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3 Cs propel IC sales in 2015

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC? consumer electronics? 3 Cs? IC consumption?

The 3 Cs (communications, computers and consumer electronics) are expected to generate 70 per cent of IC sales in the Americas, Europe, Japan and Asia-Pacific in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.

Communications and computers lead in all regions with consumer electronics coming third in the Americas, Japan and Asia-Pacific. In Europe, the third largest sector in 2015 will be automotive, IC Insights forecasts.

Collectively, communications, computers and consumer systems are projected to account for 85.7 per cent of IC sales in the Americas this year compared to 77.9 per cent in Japan and 90.8 per cent in Asia-Pacific. Communications, computer and automotive applications are forecast to represent 82.3 per cent of IC sales in Europe in 2015.

Regional IC consumption

Regional IC consumption by system type: Source: IC Insights. To see a larger version of this chart click here.

Computer applications were the largest market for IC sales for three decades, but the global communications IC market took over the top spot in 2013 due to the strengthening demand for smartphones and weakening demand for personal computers.

Total IC usage

Total IC usage by system type for 2015 ($310.5 billion forecast). (Source IC Insights)

IC sales to the automotive market are forecast to represent only about 8 per cent of total IC sales of $310.5 billion in 2015, but the predicted compound annual growth rate of 10.8 per cent for the period 2013 to 2018 is highest among all the end-use applications.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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