Semiconductor Intellectual Property Market - Snapshot

Semiconductor intellectual property (IP) is widely used to develop advanced products by utilizing semiconductor IP cores. Semiconductor IP improves design efficiency at advanced design processes and reduces manufacturing and designing cost. Semiconductor companies are subcontracting the IP design and development activities not core to the product. Semiconductor intellectual property involves designing and developing IP cores for the effective and efficient manufacturing of exclusive devices. The demand for reduced designing costs and an increase in adoption of modern system on chips (SoCs) designs for various applications is driving the global semiconductor intellectual property market.   The adoption of semiconductor intellectual property is expected to rise in the coming years, due to an increase in awareness about licensed semiconductor devices. This is due to high competition in the market to develop innovative products. Thus, development in technologies such as embedded DSP IP (digital signal processing IP) and programmable DSP IP is likely to provide significant market opportunities for semiconductor intellectual property service providers. Furthermore, increase in demand for semiconductor IP in the automobile industry is expected to provide substantial growth opportunities to the market. Economic pressure on companies is increasing due to the requirement of expertise and labour to manufacture elementary semiconductor components with different specifications. This pressure is reduced by outsourcing the manufacture of semiconductor components with the help of semiconductor intellectual property by licensing the technology and paying royalties. Thus, companies are leaning toward the reduction of capital expenditure and increasing investments in core products. This is anticipated to boost demand for semiconductor intellectual property.

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Semiconductor intellectual property plays an important role in the consumer electronics sector. It is used for developing a variety of chips and microprocessors of different specifications required in developing advance smartphones, televisions, etc.. The production of electronic devices is estimated to rise rapidly in the coming years. This is due to increased demand for connected devices incorporating advance features. In addition, increase in the use of consumer electronics is expected to lead to increased adoption of semiconductor intellectual property. The health care sector is expected to see large-scale adoption of semiconductor intellectual property services, due to a rise in demand for advance medical equipment. Increase in collaboration and mergers of local semiconductor intellectual property companies with international service providers is expected to present new opportunities for the semiconductor intellectual property market globally. Moreover, the adoption of a strategy of partnerships, mergers, and acquisition by key players in the semiconductor intellectual property market is helping semiconductor intellectual property vendors to understand the demands and requirements of consumers. In addition, these partnerships are allowing semiconductor intellectual property vendors to extend their product portfolio and deliver customized end-products with unique specifications.

Difficulties in detecting patented technologies and the occurrence of infringement of patented products in the semiconductor intellectual property market are hindering the growth of the semiconductor intellectual property market. This factor is expected to have a high positive impact in the short and medium term of the forecast period

Based on type, the semiconductor intellectual property market has been categorized into verification IP, ASIC, memory IP, interface IP, and processor IP. In terms of architecture design, the semiconductor intellectual property market has been classified into hard IP core and soft IP core. The soft IP core segment is expected to expand at a prominent pace because of the ability of soft IP core to perform testing in the virtual environment and optimize hardware components. In terms of application, the semiconductor intellectual property market can be segmented into the health care, telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, and others. The automotive segment is expected to expand at a robust pace in the coming years.

Rise in demand for unique and innovative products with varying specifications has led to the increased presence of semiconductor intellectual property service providers in the market. Major players in the semiconductor intellectual property market include Altera (Intel Corporation), Arm Limited, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Cast In., Ceva Inc., eSilicon Corporation, Imagination Technologies Limited, Kilopass Technology Inc., Mentor, a Siemens Business, Open-Silicon, Inc., Silabtech Private Limited, Synopsys Inc. and Avery.

Semiconductor Intellectual Property Market - Overview

This report provides an analysis of the global semiconductor intellectual property market for the period from 2016 to 2026, wherein the period from 2018 to 2026 is the forecast period and 2017 is the base year. Data for 2016 is provided as historical information. The report covers all the major trends and technologies that play a major role in the growth of the semiconductor intellectual property market over the forecast period. It also highlights various drivers, restraints, and opportunities expected to influence the market’s growth during this period. The study provides a holistic perspective of the growth of the semiconductor intellectual property market throughout the forecast period in terms of revenue estimates (in US$ Mn), across Asia Pacific (Asia Pacific), South America (SA), North America, Europe, and Middle East & Africa (Middle East & Africa).

Semiconductor intellectual property allows manufacturers to design chips faster using existing blocks. Semiconductor intellectual property cores are used to enhance the quality of devices and increase the efficiency of product. Rise in demand for reduced design and manufacturing costs across the world have resulted in the growth of the semiconductor intellectual property market. Moreover, a rise in the adoption of modern system on chips (SOC) designs and increase in adoption of outsourcing of semiconductor components are expected to drive the semiconductor intellectual property market. In addition, with an increase in the adoption of semiconductor intellectual property, many IP vendors are focusing on delivering customized specifications according to demand. IP vendors are divided into IP developers and licensors and open source IP vendors. They provide semiconductor IP to manufacturers in order to reduce the labor cost required to develop elementary components of devices. Thus, the growing presence of third-party IP vendors and increase in licensing of software with semiconductor IP by several key players are projected to drive market expansion during the forecast period.

Based on type, the semiconductor intellectual property market has been categorized into verification IP, ASIC, memory IP, interface IP, and processor IP. In terms of architecture design, the semiconductor intellectual property market has been classified into hard IP core and soft IP core. Based on application, the semiconductor intellectual property market has been divided into health care, telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, and others. In terms of country, the market in North America has been divided into the U.S., Canada, and Rest of North America. Similarly, the market in Europe has been divided into Germany, the U.K., France, and the Rest of Europe. The market in Asia Pacific has been segmented into China, Japan, India, and the Rest of Asia Pacific. Middle East & Africa covers the GCC countries, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East & Africa. Similarly, South America includes Brazil and the Rest of South America. The report also includes competitive profiling of the major players operating in the semiconductor intellectual property market. Important business strategies adopted by key players, their market positioning, and recent developments have also been identified in the research report. Increase in demand for licensed semiconductor devices due to high competition among manufacturing players to develop advance products has led to the increased presence of semiconductor intellectual property vendors in the market. The major players in semiconductor intellectual property market include Altera (Intel Corporation), Arm Limited, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Cast In., Ceva Inc., eSilicon Corporation, Imagination Technologies Limited, Kilopass Technology Inc., Mentor, a Siemens Business, Open-Silicon, Inc., Rambus Inc., Silabtech Private Limited, Synopsys Inc,. and Avery Design System.

Market Segmentation

Semiconductor Intellectual Property Market, by Type

  • Verification IP
  • ASIC
  • Memory IP
  • Interface IP
  • Processor IP

Semiconductor Intellectual Property Market, by Architecture Design

  • Hard IP
  • Soft IP

Semiconductor Intellectual Property Market, by Industry

  • Health Care
  • Telecommunications
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Others (Industrial Equipment, etc.)

Semiconductor Intellectual Property Market, by Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • The U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of South America
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