# How large is the percentage of non silicon materials in overall production capacity for semiconductors?

Most of all semiconductors produced these days are made from silicon, as it is easy and cheap to manufacture in very well researched bulk processes. But some electronic devices require the physical properties of other materials, like some high speed transistors or light emitting diodes. Depending on the wavelength you want to emit, you use materials with an according band gap, like AlGaAs, GaAsP or InGaN.

But my question is: How large is the percentage of these non silicon materials in overall production capacity for semiconductors?

I guess it will be difficult to give an exact number, but I would like to know at least an educated guess. Is the non silicon part vanishing in the x-th decimal place, because microchips are absolutly dominating the semiconductor market? Or is maybe the raising production of LEDs increasing to percentage to several percent?

EDIT: I'm mainly refering to the produced chip area, but if this information is even less available than e.g. the volume of used material, then this might also be an interesting information. I'm aware that manufactures will not give detailed numbers about this, if any at all, but there are always some analyists, making guesses at least about the order of magnitude we are talking about.

• Have you tried googling for an answer? Mar 26 '19 at 9:12
• It will even be difficult to get a "ball park" number if you ask me. It is difficult to get numbers for quantities produced from manufacturers. Most manufacturers only publish their numbers in , not in quantities as number of devices or amount (volume) of silicon used. Also, you should define what you mean by percentage. Percentage of volume of the materials, number of devices, or produced area? Mar 26 '19 at 9:13
• Obviously I did the googling before asking, yes... Did I miss the one link, where they do tell us a number? ;) Mar 26 '19 at 9:23
• "But some electronic devices require the physical properties of other materials" - no, ALL electronic devices require the physical properties of other materials. Mar 26 '19 at 10:00
• Chip Area is not a Value metric reported. Sales and WPM (wafers per month) is available on paid reports, which you are asking for free..... Mar 29 '19 at 1:47