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Asia Pacific, US lead growth in global chip market

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

Keywords:WSTS? optoelectronics? sensor? analogue? semiconductor market?

According to the European Semiconductor Industry Association that refers to figures from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation, the worldwide semiconductor market will be flat in 2015 at $336 billion, up 0.2 per cent from 2014. WSTS estimated that during 2016 and 2017, the global market will reveal modest growth lead by the Americas region in terms of geography and by analogue, optoelectronic and sensors in terms circuit types.

WSTS has reduced its estimates for multiple chip market categories in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from an estimate published in June 2015 when it considered 2015 would be growth year of 3.4 per cent. Weakness in Q3, partially as a result of lower growth in China, has reduced the prospects for this year and caused WSTS to push the prospects of even minor growth out to 2017.

Global chip market

WSTS November 2015 forecast summary. Note: numbers in the table are rounded to whole millions of dollars, which may cause totals by region and by product groups to differ slightly. Source: ESIA and WSTS

Geographically, the WSTS numbers show that the market will continue to be stuck in a two-speed mode with the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions leading the way and the Europe and Japan regions struggling to show growth in US dollar terms.

For 2015, growth in optoelectronics (12.1 per cent), sensors (3.4 per cent) and analogue (2.5 per cent) is expected to be partially offset by declines in discrete (-6.8 per cent), microprocessors and MCUs (-1.5 per cent), logic (-1.6 per cent) and memory (-1 per cent).

In 2015, Europe and Japan will show a decline mainly as a result of a current foreign exchange effect. The semiconductor market growth in 2015 is expected to be driven by analogue signal converters (up 17 per cent), communications analogue (up nine per cent), 32bit MCUs (up 14 per cent), automotive DSP (up 28 per cent), display drivers (up 12 per cent), touch screen controllers (up 31 per cent), communications logic/short range (up 13 per cent), optoelectronics (up 12 per cent) and actuators (up 10 per cent).

For 2016 all the major product categories except memory and all the regions except Europe are expected to show growth. The following year, WSTS expects a continued recovery in the macro economy and annual growth of 3.1 per cent to take the market to $352 billion in 2017.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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