Comms to overtake computing as No.1 IC application
Communications applications are forecast to surpass computer applications as the leading end-use for ICs starting in 2014 and lasting through at least 2016, says IC Insight.
Communications will be the largest end-use application in every major geographic region of the world. ?
The communications IC market is forecast to grow 9.2% in 2012 to $90bn, from $82.4bn in 2011, and increase 11.7% to $100.5bn in 2013, breaking the $100bn level for the first time.
The total communications IC market is forecast to reach $114.4bn in 2014, 4.6% more than the $109.4bn computer IC market. ?
From 2011 to 2016, the communications IC market is forecast to grow by a CAGR of 14.1%, reaching $159.5bn at the end of the forecast period. The communications segment accounted for 31.2% of worldwide IC sales in 2011 and the computer end-use segment 41.7%.
By 2016, these two segments will flip-flop, with communications forecast to represent 42.2% of the total IC market, compared to 34.0% for the computer segment.