Buoyed by fast-growing technologies in the wireless, broadband equipment, and consumer electronics arenas, the semiconductor industry will continue strong growth this decade after the lean years of 2001 and 2002, analysts predicted today.
According to In-Stat, some of the fastest-growing silicon categories include wireless cellular modems (2.5m units shipped in 2004 to 14.6m units in 2009), wireless LAN chipsets (84m units shipped in 2004 to 390m units in 2009), and digital TV sets (16.5m units shipped in 2004 to 93.8m units in 2009).
"Cellular technology, in particular, will continue to be a major growth engine through the remainder of the decade," said Chris Kissel, In-Stat analyst.
"The potential market for arguably the most successful consumer product of all time, the cellular handset, will grow from 1.6bn cellular phone subscribers worldwide to 2.6bn subscribers by 2009. That will represent one-third of the world's population."
A recent In-Stat report noted that sales of video game consoles bottomed out in 2005 at 16.5m units, but the launch of new products in the segment will double the size of the market by 2008.
The study also noted that some 100m PC CPUs were sold in 2002. In-Stat estimates 187.3m units will be sold in 2005.
However, the analyst points out that not all applications paint rosy pictures. It said that PDAs are a “dying product line” as they are being absorbed in smartphones. By 2009, shipment levels will be almost one-third of 2005 levels, it predicts.
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