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The global semiconductor market size stood at USD 513.08 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 726.73 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period.
The growth of this market is attributed to the increasing consumption of consumer electronics devices across the globe. Additionally, the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning (ML) technologies is providing new opportunities to the market development. These technologies aid memory chips to process large data in less amount of time. Moreover, the increasing demand for faster and advanced memory chips in industrial applications will drive the market growth over the forecast timeline.
High Uncertainty across Several Sectors amid COVID-19 to Impede Growth
Since the onset of COVID-19 in early 2020, the industry has been facing several challenges to maintain stable growth. The entire technology industry is trying to recover from the US-China trade war and 2019’s down cycle. The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates revenue contraction of approximately 6% in 2020 (with 54% of probability) for the global semiconductor industry over the forecast period.
The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, which is also known as the “motor city”, has severely impacted automotive production in Asia, as it is the home to auto plants of General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Peugeot Group (PSA), Renault, and Toyota. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has estimated that 2% reduction in the export of parts from China to other automotive manufacturers in the European Union (EU), the U.S., South Korea, Japan, and many more could lead to automotive export reduction worth USD 7 billion from these economies to the rest of the world.
However, the rising need to work from home has drastically surged the networking & communication and data processing applications all over the world, which will lead to moderate growth of this market in the long-term.
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Increasing Implementation of IoT, AI, and Wireless Communications to Boost the Market
Advancements in AI, IoT, and wireless connected devices is creating a huge demand across the globe. For instance, Micron Technology, Inc. is offering high capacity memory and multi-chip packages powered with AI training that are utilized in embedded or cloud in edge devices and mobile. A majority of these new inventions are equipped with a single system on a chip (SoC) to offer high levels of integration. Additionally, SoC also allows the devices to operate with high power efficiency and enhanced security, as it integrates processors, memory, RF transceivers, sensors, power management, and connectivity in a single unit.
Rising Consumption of Consumer Electronics Goods to Aid Growth
Rising household disposable income levels, coupled with the rapidly growing population and increasing urbanization, is creating massive demand for regular and advanced consumer electronics devices. IC (Integrated Circuit) chips are integrated in several electronics devices, including smartphones, washing machines, TVs, and refrigerators for their efficient and appropriate functioning. Several leading consumer electronics brands, including Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, are making large investments in introducing new devices to cater to the increasing consumer demand for advanced devices, supporting the semiconductor industry growth.
Increasing Demand for Integrated Circuits in Developing Economies to Boost Market Growth
China is expected to witness strong demand for mobile chips, due to establishment of manufacturing and assembling plants of several well-known smartphone manufacturers such as Apple and Oneplus. Moreover, Taiwan’s industry depicts significant growth, reflected through the huge number of Taiwanese personal computer manufacturers and their increasing investments in the research and development sector. Taiwan is also renowned for manufacturing advanced technology-driven and compact integrated circuits, thus creating lucrative growth prospects for the market.
Tariff Disruption and Shift in Global Trade to Hamper Growth
The industry is enormously dependent on the United States as the country has been a prominent region, holding a dominant share in the market. With changes in the country’s leadership, the U.S. has started to impose trade restrictions with China from 2018 and if the restrictions continue, the country is expected to suffer a ~16% decrease in their market share. Therefore, increasing tension with China is expected to diminish the dominance of the U.S. market and the focus is expected to shift to Asia Pacific in the coming years.
Furthermore, tariffs are applied to practically all the industrial goods and materials, which are customary for the chips. These tariffs are impacting import and export of components, which will directly affect the manufacturing cost of the chips.
Memory Devices Segment to Depict the Highest CAGR with Wider Range of Applications
Memory devices are expected to drive the overall market owing to the ongoing technological advancements such as virtual reality and cloud computing and their integration in end-user devices. High average selling price for NAND flash chips and DRAM play a major role in generating revenue.
Similarly, logic devices, which are used for special purpose application-specific signal processors (ASSP) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), are projected to display the highest growth rate over the forecast period.
MPU (microprocessors) and MCU (microcontroller) segments depict stagnant growth owing to frail shipments and investments for notebook PCs, computers, and standard desktops. In the current market scenario, the increasing popularity of IoT-based electronics is stoking the demand for powerful processors and controllers. Hybrid MPU and MCU offer real-time embedded processing and controlling for topmost IoT-based applications, thus leading to substantial market growth.
Analog ICs are anticipated to portray progressive growth with limited demand from the networking and communication industry. Few emerging trends for the growing demand of analog integrated circuits include signal conversion, automotive-specific analog applications and power management, hence enabling the rising demand for discrete power devices.
Comparatively, sensors are projected to witness moderate growth owing to the changing requirement of hybrid and mix technologies in the communication and automotive industries.
The others segment consists of DSP (digital signal processing) that is likely to show decent growth, owing to low demand in this industry.
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Networking & Communications Application to Dominate the Market
The networking and communications segment is projected to grow at a significant CAGR with increasing demand for smartphones and smart devices around the world. The necessity of working from home is notably rising across the developed and developing economies, thus enhancing the demand across this application segment.
The data processing application segment holds considerable market share owing to the strong need and sales of smartphones and other connected devices, accelerating the demand for memory and storage devices. Consumer electronics such as gaming consoles, wearable devices, and other electronic devices play an important role in this market, enabling the usage of electronic gaming across various countries.
The automotive application segment is estimated to witness moderate growth rate due to limited penetration rate of hybrid and electric vehicles. However, the market potential may get enhanced with promising advancements in autonomous driving.
The industrial application segment is estimated to grow steadily on account of inadequate manufacturing in industrial machines.
The government application segment will display stagnant growth owing to limited government investments and projects in communications technologies.
Asia Pacific Semiconductor Market Size, 2019 (USD Billion)
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Asia Pacific holds the largest market share and is projected to exhibit highest growth in this market across the globe. The increasing adoption of high-end technology devices coupled with the minimum electronics prices is leading to an upswing in the consumption of consumer electronics. Additionally, technological advancements such as IoT and LTE are supporting the adoption of electronics products, allowing the region to dominate the semiconductor market share.
The North America market is estimated to exhibit dynamic growth that is driven by the increasing investments in R&D activities. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the U.S. industry expenditures in R&D increased at a compound annual growth rate of about 6.6 percent from 1999 to 2019. Expenditures in R&D activities by the U.S. companies tend to be consistently high, regardless of cycles in annual semiconductor sales, which reflects the importance of investing in R&D production. In 2019, the R&D investments in the U.S. totaled at 39.8 billion US dollars.
The market in Europe will witness substantial growth backed by the telecom as well as the automotive industry. Companies across the region are making investments in innovating new technologies and increasing their production capacity to cater to the surging demand for advanced devices and components in the semiconductor industry. Moreover, the increasing consumption of consumer goods across the UK, France, and Germany will support the growth of this industry in Europe over the forecast timeline.
Furthermore, the Latin American semiconductor market will witness healthy growth owing to the increasing consumption of smartphones, TVs, and laptops across Brazil and Mexico. Consumers across the region are making investments in purchasing high-end electronic devices owing to their steadily rising disposable income levels.
The availability of skilled labor forces coupled with rapid innovations in technologies will drive the industry growth in the Middle East & Africa. Increasing demand for advanced industrial electronics and high-end computing technologies is further expected to propel the regional market growth over the forecast timeline.
Broadcom, Intel and Qualcomm to Focus on Developing Innovative Products to Strengthen Its Offerings
Broadcom Inc. announced the availability of 3*3 Wi-Fi 6 chip named BCM6710, specially designed for WLAN applications and set-up boxes. This is a highly optimized chip integrated with RF power amplifiers that paves the way for high bandwidth, low-latency applications including 4K UHD video streaming, augmented reality (AR), and many more. In the current scenario, Broadcom Inc. hinges on the strategy to combine best-of-breed technology to deliver comprehensive technology-based products to the major business and government customers. Similarly, in July 2020, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated introduced ‘Qualcomm QCS410’ and ‘Qualcomm QCS610’ system-on-chips (SoCs). These chips are designed for premium camera technology including, powerful machine learning and artificial intelligence features.
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Value (USD Billion)
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 513.08 billion in 2019.
The market value is projected to reach USD 726.73 billion by 2027.
The market will grow at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific market size is estimated to be USD 279.77 billion in 2019.
The memory devices components segment is expected to be the leading segment during the forecast period.
Rising consumption of consumer electronics goods and increasing demand of integrated circuits will aid the market growth.
Broadcom, Inc., Intel Corporation, and Qualcomm are the top players in this market.
Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share.
The networking & communications application segment is expected to witness highest growth during the forecast period.
Increasing implementation of IoT, AI, and Wireless communications is the key market trend.
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