Helluva Year For Programmables

The programmable logic market first hit $3 billion in 2000, and it didn’t make $4 billion until 2010, according to Ed Lepkowski of L-Mar Associates.


Throughout the $3 billion niche decade it looked as if the glory growth years of the programmable industry had been replaced by a mature, stagnant market.


Last year, it leapt $1.4 billion from $3.38 billion to $4.78 billion.


Altera had a banner year, increasing its share from 35.3% to 40.7% – the first time it has held a 40%+ share in a decade.

Xilinx, in the throes of transitioning its product line to a unified architecture, slipped below 50% market share for the first time since 2002.

Xilinx lost 4.5 points of market share last year dropping from 2009’s 52.8% to 2010’s 48.3%.

The surge in sales of programmables seems due more to general market exuberance and, maybe, a growing disinclination to go to the expense of ASIC, than anything the programmable companies have actually done.

Unless I’ve missed some major innovation.

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  1. David Manners
    February 02, 2011 16:21

    You’re absolutely spot on, CustomGuy, though the shame of it is that despite this major innovation, Actel’s market share slipped a point to 5% last year.

  2. CustomGuy
    February 02, 2011 16:08

    Some confusion here – Smartfusion is from Actel, who have themselves recently been taken over. Apparently it is a good product though…

  3. Edward Lepkowski
    February 02, 2011 14:59

    You make a vaid point. Often it is very hard to break out a small sales number from a much larger one unless it is clearly broken out by the mfg.(Atmel)in this case.

  4. David Manners
    February 01, 2011 18:12

    I did miss it Greg. Atmel isn’t on the programmable suppliers’ list of L-Mar Associates which I was quoting. Should it be?

  5. Greg
    February 01, 2011 17:29

    Atmel’s integration of mixed signal and an ARM processor on their Smartfusion FPGA is one major innovation from 2010. Perhaps you missed that.

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