SAN FRANCISCO The value of worldwide FPGA shipments is expected to increase from $1.9 billion in 2005 to $2.75 billion by 2010, with much of the revenue coming from low-volume shipments, according to high-tech market research firm In-Stat.
By 2010, the largest two end-use segments will continue to be communications and industrial, growing to a combined FPGA market share of 76.8 percent from 73.8 percent in 2005, according to a new In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.) report.
"In large part, low volume use of this product relates directly to price, which directly correlates to complexity, and prices can run from less that $100 per unit to several thousand dollars per unit," said Jerry Worchel, In-Stat senior analyst. "End-use applications will determine the viability of using FPGAs for the long haul."
The report concludes that FPGAs find applications across the entire spectrum of electronic system design, from basic glue logic at the lower densities, to high-complexity, ASIC-type devices at the high-density end. At the high-end, products such as Altera Corp.'s Stratix family and Xilinx Inc.'s Virtex family find their main applications in the development of high-volume products, mostly in the communications market, according to the report.