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ASIC Design Starts to grow at a 3.7% CAGR from 2021 through 2025, Says Semico Research

The ASIC design start landscape has changed due to a number of factors, one of which is the increase in NRE costs for complex ASIC designs. Additionally, companies and silicon designers are still exploring which silicon architectures will be the best fit for applications that include AI. New business models will also be possible using the increased productivity and efficiency brought to business through the introduction of AI capabilities. If these costs can be held in check over the next process generation, it is our belief that the growth rates shown in this report could prove to be conservative. Semico Research's new report, ASIC Design Starts 2022: New Applications and AI Become Market Drivers (SC107-22), forecasts that total ASIC design starts will grow at a 3.7% CAGR from 2021 through 2025.
"Artificial Intelligence functions—such as pattern recognition, voice recognition and language translation—will become ubiquitous, check-box features in almost every end application imaginable," says Adrienne Downey, Director Technology Research for Semico. "The race is on today to embed the right amount of compute resources into discrete silicon solutions that can be included in end-point devices. If this happens, we can expect a further increase in ASIC design start growth rates beyond what Semico is forecasting today."
Key findings include:

  • The worldwide ASIC market increased 10.0% in unit shipments in 2020.
  • Advanced Performance Multicore SoC unit volumes will show a CAGR of 4.6% from 2020 to 2025.
  • PLD unit volumes increased 18.4% in 2021.
  • Worldwide FPGA ASIC unit volumes for the Transportation segment will have a 15% CAGR from 2020-2025.

The report, ASIC Design Starts 2022: New Applications and AI Become Market Drivers (SC107-22), contains comprehensive data regarding the current and future ASIC design start landscape. The report is 107 pages long with 63 tables and 68 charts covering the following key metrics:

  • End market applications:
  • ASIC product types analyzed by design starts with unit shipments for:
*Analog and Mixed Signal
*3 SoC types
*FPGAs and PLDs
*Gate Arrays and Structured ASICs
  • Design starts for the 9 ASIC product types by
*Process Geometry – 500nm to 3nm
*Average gate count by application category
  • Two years of history (2019–2020) and a 5-year forecast (2021–2025)
  • A comparison between 1st time SoC design starts and SoC derivative designs
  • Definitions for the three types of standard SoCs and for SoCs with AI functionality added

For more information, contact:
Rick Vogelei
Phone: (480) 435 - 8564
About Semico
Semico is a semiconductor marketing & consulting research company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Semico was founded in 1994 by a group of semiconductor industry experts. We have improved the validity of semiconductor product forecasts via technology roadmaps in end-use markets. Semico offers custom consulting, portfolio packages, individual market research studies and premier industry conferences.

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