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Asia-Pacific takes control of IC market this year

Posted: 08 Sep 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC Insights? IC market? computer? automotive?

According to the latest report from IC Insights, Asia-Pacific's position as the leading market for IC sales is expected to strengthen in 2015 with the region accounting for 58.9 per cent of the $295 billion IC market this year.

The forecast market share represents an increase of 0.5 per centage points over the 58.4 per cent share that the Asia-Pacific region captured in 2014. The region is particularly dominant with regard to IC market share in the computer and communications categories, and to a lesser extent in the consumer and industrial categories. Globally, the communications segment first surpassed the computer segment to become the largest end use market for ICs in 2013 and it is forecast to extend its market share lead to 2.7 points in 2015.

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Europe is forecast to account for the largest share of the automotive IC market in 2015, but IC Insights expects the Asia-Pacific region will achieve top share of that segment in 2016 as China continues to account for a large and growing portion of new car shipments. That will leave only the government/military end use segment where Asia-Pacific does not have top IC market share, a condition that is forecast to hold through 2018.

According to the report, the two largest end-use market segments in 2015, computer and communications, are forecast to account for 73.9 per cent of the total IC sales this year. In addition, from 2012-2018, the two highest growth end-use markets for ICs are forecast to be the industrial and communication segments, having CAGRs of 9.1 per cent and 8.2 per cent, respectively.

IC Insights revealed that the automotive IC market is forecast to a CAGR of 6.1 per cent from 2012-2018, yet automotive's share of the total IC market is forecast to remain below eight per cent throughout this time. Likewise, in 2015, analogue ICs are forecast to represent the greatest share of IC sales among automotive (43 per cent) and industrial (50 per cent) applications; logic devices are expected to account for the greatest share of IC sales within government (33 per cent) and consumer (19 per cent) systems, and MPUs (60 per cent) are forecast to account for the greatest share of IC sales in the computer segment.

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