Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Market Report

Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Market Analysis By Technology (SRAM, EEPROM, Antifuse, Flash), By Application (Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Industrial, Data Processing, Military & Aerospace, Telecom), And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2024

Published: December 2016  |  130 Pages  |  Format: PDF  |  Report ID: 978-1-68038-133-7

Industry Insights

The global FPGA market size was estimated at USD 6.36 billion in 2015. Growing applications in military & aerospace, consumer electronics, and the automotive industry is a critical factor supporting their growth in newer segments and are presumed to drive the industry over the coming years.

Increased preference of FPGAs over Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) during the last few years can be attributed to their efficiency over the latter and growing demand originating from end-use industries. Technological improvements in FPGA design have led to the increased demand for SRAM, antifuse, and flash-based field programmable gate arrays. 

U.S. FPGA Market by application, 2014 - 2024 (USD Billion)

U.S. FPGA Market

The telecommunication sector accounted for a majority of the application share in 2015. Moreover, with increasing demand for smartphones and internet access, demand for FPGAs is projected to witness an upsurge during the forecast period. Adoption of the FPGA technology in different industries is projected to boost its demand over the next eight years. Furthermore, its inherent advantage of being reprogrammable after manufacturing to meet specific application requirements is expected to propel the industry growth.

The industry is characterized by considerable growth opportunities in the military & aerospace, and consumer electronics segment. This is due to the differentiating features of field programmable gate arrays, which make them better than ASICs. Consumer electronics devices are becoming extremely sophisticated as they require specific product applications which are addressed by FPGAs. The emergence of flash-based field programmable gate arrays which is non-volatile, and can be electrically erased and reprogrammed, is anticipated to propel the industry growth in the coming years.

With growing design size, faster application, and reusability of the circuit, verification of the field programmable gate arrays has become mandatory. However, lack of a standardized verification technique is one of the challenges which the industry is currently facing. Also, its overlapping market with Application Specific Standard Parts (ASSP), System on Chip (SOC), and ASICs are some of the anticipated challenges which may deter the growth over the forecast period.

Application Insights

The military & aerospace segment is expected to witness a considerable growth over the coming years. The design cycle of the circuits can be engineered for complex warfare electronic systems. The front-end processing modules coupled with CPUs are very powerful and possess innovative equipment for image processing. Such features are presumed to bolster the adoption of FPGAs in military & aerospace equipment.

The telecom industry accounted for the largest share in 2015 and is expected to continue dominating the industry over the next eight years. The pattern facilitates quick customer service for wireline and wireless communication solutions with high processing speed, a flexibility of circuit designs, and a low turnaround time.

With consumer electronic devices and automobiles providing more differentiating features as compared to other applications, there has been an increase in demand for field programmable gate arrays in these application segments. The increasing demand is attributed to the expanding market size of consumer electronics, especially smartphones, computer devices, and gaming devices. In the case of the automotive industry, the need for enhanced safety and driver assistance platforms is driving the use of FPGAs.

Technology Insights

SRAM and Flash-based FPGAs are projected to elevate themselves as the most widely used technologies over the next eight years. SRAM-based segment dominated the industry share in 2015 and are expected to retain their dominance over the next eight years. These are majorly used for programming the routing to interconnect arrays and programming Configurable Logic Blocks (CLBs) used for implementing logic functions.

The demand for flash-based technology is expected to witness a considerable growth in the recent future. It is nonvolatile and can be electronically erased. As compared to the other technologies, the flash-based segment is projected to record the fastest growth during the forecast period.

Global FPGA market share, by technology, 2015 (USD Million)

Global FPGA market

Antifuse-based FPGAs are nonvolatile, can be programmed once, and are more radiation tolerant than their SRAM-based counterparts. They have wide usage in the telecom, consumer electronics, and automotive industry.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific is estimated to witness significant growth over the forecast period, which can be attributed to the rising number of consumer electronics, automotive, and other industries in the region that use field programmable gate arrays for their product design. Countries such as Japan, China, India, and South Korea have transformed themselves into hubs for consumer electronics and automotive manufacturing, which has played a crucial role in shaping the industry in the region.

The North America FPGA market is expected to grow at a decent rate over the forecast period. SRAM-based FPGAs are projected to have the largest market size as compared to the other technologies. The military & aerospace application segment is projected to witness the fastest growth rate in the region and emerge as a major growth driver.

Competitive Insights

Altera Corp. and Xilinx Inc. have been in the industry for more than 30 years and together hold almost 90% of the market share. These two companies are highly integrated across the value chain and are closely involved in the design and testing processes. The competition within the industry is very high, with key participants constantly competing with each other to come up with innovative technologies. They have similar product offerings and follow competitive pricing to gain a larger share globally.

Report Scope

Attribute

Details

Base year for estimation

2015

Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2024

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2024

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, China, India, Japan, Brazil

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2024. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the FPGA market on the basis of technology, application, and region:

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2024)

    • SRAM

    • EEPROM

    • Antifuse

    • Flash

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2024)

    • Consumer Electronics

    • Automotive

    • Industrial Sector

    • Data Processing

    • Military & Aerospace

    • Telecom

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2024)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

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