Communications ICs Represent the Majority of the Foundry Market


Staff member
Mar 3, 2018
According to Digitimes, the communications IC market accounts for 52% of the whole pure-play foundry market. 10 years ago, computers and computing systems made up the bulk of the market, but thanks to relatively flat PC sales, they only make up 19% of the market now.

IC foundry sales for computer applications are expected to surge 41% in 2018, driven by TSMC's cryptocurrency device sales, IC Insights indicated. Nevertheless, the communications foundry market will still be about 3x the size of the computer segment in 2018, IC Insights said. The communications foundry market is forecast to display only a 2% growth rate in 2018, six points less than the total pure-play foundry market growth rate expected for this year, IC Insights noted. New server applications targeting artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things, cloud computing and cryptocurrency are forecast to breathe new life into this market segment over the next five years. TSMC, for example, expects its IC sales into the IoT segment to grow by a CAGR of more than 20% from 2017 through 2022.