Increasing number of electronic integrations in the manufacturing sectors of a diverse range of end use industries is leading to growth in the Semiconductor IP Market. Incorporation of power electronics is aimed to increase revenue generating opportunities for the semiconductor IP industry. An IndustryARC report estimates that the global semiconductors IP market, which was valued at $4.72 billion in 2018, is set to grow at a CAGR of 13.85% during the forecast period 2019-2025.

Semiconductor IP Market: Leading Segments

OEMs are procuring semiconductor IPs from vendors such as such as Synopsys, Imagination Technologies, Arm, and Cadence Design Systems. Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and infotainment systems indicate emergence of semiconductor IP in the automotive sector, which cater to the enhanced driver experience and overall safety. Implementation of self-driving vehicles is going to augment demand for semiconductor IPs. Semiconductor IP suppliers play a key role in the supply chain of the automotive industry and enable the new generation of 5G C-V2X SoCs. C-V2X SoCs contain a massive number of IPs for implementing crucial embedded processor acceleration, multimedia, security, sensor fusion, and advanced connectivity functions. Hence, the automotive industry is noted to be the fastest growing application segment in the semiconductor IPs market, projected to grow at a CAGR of 14.37% over the forecast period.

APAC is the leading region in the global semiconductor IP market with the largest regional share of 32.47% in 2018. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are well-known traditional semiconductor powerhouses in the world. Increasing number of attacks on the intellectual properties of semiconductor companies is increasing the scope for chip designers to develop even-more-complex ICs which can ensure strong protection to intellectual property. Advanced interconnect and packaging technologies combined with IP blocks are elevating advancements in the APAC semiconductor industry.   

Semiconductor IP Market: Disruptive Trends

Semiconductors IP suppliers are boosting the penetration of semiconductor ecosystem in mobile, PC, consumer electronics, communications applications. On the other hand, they are also providing semiconductor IP solutions to handle automotive-level requirements. Widespread incorporation of more efficient semiconductor chips into devices starting from smartphones to military equipment is representing the power of semiconductor IP in differentiating the consumer electronic packs. It is also replicating the rise in usage of semiconductor IP in the consumer electronics industry. 

  System-on-a-chip (SoC) is transforming the electronic and semiconductor industries through the integration of astonishing performance & functionality in a cost effective microchip, which consumes low power. Silicon IP providers are offering many of the major functional blocks required for today’s SoCs. Sir Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies Group plc has stated that IP industry is helpful in building the ability to translate vision into reality and also engages in the constant enhancement of the same. Transformation in the way SoC’s handle the primary user applications which include gaming, multimedia and UI’s is boosting the growth of semiconductor IP market. 

o Growing utilization of advanced electronics in the automotive design of cars is enhancing the quality and reliability of automotives.

o Increasing adoption of processor IPs in consumer electronics and automobiles is boosting the growth of the semiconductor IPs market.

Semiconductor IP Market: Competitive Landscape

Lattice Semiconductor Corp., eMemory Technology Inc., Mentor Graphics Corp., Rambus Inc., CEVA, Inc., Imagination Technologies Group plc, Inc., Synopsys, Inc., Cadence Design Systems, ARM Holdings PLC, Sonics Inc. are some of the major semiconductor IP market players. Increase in number of business strategies of these players in semiconductor IP industry is defining the shares of competitors in the semiconductor IP market.

For instance, In 2019, Samsung Foundry inaugurates its partnership with Silvaco. It is aimed to launch Samsung’s semiconductor IP assets. Silvaco Inc. is one among the leading suppliers of EDA software and design IP. The Design IP segment of Silvaco’s business is experiencing fastest development, which accounts for a 50% sales growth for the year 2018. Samsung is bringing its proven IP to SoC engineers world-wide because of its partnership with Silvaco. Thus, this partnership positively impact the semiconductor IP market revenue. 

Synopsys Inc.:

Synopsys is one of the leading providers of high-quality silicon-proven IP solutions for SoC designs. Silicon-proven IP of this company is designed in such a manner so that it address memory, connectivity and processing as required for artificial intelligence applications. It supports automotive industry with its broad range automotive IP portfolio, which aid for ADAS, infotainment system, connected vehicle, and also mainstream MCUs. It also provides Low power and high performance IP particularly for networking, AI servers and storage SoCs. Furthermore, it offers IP solutions for 5G Mobile applications and IoT applications. Synopsys has publicized that its broad portfolio of silicon-proven IP involved in accelerating automotive SoC development of automotive applications.Therefore, the widespread use of design IP at various sectors is contributing for the increment of semiconductor IP market size. 

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