Field Programmable Gate Array Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Field Programmable Gate Array Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Technology (SRAM, Antifuse, Flash), By Application (Military & Aerospace, Telecom), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Apr, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-133-7
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 130

Report Overview

The global field programmable gate array market size was valued at USD 9.0 billion in 2019 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7% from 2020 to 2027. The growing adoption of field programmable gate array (FPGA) in areas of security, network processing, and deep packet inspection is anticipated to drive their demand over the forecast period. They offer capabilities such as high compute density and low power consumption, which make them the preferred architecture for various applications requiring heavy data flow and streaming data processing. Increasing adoption of FPGAs in the military and aerospace application areas such as waveform generation, image processing, and secured communication is expected to drive the FPGA market growth over the next few years.

U.S. FPGA market size

FPGAs are used in military equipment such as sensors, radars, and electronic warfare systems to attain higher range, data processing, and electronic counter measures. With more countries focused on strengthening their military establishments, companies are continually innovating and developing field programmable gate arrays for military applications. For instance, in November 2018, Xilinx, Inc. launched the Kintex and Virtex portfolio of defense-grade field programmable gate arrays for the space and military applications. These circuits have anti-counterfeiting features and are designed to withstand harsh environments and provide security and reliability of operation.

Increased adoption of FPGAs as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resource to cloud customers is driving the market growth. Several cloud service providers are deploying field programming gate arrays to accelerate the service-oriented tasks such as network encryption, deep learning, memory caching, webpage ranking, high frequency trading, and video conversion. For instance, Amazon.com, Inc. uses field programmable gate arrays coprocessor in the EC2 F1 virtual machine for customer hardware accelerations.

Similarly, Microsoft Corporation uses field programmable gate arrays in Azure that are integrated with Azure Machine Learning (ML). They are used for Deep Neural Network (DNN) evaluation, Software Defined Networking (SDN) acceleration, and Bing search ranking. Furthermore, increasing investments in data center is another factor driving the market. Data centers deploy FPGAs at a large scale and ongoing investment in the same would propel the demand over the next few years. In February 2019, Google, Inc. announced investment of over USD 13.0 billion in data centers across U.S.

Augmented demand for tailored integrated circuits is anticipated to fuel the market development over the forecast period. The field programmable gate arrays technology is evolving overtime with a low turnaround time, lesser cost incurred than Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASICs), and lower power consumption. FPGAs are flexible as compared to ASICs as they can be reconfigured subsequent the designing and implementation of the circuit. This is likely to remain a high-impact driver over the forecast period as FPGAs allow designers to alter their designs even after the finished product has been installed in the field.

The automotive industry is one of the major contributors to the market demand. Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) designers prefer FPGAs for vision processing applications that require high-level processing and fine-grained parallelism. Key manufacturers are continuously upgrading their product portfolio for suiting the changing requirements of the automotive industry. For instance, in November 2019, Xilinx, Inc. launched the new automotive-qualified circuits, 16-nm FinFET+, that target the ADAS and self-driving cars.

Technology Insights

The Static Random-Access Memory (SRAM) segment accounted for the largest revenue share in 2019, as it offers better flexibility, re-programmability, high integration, and high performance for various applications. Wide adoption of SRAM-based field programmable gate arrays in military and aerospace, telecom and wireless communication systems, and consumer goods is contributing to the segment growth. The antifuse FPGAs are more robust than SRAM-based arrays, particularly in radiation environments. The segment is expected to witness a significant growth over the forecast period owing to the faster boot time and higher reliability.

Flash-based FPGAs are anticipated to be the most prominently used technology over the forecast period. The segment is witnessing high demand as key players are upgrading their portfolio of flash field programmable gate arrays to cater to the growing application base. For instance, in October 2019, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation launched the CrossLinkPlus flash field programmable gate array family for the embedded vision system based on MIPI D-PHY interface. They provide improved display and sensor bridging, which is a requisite for the automotive, industrial, consumer, and computing applications.

The Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM)-based FPGAs are likely to witness a sluggish growth over the forecast period owing to rapid increase in usage of newer technologies such as SRAM and Flash. The slow growth over the next few years could be attributed to unceasing improvements in the new technologies, which are nonvolatile in nature, more flexible with respect to application requirements, and less power consuming.

Application Insights

The telecom sector accounted for the largest revenue share in 2019 and is anticipated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. Vast usage of field programmable gate arrays in wireless communication and telecommunication sectors for several applications such as data packet switching, packet processing, and optical transport network is propelling the FPGA market growth. Moreover, they also provide bandwidth to telecom service providers to generate compatible networks from 3G to LTE and further. Advent of 5G network is expected to drive the FPGA growth further from 2020 to 2027 as they offer configurability, flexible hardware accelerators, high-speed switching, and low latency operation at low costs.

The military and aerospace segment is expected to grow at a substantial rate over the forecast period. Emergence of embedded field programmable gate array has particularly favored the aviation and defense industry by offering even better integration, reliability, and low power option over the traditional FPGAs. The Boeing company embraced e-FPGAs in 2018 for applications including encryption and decryption, which require high bandwidth input-output. FPGA manufacturers are innovating and developing state-of-the-art products for the growing need of this sector. For instance, Microchip Technology Inc. started working on the radiation tolerant, RT PolarFire FPGA for high speed data paths in spacecraft applications and expects the product availability for space-flight deployment by 2021.

Global FPGA market share

There has been a surge in the use of field programmable gate array in the consumer electronic industry, especially for gaming and computer devices. Mobile phone manufacturers are widely using FPGAs owing to their small size and low power consumption. The FPGAs perform Digital Signal Processing (DSP) functions such as signal processing and image enhancement in smartphones.

The ever-increasing number of smartphone users is also expected to provide new growth avenues for the key market players. Several industrial application areas such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), smart energy, and automation use FPGAs to enable system designers to meet evolving standards, thus increasing the scalability and performance while reducing the costs. The fourth generation of automation with even more advanced computing capacities is expected to drive the industry growth.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific region accounted for the largest revenue share of the field programmable gate arrays industry in 2019 and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. China accounted for the largest revenue share in the region due to persistent investments and initiatives undertaken by the government to augment the industry growth. For instance, in March 2018, China setup a government-backed semiconductor fund of USD 28.9 billion to nurture its national chip industry. This initiative focuses on developing FPGAs, core processing units, and memory chips to create new opportunities in the market.

The North America regional market captured a revenue share of over 25.0% in 2019. Within the region, Mexico is expected to witness significant growth due to its flourishing automobile industry. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), declared the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in November 2018. The USMCA ensures that more tech products like semiconductors made in the America can be shipped to clients worldwide, by encouraging free trade. Such contracts are expected to drive the market growth over the coming years.

The South America region is anticipated to gain limelight as there is a boost in the automobile, industrial, and aerospace sector, especially in Brazil. Furthermore, tech companies are shifting and expanding their data center capacities to Middle East & Africa, which is expected to result in high growth prospects for the regional field programmable gate array demand. For instance, in 2019, Microsoft Corporation initiated data centers in the UAE and Amazon.com, Inc. launched three availability zones in Bahrain. Expansion of data centers in the region is expected to significantly cater to the market growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The key players that dominated the global market in 2019 include Intel Corporation; Xilinx, Inc.; and Lattice Semiconductor Corporation. Companies are stressing on research and development to develop technologically advanced products to gain a competitive edge. For instance, in August 2019, Xilinx, Inc. developed the world’s largest field programmable gate arrays, VU19P, which features nine million system logic cells. The VU19P is built as four segments, however, acts as a single large piece of silicon with 35 billion transistors. This FPGA is designed to cater to the complex measurement, test, compute, and networking applications. The product is anticipated to be launched in the second quarter of 2020.

Companies are engaging into partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions, aiming to strengthen their product portfolio, manufacturing capacities, and provide competitive differentiation. For instance, in April 2019, Intel Corporation acquired England-based Omnitek, a provider of vision field programmable gate array IP solutions. The company is leveraging the proficiency of Omnitek and delivering FPGA solutions for vision, video, and artificial intelligence inferencing applications on its FPGAs. Intel Corporation also acquired a fabless semiconductor company, eASIC that fabricates customized chips for cloud and wireless environments. The company strengthened its solutions for applications of cloud requiring heavy data computing, such as artificial intelligence, video services, and financial risk analysis.

Suppliers are following the fabless approach, which helps them gain access to the fabrication facilities without incurring huge capital investment. Fabless firms can outsource the production of the FPGAs and focus their time, resources, and efforts to develop new ideas, devote in research, and enhance their marketing tactics to boost their sales. It also helps them maintain variability in production velocity and volume, without overburdening on their resources. Some prominent players in the field programmable gate array market include:

  • Intel Corporation

  • Xilinx, Inc.

  • Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

  • NVIDIA Corporation

  • Broadcom

  • AMD, Inc.

Field Programmable Gate Array Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2020

USD 9.85 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 18.8 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 9.7% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation

2019

Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Technology, application, and region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

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

Key companies profiled

Intel Corporation; Xilinx, Inc.; Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; NVIDIA Corporation; Broadcom; AMD, Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global field programmable gate array market report on the basis of application, technology, and region:

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • SRAM

    • EEPROM

    • Antifuse

    • Flash

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Consumer Electronics

    • Automotive

    • Industrial

    • Data Processing

    • Military & Aerospace

    • Telecom

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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