Global System on Chip Market: Snapshot

System-on-chip or SoC refers to a singular microchip, which packs a variety of necessary components, such as electronic circuits, communication nodes, and other parts of an electronic device. SoCs comprise both hardware and software that are employed in a number of electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Over the past few years, the rising global demand for such mobile computing devices and other miniaturized consumer electronics has led to a significant rise in the use of SoCs. Moreover, the development of technologically advanced SoCs, which has led to inclusion of more features within a specified area of SoC, leading to better resistivity of wires and higher interconnectivity, has further helped in the overall growth of this market globally.

The market is expected to exhibit a promising growth rate over the next few years. Transparency Market Research states that the market will expand at a 8.4% CAGR from 2017 to 2025. With this growth rate, the market, which was valued at US$45.89 bn in 2016, is expected to rise to a valuation of US$89.03 bn by 2025.

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Demand for SoCs to Remain Strong in Consumer Electronics Application Segment

On the basis of application, the report segments the global market for system on chip into telecommunication, consumer electronics, and automotive. In 2016, the consumer electronics segment, followed by the telecommunication segment, formed one of the most lucrative application areas for SoC. The segment, accounting for a significant 37.1% of the global market in 2016, is expected to remain the leading contributor of revenue throughout the forecast period as well.

This growth is attributed to the world’s rising appetite for technologically advanced consumer electronics devices such as smart phones, tablets, and wearables. The rising adoption of the IoT (Internet of Things) technology across industrial as well as consumer sectors and the vast advancements in the field of networking services have also helped in broadening the scope of use of SoC in consumer electronics. Moreover, the rising demand for products with low power consumption in addition to being technologically advanced in circuit architecture has further bolstered the demand for SoC in consumer electronics and telecommunications segments.

APAC to Remain Leading Contributor of Revenue to Global Market

In terms of geography, the SoC market has been segmented in the report into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa (MEA), and Latin America. On the basis of revenue contribution to the global market, the APAC SoC market dominated in 2016, followed by the North America market. APAC accounted for more than 45% of the global market in the said year and is expected to hold the top spot throughout the forecast period.

The region’s market for SoCs has majorly benefitted from the thriving market for consumer electronics, boasting a massive consumer base as well as some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics. The increased adoption of IoT-based technological applications across a number of industry verticals has been also been a key reason backing the overall growth of the SoC market in APAC. Over the forecast period, however, North America is expected to emerge as one of the most promising destinations for companies in the SoC market.

The report estimates that the North America SoC market will exhibit a 9.2% CAGR from 2017 to 2025, much higher than the rate of growth expected in the Asia Pacific market over the same period, 7.9% CAGR.

Some of the leading players operating in the global SoC market are Apple Inc. (The U.S.), Broadcom Limited (Singapore), Infineon Technologies (The U.S.), Intel Corporation (The U.S.), Qualcomm Inc. (The U.S.), Samsung Electronics (South Korea), STMicroelectronics N.V. (Switzerland), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Taiwan), Toshiba Corporation (Japan), and MediaTek Inc. (Taiwan).

Demand for Reduced Consumption of Energy to Drive System-On-Chip Market

A system on a chip is abbreviated as SoC. The system is essentially centers around an integrated circuit (IC), which takes an entire single platform and then incorporates a computer system or an entire electronic onto it. The growth of the global system-on-chip market is estimated to be influenced by future objectives of the technology industry. Going forward, the primary objectives of the industry are as follows

  • Reduction in the wastage of energy
  • Saving up on the costs of spending
  • Diminishing the physical space occupied by large systems

It is with system on a chip technology, all of the above mentioned goals can be achieved. It helps in sizing down multichip designs onto one single processor that makes use of much less energy. These chips have enabled creation of plentiful transportable devices that can be carried conveniently to any location without compromising on the functionalities and capabilities of the device. Hence, these chips are often utilized in systems related to embedded system, smartphones, Internet of Things (IoT) and other such technologies.

Technological Progress to Play a Decisive Role in the Market

Robotics technology finds ample use in a wide variety of applications in industries such as healthcare, defense, military, electronics, and automotive. This helps various end user sectors to complex tasks with least errors. System on chips find use in robots to make an offering of a software platform that can provide support to operating system drivers, machine learning frameworks, and network interfaces. The incorporation of system on a chip technology in robots is estimated to lessen the overall ownership cost together with reduced time to market these robots, which is likely to drive the global system-on-chip market.

These chips assist in the minimization of space constraints by enabling easy integration of many components such as transistors, diodes, integrated circuits, controllers, and processors. In addition, manufacturers of these chips are emphasizing on further development of system on chip technology to meet up with the rising demand for cobots from various end use sectors. All these factors are likely to propel growth of the global system-on-chip market in the years to come.


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