Asia-Pacific’s grip as the dominant market for IC sales is forecast to strengthen in 2015 with the region expected to account for 58.9 percent of the $295.0 billion IC market this year, based on analysis published in IC Insights’ mid-year Update to its IC Market Drivers 2015 report. The forecast marketshare represents an increase of 0.5 percentage points over the 58.4 percent share that the Asia-Pacific region captured in 2014. The Asia-Pacific region is particularly dominant with regard to IC marketshare in the computer and communications categories, and to a lesser extent in the consumer and industrial categories (Figure 1). 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 marketshare lead to 2.7 points in 2015.
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 marketshare—a condition that is forecast to hold through 2018.
IC Insights’ Update to the IC Market Drivers 2015 report forecasts total IC usage by system type through the year 2018. Highlights from the forecast data include the following items.
• The two largest end-use market segments in 2015—computer and communications—are forecast to account for 73.9 percent of the total IC sales this year.
• 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 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively.
• The automotive IC market is forecast to a CAGR of 6.1 percent from 2012-2018, yet automotive’s share of the total IC market is forecast to remain below 8.0 percent throughout this time.
• In 2015, analog ICs are forecast to represent the greatest share of IC sales among automotive (43 percent) and industrial (50 percent) applications; logic devices are expected to account for the greatest share of IC sales within government (33 percent) and consumer (19 percent) systems, and MPUs (60 percent) are forecast to account for the greatest share of IC sales in the computer segment.