SAN FRANCISCO—Total sales of analog chips are expected to rise to about $43.8 billion in 2012, up 3 percent compared to 2011, according to market research firm Databeans Inc.
The market for application specific analog products is expected to grow to $26 billion in 2012, up from about $25.2 billion in 2011, according to Databeans (Reno, Nev.). The firm forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent for application specific analog products over the next five years.
The market for general purpose analog chips is expected to grow slightly to $17.5 billion in 2012, up from $17.1 billion in 2011, Databeas said. The firm said it expects the market for general purpose analog chips to grow faster than the application specific analog market over the next five years.
By 2016, Databeans forecasts the total analog semiconductor market will be worth more than $60 billion.
Databeans predicts that growth over the next five years will be seen in communications and consumer electronics segments especially, driven by the higher demands for handsets and portable devices, and by the increasing manufacturing consumption originating from the Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific region continues to grow in share relative to the global analog market, at the expense of other regions, and especially as production continues to move away from the Americas, Databeans said.
According to Databeans, analog remains one of the most diverse and profitable markets in the entire semiconductor industry. Application specific standard products (ASSPs) account for the majority of revenue, with high performance power ICs and data converters experiencing the fastest growth, Databeans said.
The communication analog market includes RF devices, and it is part of the above forecast. This segment is the largest of any application specific and has a CAGR of 9%. Microwave is also part of the overall analog forecast, and is classified under the consumer segment.