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10 IC product segments to grow this year

Posted: 15 Feb 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tablet  cellphone application MPUs  IC market  NAND flash 

Ten product categories, led by tablet MPUs and cellphone application MPUs, are forecast to exceed the 6 per cent growth rate forecast for the total IC market in 2013, according to IC Insights.

Five categories are forecast to enjoy double-digit growth, led by tablet MPUs (50 per cent) and cellphone application MPUs (28 per cent). Other IC categories that support mobile systems—including NAND flash (12 per cent) and special-purpose logic devices (7 per cent)—are expected to enjoy better-than-industry-average growth in 2013.

The number of categories with positive growth is expected to more than double to 22 in 2013 from 10 in 2012.

The market for 32bit MCUs is also forecast to outpace total IC market growth in 2013. Embedded applications in medical/health systems and smartcards have helped boost the 32bit MCU market. In the automotive world, demand for 32bit MCUs is being driven by "intelligent" car systems. In the next few years, complex 32bit MCUs are expected to account for over 25 per cent of the processing power in vehicles, said the report.

After back-to-back years of steep declines in 2011 and 2012, the DRAM market is forecast to increase 9 per cent in 2013, three points more than the total IC market. DRAM unit growth is expected to increase only 2 per cent, but the overall average selling price is forecast to jump 7 per cent this year.

IC Insights

IC Insights: Total IC Market Growth in 2013

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