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10 IC product segments to exceed total IC market growth in fiscal 2014

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SCOTTSDALE, USA: IC Insights’ March Update to the 2014 McClean Report (released later this month) provides updated forecasts for 33 major IC product categories through fiscal 2018.

Ten product categories, led by Tablet MPUs, DRAM, and Cellphone Application MPUs, are forecast to exceed the 7 percent growth rate forecast for the total IC market this year, with seven of the ten categories forecast to enjoy double-digit growth. The number of IC product categories with positive growth in fiscal 2014 is expected to increase to 19 from 15 in fiscal 2013.

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Consumer-driven mobile media devices, mainly smartphones and tablet computers, are forecast to keep the Tablet MPU (35 percent) and Cellphone Application MPU (19 percent) segments at or near the top of the growth list for the fourth consecutive year.

Other IC categories that support mobile systems including NAND flash (12 percent) and Display Drivers (10 percent) are expected to enjoy better-than-industry-average growth in fiscal 2014, too.

In fiscal 2013, the volatile DRAM market reappeared among the top-growing IC markets with 32 percent growth due to a big jump in the DRAM average selling price (ASP). DRAM average selling prices are forecast to show another big increase again in this year, propelling the DRAM market to a 23 percent upsurge, the second-fastest growing IC product segment in 2014, as stated by the forecast.

Demand for medical/health electronics systems and the growth in connectivity using the Internet will help the markets for Industrial/Other Application-Specific Analog and 32-bit MCU devices outpace total IC market growth in 2014. Also, the “intelligent” car is another hot market for 32-bit MCUs, which are incorporated into driver information systems, throttle control, and semi-autonomous driving features such as self-parking, advanced cruise controls, and collision-avoidance systems. In the ensuing few years, complex 32-bit MCUs are expected to account for over 25 percent of the processing power in vehicles.

In a world that is increasingly wireless, the Wired Comm-Special Purpose Logic/MPR is forecast to grow 8 percent. All wireless traffic eventually goes through high-speed cable transmission “backbone” networks.

Communications are routed over long distance via optical cable before getting to the cellular network on the other end. All the mobile Internet, data, and video traffic has to go through a cable network and that is keeping the market for Wired Comm-Special-Purpose Logic/MPR devices growing at a steady pace.

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