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Analog ICs Market Projected to Hit $67.8 Billion in 2011

Global shipments of analog and mixed-signal ICs, which were $31.7 billion in 2005, increased to $37 billion in 2006, according to a new technical market report by BCC Research. The report, “Analog and Mixed Signal Devices,” forecasts that by 2011, these IC shipments will reach $67.6 billion, a compound annual growth rate of 12.8%.

Standard ICs accounted for 45% of the total market for analog and mixed-signal ICs in 2005, versus 55% for application-specific ICs (ASICs), according to BCC Research. The report cites that the market for ASICs is growing at a faster rate than standard ICs, and by 2011, the ASICs market share is expected to reach 57%.

Telecommunications is the single biggest user of analog and mixed-signal ICs, accounting for an estimated 40% of the total market in 2005, and this share is expected to rise to 46% by 2011, projects BCC Research. The report also found that consumer products is the second largest market for analog and mixed-signal ICs, with a market share of 18% in 2005 and 21% in 2011. These segments were followed, in order of importance, by computers and peripherals, nonautomotive industrial applications and motor vehicles.

Geographically, the market for analog and mixed-signal ICs is concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounted for an estimated 57% of global sales in 2005, while North America (chiefly the United States) accounted for the second-largest share of the market (23%), followed by Europe (19%), per BCC Research. While the research firm expects Asia-Pacific to increase its market share somewhat over the next 5 years, particularly at the expense of North America, no major shifts in the geographical makeup of the market are expected.

The analog and mixed-signal IC industry is relatively concentrated. The 10 largest manufacturers control more than 70% of the global market, found BCC Research. The current market leaders are Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics and Infineon.

For more information, see www.bccresearch.com.

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