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Telecom segments to lead top-growing IC markets this year

Posted: 12 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC market? NAND? MCU? wired telecom? application-specific processor?

IC Insights has revealed that although overall IC market growth is expected to decline by one per cent this year, nine product categories are expected to show positive growth. Leading the way are three categories related to the telecom industry. The wired telecom!application-specific analogue segment is forecast to be the strongest-growing product segment in 2012 with a 25 per cent increase in market size, followed by wired telecom!and wireless telecom!special purpose logic/MPR categories.

Application-specific processors used in smartphones and tablet computers are included in the wireless telecom!special purpose logic/MPR category, and represent the driving force behind the strong growth in this segment. Also within the special purpose logic/MPR segment, the consumer and industrial & other categories are forecast to show positive growth this year. Display drivers are forecast to make a return to the top-growth list in 2012 with two per cent growth. Demand for smartphones, the surging popularity of tables, and potential market growth from new ultra-thin notebook computers are helping boost sales of display drivers this year.

It is not surprising to see that NAND flash appears among the top-10 fastest growing products all three years, though the rate of growth in this market has slowed considerably over this time as additional manufacturers jumped into this space and added extra capacity, which contributed to lower average selling prices in 2011 and so far in 2012.

The automotive market is responsible for only about seven per cent of total IC sales, but increasing electronic system content in motor vehicles is forecast to result in the automotive!special purpose logic/MPR segment being included among the list of fastest-growing IC products all three years, as well. Similarly, advanced automotive applications such as self-park systems, stability control and collision avoidance, have been key to fast growth of the 32bit MCU category and will contribute to these devices being among the fastest-growing products from 2010-2012.

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