effect significantly challenges the market's growth. The thermal effect occurs due to the absorption of light by silicon, which can increase the temperature in the machine. This increase in temperature can lead to a reduction in performance or even device failure.

Silicon Photonics Market Trends

Automotive Segment to Witness Major Growth

  • Silicon photonics is an emerging technology in the automotive sector that helps advance sensors like event-based sensors (EBS) and neuromorphic cameras and improves LIDAR. Some automotive products being upgraded to incorporate silicon photonics technology include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), face recognition systems, sensors & detection technology, LiDAR systems, and many other systems used in vehicles. Silicon photonics-enabled systems enhance a vehicle's safety, functionality, and performance. Moreover, silicon photonics-enabled systems in cruise control offer several benefits, such as enhanced accuracy, speed, and efficiency.
  • In recent years, photonics has revolutionized the automotive industry, transitioning from mere lighting functions to providing cutting-edge technology for imaging, sensing, smart displaying, and media communication networks. Consequently, photonics has taken on new dimensions far beyond lighting in cars and automotive manufacturing and quality control. Unsurprisingly, the automotive industry is showing an increased interest in innovative, photonics-based technologies such as silicon photonics.
  • The increasing production of buses is likely to offer lucrative opportunities for market growth. For instance, according to OICA, around 75 thousand buses and coaches were produced across India in 2022, an increase from 34.7 thousand buses and coaches in 2021. Furthermore, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), between 2016 and 2022, China consistently registered the most significant number of electric buses. In 2021 and 2022, the number of electric bus registrations in China amounted to 50 and 54 thousand, respectively.
  • The increasing adoption of self-driving or autonomous vehicles is a primary growth factor for the ADAS market. For instance, according to the National Safety Council, by 2026, approximately 71% of registered vehicles will be equipped with rear cameras, while 60% will have rear parking sensors. Such increasing adoption of ADAS would aid the growth of the market studied. Various manufacturers of personal and commercial vehicles are establishing their facilities globally, which is also driving the market studied.
Silicon Photonics Market: Estimated Percentage of Registered Vehicles By ADAS Feature, Global, 2020 and 2026

North America Holds Significant Market Share

  • The United States is one of the prominent countries in the data center market. Multi-tenant data center leasing activities in the country have been rising owing to expansion activities by some of the major companies in the country. 
  • The growing data center traffic, along with rapid technological advancements in emerging areas, such as AI and IoT, is leading to increased data traffic across the country. According to the forecasts by Cisco, there will be 4.6 billion networked devices by 2023, rising from 2.7 billion in 2018. In addition, smartphones are expected to account for 7% of all networked devices by 2023.
  • The digitization of enterprises, be they small or large, and the resulting digital services rapidly develop a need for larger technology stacks in order to store, compute, connect, and analyze data. It also leads to the adoption of cloud services. The adoption of digitization of enterprises creates new opportunities for the silicon photonics market in the region. 
  • It is expected that wireless operators in Canada will invest approximately USD 25.8 billion in deploying 5G infrastructure between 2020 and 2026; as a result, the government is also encouraging telecom equipment manufacturing. These initiatives will broaden the scope of the country's 5G infrastructure and provide a massive opportunity for market study vendors.
  • As per Ericsson, in Canada, 4 million smartphone users plan to upgrade to 5G over the next 12-15 months; 8 in 10 current 5G users don't want to return to 4G. The 5G user base has increased six-fold over the past two years. However, consumer awareness is low; 15% of users claim they are on 5G but use a 4G handset in Canada, while another 18% own a 5G capable device but have not upgraded to a 5G subscription. 
  • The Canadian region is also expected to exhibit a significant adoption rate of silicon photonics technology due to technological advancements across its end-user industries. Also, the increasing research and development activities, coupled with several investments in technology, are expected to act as major drivers for the growth in adoption.
Silicon Photonics Market - Market CAGR (%), By Region, Global

Silicon Photonics Industry Overview

The silicon photonics market is highly fragmented, with major players like Sicoya GMBH, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc., Lumentum Operations LLC (Lumentum Holdings Inc.), and Juniper Networks Inc. They are adopting partnerships and acquisitions to enhance their product offerings and gain sustainable competitive advantage.

  • In October 2023, Lumentum Holdings Inc. showcased its latest solutions and shared industry perspectives at the European Conference on Optical Communication 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. Lumentum's ultra-high power, 1310 nm distributed-feedback laser (DFB) was also demonstrated at over 400 mW optical power ex-fiber at 25°C. These new ultra-high power 13xx lasers were claimed to enable higher bandwidth for AI and ML applications by using co-packaged optics, external laser source solutions, and silicon photonics transceivers for the next generation of data centers.
  • In September 2023, Broadcom announced that it is working with TSMC and Nvidia to develop silicon photonics and co-packaged optics (CPO). TSMC has already formed an R&D team of over 200 employees to target emerging opportunities in high-speed computing chips based on silicon photonics technology, with production expected to start as early as the second half of 2024.

Silicon Photonics Market Leaders

  1. Sicoya GMBH

  2. Intel Corporation

  3. Cisco Systems Inc.

  4. Lumentum Operations LLC (Lumentum Holdings Inc.)

  5. Juniper Networks Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Silicon Photonics Market Concentration
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Silicon Photonics Market News

  • In October 2023, Lumentum and Cloud Light Technology entered into a definitive agreement under which Lumentum would acquire Cloud Light in a deal valued at approximately USD 750 million. Cloud Light designs, markets, and manufactures advanced optical modules for automotive sensors and data center interconnect applications.
  • In October 2023, Marvell Technology demonstrated 200 Gbit/s-per-lane electrical I/O for high-speed copper data center interconnect. The 200G/lane active electrical cable (AEC) technology lays the foundation for next-generation AI clusters and cloud infrastructure from Marvell. The PAM4 DSP technology drives 200 Gbit/s per lane over electrical channels on a 5nm 224G long-reach SerDes technology, capable of driving 40dB+ of insertion loss at 224G/lane.

Silicon Photonics Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyer/consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 Aftereffects and Other Macroeconomic Factors on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Reduction in Power Consumption With the Use of Silicon Photonics Based Transceivers

      2. 5.1.2 Growing Need for High-Speed Connectivity and High Data Transfer Capabilities Across Data Centers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Risk of Thermal Effect


    1. 6.1 By Application

      1. 6.1.1 Data Centers and High-performance Computing

      2. 6.1.2 Telecommunications

      3. 6.1.3 Automotive

      4. 6.1.4 Other Applications

    2. 6.2 By Geography

      1. 6.2.1 North America

      2. 6.2.2 Europe

      3. 6.2.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.2.4 Rest of the World


    1. 7.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 7.2.1 Sicoya GMBH

      2. 7.2.2 Intel Corporation

      3. 7.2.3 Cisco Systems Inc.

      4. 7.2.4 Lumentum Operations LLC (Lumentum Holdings Inc.)

      5. 7.2.5 Juniper Networks Inc.

      6. 7.2.6 Global Foundries Inc.

      7. 7.2.7 Broadcom Limited

      8. 7.2.8 Molex Inc. (Koch Industries)

      9. 7.2.9 Marvell Technology Inc.

      10. 7.2.10 Macom Technology

      11. 7.2.11 Coherent Corporation

      12. 7.2.12 Hamamatsu Photonics KK



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Silicon Photonics Industry Segmentation

Silicon photonics is a technology for fabricating optical and electronic integrated circuits on silicon microchips. Manufacturing photonic circuits using CMOS technologies, also known as silicon photonics, not only offers the scale of semiconductor wafer-scale fabrication but also enables advantages in new electronics applications using the properties of light in computation, communication, sensing, and imaging. Moreover, silicon photonics is a growing technology that uses optical rays to transfer data within computer chips.

The silicon photonics market is segmented by application (data centers and high-performance computing, telecommunications, automotive, and other applications) and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value in USD for all the above segments.

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Rest of the World
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Silicon Photonics Market Research FAQs

The Silicon Photonics Market size is expected to reach USD 2.38 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 30.5% to reach USD 9.02 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Silicon Photonics Market size is expected to reach USD 2.38 billion.

Sicoya GMBH, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems Inc., Lumentum Operations LLC (Lumentum Holdings Inc.) and Juniper Networks Inc. are the major companies operating in the Silicon Photonics Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Silicon Photonics Market.

In 2023, the Silicon Photonics Market size was estimated at USD 1.65 billion. The report covers the Silicon Photonics Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Silicon Photonics Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Silicon Photonics Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Silicon Photonics market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Silicon Photonics analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Silicon Photonics Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)