Global market for System-on-Chip (SoC) has been covered under the scope of this report. Functionally, a source is similar to a central processing unit (CPU) of a computer. The differentiating points of a SoC from a CPU are that all the features of the source are embedded on a single chip and is also much smaller in size. Additionally a SoC also may contain a graphic processing unit (GPU), memory and power management circuits among others. The smaller form factor combined with computing power of SoCs has led to its integration into various devices such as mobile phones, smart washing machines, tablets, smart air-conditioners, smart television and set-top boxes among others. Upgraded SoCs are being designed to smaller size, but has doubled the computing speed than its predecessors. Also, the newer SoCs are more energy efficient and generates much less heat when compared to their predecessors.
The global source market is primarily driven by an increase in the demand for smarter and power efficient electronic devices across all sectors. Recent years have seen a huge increase in demand for connecting devices such as smart phones and tablets among others. Also, the advent of smart gadgets, such as smart television and smart air conditioners among others, has also been highly influential in the growth of the demand for SoCs. The global increase in internet users has been significantly boosting the demand for ‘connected’ devices which are again mostly powered by SoCs having internet centric applications. Thus, it also boosted the global market for SoCs. The dimensional scaling of integrated circuits (IC), leading to declining cost per function and increased manifestation of Moore’s law have also been playing a significant role in positively driving this market. Development of newer generations of SoCs having multi-core technologies and embedded graphics systems has been another factor which also played a huge role in the growth of this market. With the rising demand of compact and scalable ICs in global electronic industry, the SoC market can be expected to be impacted positively.
The global source market has been segmented into four regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC) and Rest of the World (RoW). Asia-Pacific held the largest market share in 2014. Increased demand for smarter consumer electronics coupled with high growth in the number of internet users and higher acceptance of connected devices are the main driving factors in this part of the world. North America was the second largest market, followed by Europe. The SoC market in North America was mainly driven by factors such as an increase in demand for smart devices, higher application of SoCs in automobiles and advancement in electronic devices targeted at sectors such as telecommunication, military and healthcare among others. The growth in Europe can also be attributed to factors similar to North America.
The global SoC market, in terms of types, can be divided into four segments such as digital, analog, mixed signal and others. The demand for smarter devices with advanced functionalities has led the mixed signal SoCs segment to have the largest market share. On the basis of applications, the market can be segmented into four segments. They are telecommunication, consumer electronics, automotive and others. The high growth in demand for smart devices has led to consumer electronics being the largest segment of market revenue.
Some of the leading players profiled in the report are Apple, Inc. (US), Broadcom Corporation (US), Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (US), Infineon Technologies AG. (Germany), Intel Corporation (US), Qualcomm, Inc. (U.S.), Samsung (South Korea.), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Taiwan), STMicroelectronics N.V. (Switzerland), Toshiba Corporation (Japan) and MediaTek Inc. (Taiwan) among others.
This report provides strategic analysis of the global System-on-Chip (SoC) market. The scope of the report includes competitive analysis of various market segments based on the types of SoC, applications of SoCs in various industry verticals and in-depth scrutiny of the SoC market across different geographic segments. Global market for system-on-chip has been covered under the scope of this report. A SoC is similar to a central processing unit (CPU) of a computer. However it is much smaller in size and all the components such as microprocessor, memory and peripherals among others are packaged together onto the chip. The components of a SoC vary depending on the device it is to be used in. A typical SoC consists of a microprocessor, graphic processing unit (GPU), memory, peripherals, timing sources, analog interfaces, external interfaces, power management circuits and voltage regulators among others. The small form factor combined with computing power of SoCs has led to its integration into various devices such as smart phones, smart washing machines, tablets, smart air-conditioners, smart television, set-top boxes, industrial automation applications and electrocardiogram telemetry devices among others. Thus a SoC contains everything that a motherboard of a computer has but it consumes much less space and power while having similar or better performance.
The global SoC market is primarily driven by the increasing demand for smarter and power efficient electronic devices. Consumer demand for faster performing devices while consumption of lesser power has led to increased materialization of Moore’s law. Also the reducing cost per function of integrated circuits (IC) has also boosted this market. The increasing demand for better electronic devices at lower costs has led to vast improvement in technologies of SoC manufacturing. Dimensional scaling of ICs has led to decreased cost and increased manifestation of Moore’s law. Newer technologies of SoC designing and manufacturing have led to the reduction in the wire resistivity and capacitance of the transistors on an IC, coupled with better inter-connectivity of various parts, which has led to further declining of cost per function of ICs. Furthermore, the increasing demand for embedded graphics and multi-core technologies has also been positively impacting the SoC market. Newer SoCs having up to ten cores are entering the market and the number of cores can be expected to increase significantly during the forecast period. The increasing dependence on internet and overall increase in internet users has also led to increasing reliance on SoCs having internet centric applications. Efficient and minimal power consumption by SoCs is becoming a priority for the industry since consumers today are increasingly opting for devices having better battery back-up.
The report also includes competitive profiling of leading players in the industry and their market share to aid in strategic decision making. The market attractiveness analysis and company market share analysis included in the report provide insight into market dynamics, industry competition and strategies adopted by market leaders.
The report also provides breakdown and assessment of various factors impacting the market growth, which are suitably described as market drivers, restraints, and opportunities. These factors determine various existing trends and their impact on market growth. Overall, taking into consideration the various factors affecting the SoC market, the report includes a holistic analysis of the global SoC market, and provides an estimate of growth for the forecast period 2015 to 2021.
Some of the leading players in the market are Apple, Inc. (US), Broadcom Corporation (US), Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (US), Infineon Technologies AG. (Germany), Intel Corporation (US), Qualcomm, Inc. (U.S.), Samsung (South Korea.), STMicroelectronics N.V. (Switzerland), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Taiwan), Toshiba Corporation (Japan) and MediaTek Inc. (Taiwan) among others.
The report segments the global SoC market as:
System-on-Chip (SoC) market, by Types:
- Mixed Signal
System-on-Chip (SoC) market, by Applications:-
- Consumer electronics
System-on-Chip (SoC) market, by Geography: The market is segmented on the basis of geography into:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (Latin America, Middle East and Africa)