GVR Report cover Silicon Photonics Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Silicon Photonics Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Component (Photodetectors, Optical Waveguides), By Product (Active Optical Cables, Optical Multiplexers), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-323-2
  • Number of Pages: 100
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global silicon photonics market size was valued at USD 1.28 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.8% from 2023 to 2030. Silicon photonics is an emerging technology that has been experiencing growing demand due to the need for higher data transfer rates and bandwidth-intensive applications. It has found significant traction in data centers and telecommunications, where it offers high-speed data transmission, reduced power consumption, and integration with existing silicon-based electronic systems. Silicon photonics has also been explored as a solution for optical interconnects, replacing traditional copper-based interconnects in data centers and high-performance computing systems.

Asia Pacific silicon photonics market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

A key advantage of silicon photonics is its compatibility with existing silicon-based electronic technologies, enabling the integration of photonic components with electronic circuits on a single silicon chip. This compatibility results in more efficient and cost-effective systems. To further drive the advancement of silicon photonics, there has been extensive research and development focused on improving performance, enhancing manufacturing processes, and reducing costs. Researchers are exploring new materials, fabrication techniques, and design methodologies to push the boundaries of the technology.

Collaborations and partnerships have played a crucial role in the commercialization of silicon photonics. Semiconductor companies, telecommunications providers, data center operators, and research institutions have come together to develop standardized solutions, overcome technical challenges, and bring silicon photonics products to the market. These partnerships aim to accelerate the adoption of silicon photonics and drive its widespread use in various applications.

Component Insights

The Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM) Filters segment captures a leading share of 32.24% in 2022. WDM filters play a crucial role in enabling the integration of multiple wavelength channels on a single silicon chip. Silicon photonics leverages the compatibility of silicon with both electronic and photonic components, allowing for the integration of WDM filters alongside other photonic and electronic functionalities.

The trends in Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM) filters for silicon photonics include a focus on increased integration density to accommodate a large number of wavelength channels on a single chip. Efforts are being made to minimize insertion loss and crosstalk, optimizing filter performance for improved efficiency and reliability.

The expansion of the wavelength range, integration of additional functionalities, and the exploration of low-cost manufacturing processes are other trends observed. Moreover, researchers are investigating advanced material systems, such as silicon nitride, to enhance WDM filter performance. These trends collectively aim to advance silicon photonics technology and enable high-capacity data transmission in compact and cost-effective systems.

Product Insights

The Active Optical Cables (AOC) segment accounted for the leading revenue share of 35.91% in 2022. Active Optical Cables are capable of transferring high data rates over a long distance through silicon photonic products. Active optical cables have significant cost advantages compared to traditional optical modules and provide streamlined installation for high-performance computing and storage applications.

The optical multiplexers segment is projected to expand at the highest CAGR over the forecast period. Optical multiplexers and demultiplexers are essential components in wavelength-division multiplexing systems, allowing multiple wavelengths to be transmitted over a single optical fiber. The trends in this product type include higher channel counts, compact designs, lower insertion losses, and compatibility with different wavelength bands. Advancements in multiplexer/demultiplexer technology aim to increase the capacity and efficiency of optical communication systems.

Application Insights

The IT & telecommunications segment accounts for a dominating revenue share of 43.05% in 2022. Silicon photonics is experiencing significant growth in the data center industry. The trends in data center applications focus on higher data transfer rates, increased bandwidth capacity, improved power efficiency, and scalability. Silicon photonics enables the development of high-speed optical interconnects, optical switches, and other components that address the growing demand for data-intensive applications, such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics.

Global silicon photonics market share and size, 2022

Telecommunications is another key application area for silicon photonics. The trends in telecommunications applications involve the deployment of silicon photonics-based devices for high-speed optical communications, including long-haul and metro networks. The industry is witnessing advancements in WDM technology, optical amplifiers, and coherent transmission systems, enabling higher data rates, longer transmission distances, and improved network performance.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market with a revenue share of 47.82 % in 2022, attributable to the prominent development and adoption of silicon photonics technology in the region. The trends in this region include significant investments in research and development, collaborations between academia and industry, and the presence of leading silicon photonics companies. North America has witnessed the deployment of silicon photonics in data centers, telecommunications networks, and high-performance computing systems. The region continues to drive innovations in silicon photonics, focusing on higher data rates, improved energy efficiency, and advanced applications such as quantum computing and sensing.

Silicon Photonics Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

The Asia Pacific region is emerging as a significant market for silicon photonics. Countries like China, Japan, and South Korea are investing heavily in the development of silicon photonics technology and its applications. The trends in this region include the establishment of research institutes, government initiatives, and collaborations to foster innovation in silicon photonics. The region also has a strong presence in the manufacturing and fabrication of silicon photonics components, contributing to cost optimization and scalability.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is characterized by strong competition, with a few major worldwide competitors owning a significant market share. The major focus is on developing new products and collaborating among the key players. For instance, In March 2022, GlobalFoundries Inc. unveiled its latest advancements in silicon photonics technology and partnered with industry leaders to usher in a new era of data center capabilities. This groundbreaking development introduced a unique silicon photonics architecture that addresses the growing demand for handling immense data volumes while significantly reducing power consumption. The collaboration aims to provide innovative solutions to support the exponential growth of data centers and pave the way for more efficient data processing and management. Some prominent players in the global silicon photonics market include:

  • Intel Corporation

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • DAS Photonics

  • Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

  • IBM Corporation

  • STMicroelectronics N.V.

  • ADVA Optical Networking

  • GlobalFoundries Inc.

  • Finisar Corporation

  • Molex Incorporated

  • Mellanox Technologies

  • Infinera Corporation

Silicon Photonics Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 1.63 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 8.12 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 25.8% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Report updated

July 2023

Quantitative units

Market revenue in USD million/billion & CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Component, product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; China; Japan; India; South Korea; Australia; Brazil; Mexico; KSA; UAE; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Intel Corporation; Cisco Systems, Inc.; DAS Photonics; Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.; IBM Corporation; STMicroelectronics N.V.; ADVA Optical Networking; GlobalFoundries Inc., Finisar Corporation; Molex Incorporated; Mellanox Technologies; Infinera Corporation

Customization scope

Free report customization (equivalent up to 8 analysts working days) with purchase. Addition or alteration to country, regional, and segment scope.


Global Silicon Photonics Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth on global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global silicon photonics market report based on component, product, application, and region:

Global Silicon Photonics Market Report Segmentation

  • Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Optical Waveguides

    • Optical Modulators

    • Photodetectors

    • Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM) Filters

    • Laser

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Transceivers

    • Active Optical Cables

    • Optical Multiplexers

    • Optical Attenuators

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • IT & Telecommunications

    • Consumer Electronics

    • Healthcare & Life Sciences

    • Commercial

    • Defense and Security

    • Others (Media & Advertising)

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

      • Australia

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East and Africa

      • KSA

      • UAE

      • South Africa

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