Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Analogue Out-Pacing IC Industry
Analogue is outpacing the industry. Average annual analogue IC unit growth rate is forecast by IC Insights to be 8.9% between 2013 and 2018 compared to 7.2% growth forecast for the industry as a whole.
Analogue unit shipments grew 15% in 2013 to become the first IC product category to ship more than 100 billion units in a calendar year period and are forecast to grow another 12.4% in 2014.
Analogue unit shipments as a percentage of total IC shipments have been on the increase for more than 30 years due to single-chip integration of digital ICs and ongoing system growth.
In 1980, analogue ICs represented 32% of total IC shipments, but that increased to nearly 40% in 1990, 46% in 2000, 49% in 2010, and is forecast to grow to 57% of total IC shipments in 2018.
Demand for medical/health electronics, LED lighting systems, and green energy management systems (lighting, temperature, security, etc.) for homes and commercial buildings is expected to keep analogue unit growth much more robust than other IC product categories through the forecast period.