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To better understand the IC market, you need to understand the end-use applications!  The IC market remains closely linked to the health of the electronic systems market. In mature and developing economies, demand for electronic systems continues to grow with an expanding number of end-use applications and increasing digital content providing the stimulus for IC market growth. IC Market Drivers—A Study of Key System Applications Fueling Demand for Integrated Circuits—helps identify opportunities for growth and evaluates the potential for new applications that are expected to fuel the market for integrated circuits through 2021.

Internet-capable converging technologies and mobile electronic systems will keep demand for ICs strong through 2021!

  • The Internet of Things—Virtual representation of uniquely identifiable objects with an Internet-like structure (IP address) has been gaining momentum for more than a decade with no slowdown in sight. Machine learning is a key component of this far-reaching trend.
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality—A new wave of IC growth is beginning for virtual and augmented reality in headsets, next-generation home and factory robots, drones, and smartphones.  IC Insights examines growth opportunities for VR/AR in these and other applications.
  • Automotive Electronics—In-vehicle infotainment, connectivity, assisted and autonomous driving features, and safety and environmental mandates are expected to boost automotive IC sales to record-high levels through the forecast.  MCUs, analog, and mixed-signal devices will continue to represent the largest portion of automotive IC sales.
  • Smartphones—Smartphones are the fastest growing segment of the cellphone market. IC content represents about 30% of the average selling price of a smartphone.  The success of 4G and new 5G smartphones with virtual reality features will have a big impact on sales of NAND flash memory, analog, DSP, and logic IC devices.
  • Personal Computing—Demand has softened for Tablet PCs. What is the future market direction for these systems and how will their growth impact traditional PC sales?  What IC content will be required in these computing systems?
  • Wearable Electronics—Sales of semiconductors used in wearable electronics such as personal medical monitoring devices and fitness/activity trackers for health applications, are gaining momentum.  The U.S. is the biggest medical systems market, representing about one third of worldwide sales in 2017, followed by Europe, Asia-Pac, and Japan.

Find information like this and much more in IC Market Drivers.


IC Market Drivers is divided into two parts. The first provides an extensive database of historical and future IC market statistics categorized by end-use application. The second examines key electronic system applications that are expected to drive IC demand in the coming years.

PART I: Extensive IC End-Use Application Database

PART II: Analyses of End-Use Applications

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