Gallium Nitride market continues to grow

The world-wide growth of the gallium nitride device and materials market has never been more robust, according to Silicon Valley market research firm Strategies Unlimited.

In its newly released report, Gallium Nitride 2003 – Technology Status, Applications, and Market Forecasts, California research firm Strategies Unlimited has reviewed the status of world-wide technology developments and markets for gallium nitride devices, both optoelectronic and electronic.

The report says that, as of the first quarter of 2003, 184 companies were involved in gallium nitride production or development (devices, materials and equipment) and 293 universities and research centres were involved in gallium nitride R&D. These figures represent an increase of 74% and 24%, respectively, since the publication of Strategies Unlimited’s previous gallium nitride survey in May 2000.

In addition to the dramatic growth in research and product development activity, the market growth for gallium nitride devices has been no less robust. Since 1999, the market for gallium nitride devices (primarily blue, green and white high-brightness LEDs) has grown by 221% to $1.35 billion.

Since the beginning of the first significant commercial shipments of gallium nitride LEDs in 1995, the market has grown at an average annual rate of 64.5%. Blue-violet laser diodes based on gallium nitride devices began shipping in 1999 and the market achieved modest levels through 2002. However, in 2003 the long-anticipated market for blue-violet (405 nm) laser diodes in optical storage has finally begun in earnest, as several companies announced the first shipments of the next generation of high-density DVD recorders.

Gallium-nitride-based electronic devices are still under development, but the first significant commercial shipments are expected to begin in 2004.

Overall, the market for gallium nitride devices of all types is forecast to grow to $4.5 billion by 2007.

Gallium Nitride 2003 – Technology Status, Applications and Market Forecasts is available from Strategies Unlimited for $3,950.