GVR Report cover Microprocessor Market Size, Share & Trend Report

Microprocessor Market Size, Share & Trend Analysis Report By Architecture Type (ARM MPU, x64, x86, MIPS), By Application, By Region, and Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-666-0
  • Number of Pages: 250
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Report Overview

The global microprocessor market size was valued at USD 108.63 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.1% from 2023 to 2030. The market is expected to witness an increase in demand at the global level owing to the growing use of microprocessors in consumer electronics, such as smartphones, personal computers (PC), and laptops.

North America microprocessor market size

A microprocessor is an electronic component integrated on a single integrated circuit (IC) that contains millions of small components, including diodes, transistors, and resistors, which work together. This chip consists of various functions such as timing functions, data storage, and interaction with the peripheral devices. These ICs are used in various electronic devices such as servers, tablets, smartphones, and embedded devices, among others.

Rapidly growing demand for smartphones and tablets is expected to fuel the market growth over the forecast period. According to GVR analysis, globally, approximately 75% of the total mobile phone owners will own a smartphone by 2025. A microprocessor enhances the performance of the smartphone as it is used for enhancing the speed and efficiency of a smartphone. The performance speed of any smartphone is directly proportional to the performance of the microprocessor. Moreover, with the advent of ‘smart’ devices, electrical products such as televisions, digital cameras, laptops, and wearables devices offer various advanced technologies such as flat screens, touch screen monitors and displays, and Bluetooth, which require a larger number of ICs.

Microprocessors were initially designed for their use in personal computers and servers. These ICs are now being used in automotive applications, such as infotainment systems and Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), to offer improved connectivity and high-speed to vehicle systems. Besides, microprocessors act as the brain of servers, PCs, and large mainframes. Moreover, they are used for embedded processing in various systems, such as networking gear, wearable devices, computer peripherals, set-top boxes, medical, televisions, industrial equipment, video-game consoles, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Microprocessors used for digital consumer applications, PCs, and communications generally use one of several RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) architectures or a generic x86 processor. RISC cores decrease chip complexity by using simple instructions and keeping the instruction size constant without microcode layer or associated overhead.

On the other hand, factors such as high cost of manufacturing microprocessor integrated circuits, circuit designing cost, growing sales of low-priced mobile devices, declining shipment of individual computers, and high raw material prices are anticipated to hinder the market growth over the forecast years. However, due to various advancements in server processors, including Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), they are preferred over normal desktop processor depending on the applications.

The server processor with IoT and AI embedded microprocessor helps in reducing the unit cost for microprocessor, which, in turn, is having a positive impact on the market growth across the globe. These microprocessors are extensively being used in connected devices, data center facilities, and public clouds that allow the organizational data to move faster across the IT network. Thus, the organizations are incorporating these ICs to support the functioning of advanced technologies in devices, resulting in less operational cost.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the microprocessor market in several ways. One major impact was an increase in demand for microprocessor due to the shift to remote work and online learning. With many people working from home and attending school remotely, there was a need for more personal computers and other devices equipped with microprocessor, such as laptops and tablets. This led to an increase in the demand for microprocessor, as well as a shortage of certain types of microprocessor.

Another impact of the pandemic on the microprocessor market was the disruption of supply chains. The pandemic caused disruptions in the production and distribution of microprocessor, which led to delays and shortages. Finally, the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on the demand for certain types of microprocessor. For example, the demand for microprocessor used in servers and data centre increased due to the increased reliance on cloud computing and online services. On the other hand, the demand for microprocessor used in smartphones and other consumer electronics decreased due to the economic downturn and reduced consumer spending. Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic had a mixed impact on the microprocessor market, with some areas seeing increased demand while others experienced a decrease.

Architecture Type Insights

Manufacturers majorly offer four types of architecture-based microprocessor, namely ARM MPU, x64 MPU, x86 MPU, and MIPS. The ARM MPU segment is anticipated to register considerable growth of 7.7% during the forecast period 2023–2030. The ARM segment accounted for the largest market share of over 45% in 2022 and is expected to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the growing adoption of ARM processors across smartphones and personal computers. The ARM architecture offers various advantages, such as simple design, power efficiency, ease of management. Its high-power efficiency makes it highly compatible with portable and low-powered embedded devices such as notebooks and smartphones. Moreover, continuous developments in the ARM architecture have enabled these processors to offer higher performance computing capabilities compared to the x86 processors. For instance, in May 2020, Arm Ltd. launched Cortex-X1, a new custom line of CPU cores that provides 30% higher peak performance than Cortex A-77.

The x86 and x64 segments together dominate the processor market owing to their wide applications across the PC and server market. The x64 processor is an improvement in the x86 architecture, and both the processors are based on Complex Instruction Set Computing (CISC). Among x86 and x64, the x64 processors dominate the market due to their higher memory and processing power compared to the x86 processors. Moreover, x64 processors can better handle double instructions compared to the 32-bit architecture of x86 processors, due to which they work more efficiently. The x64 processors find applications in mobile processing, video game consoles, supercomputers, and virtualization technology, among others. The x86 processors find applications in personal computers, gaming consoles, laptops, and intensive workstations, among others.

Application Insights

The smartphone segment of the microprocessor market is expected to register significant growth of 8.4% during the forecast period.All the smartphones are equipped with microprocessor, which allow them to perform a wide range of tasks, including making phone calls, sending text messages, browsing the internet, and running various apps. The adoption of microprocessor in smartphones has also contributed to the increasing power and capabilities of these devices. As microprocessor technology has improved, smartphones have become more powerful and able to handle more complex tasks. This has enabled the development of increasingly sophisticated apps and has made smartphones an integral part of our daily lives. Microprocessor have enabled smartphones to connect to the internet, which has made them more useful and attractive to consumers. The ability to connect to the internet allows users to access a wide range of information and services, such as email, social media, and online shopping are the use cases of microprocessor in smartphones.Moreover, the personal computer manufacturers are collaborating with technology providers to provide high technology products to consumers. In February 2022, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. entered into an agreement to offer the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform for Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 Series. The Snapdragon 8 is an ultra-high-performance Qualcomm Hexagon processor featuring cutting-edge 5G, AI, camera, gaming, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth technologies.

Global Microprocessor Market Share, by Application, 2022 (%)

The personal computer (PC) segment of the microprocessor market accounted for the largest market share of more than 37% in 2022 of the global market shares. The personal computer segment offers strong commercial opportunities for key market players to tap on, supported by the increasing use of microprocessor chip within personal computers across the globe. Microprocessor offers various advantages including increased storage, improved volatile memory, logical functions, more operating system tasks, and low power consumption, leading to increased adoption of the component in the personal computer application. Moreover, key players in the market are continuously launching new products enabled with advance technology to gain key market share in the PC segment. For instance, In February 2022, Intel introduced new Intel Xeon D processors named D-1700 and D-2700. These processors feature computing capabilities beyond the core data center, offering a better experience for edge usages, critical networks, and workloads.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific region is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing region over the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the rising penetration of smartphones and other electronics such as laptops, mobiles, desktops, and tablets in the region. Developing economies such as China and India are also supporting the market growth due to various factors such as growing digitization, growing penetration of high-tech gadgets, and the advancement of automotive electronics, among others. Also, the rising usage of the internet of things (IoT), huge IT spending by the government, and increasing demand for cloud-based services are likely to drive regional market growth over the forecast period.

Microprocessor Market Trends by Region

Moreover, the recent spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe has strongly hampered the steady growth of the regional market. Most notably, the Chinese market is expected to be largely affected as several manufacturing plants remain closed to curb the impact of the Coronavirus. However, since the Coronavirus situation in China has almost plateaued, the market is likely to witness a strong economic recovery.

North America held a considerable market share of more than 19% in 2022, of the total microprocessor revenue share. The growth is attributed to the significant presence of prominent players in the region, including Intel Corporation., Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and Texas Instruments Inc. In the present market scenario, the U.S. dominates the North American region. High development in consumer electronics products, healthcare monitoring systems, and electric & hybrid vehicles, among others, are key growth-contributing factors in the U.S.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Microprocessor providers are focusing on research & development, which in turn would help increase their market presence. For instance, In February 2022, Intel introduced new Intel Xeon D processors named D-1700 and D-2700. These processors feature computing capabilities beyond the core data center, offering a better experience for edge usages, critical networks, and workloads.

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Inc.

  • Intel Corporation

  • Toshiba Electronic Devices and Storage Corporation

  • Texas Instruments Incorporated

  • Qualcomm technologies Inc.

  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited

Microprocessor Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 118.30 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 190.80 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.1% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2019 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Architecture type, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; U.K.; Germany; France; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Vietnam; Singapore; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc, Baikal Electronics, HiSilicon (Shanghai) Technologies Co., Limited., Intel Corporation, Marvell Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Microchip Technology Inc., Nvidia Corporation, MediaTek Inc., Broadcom Inc., STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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Global Microprocessor Market Segmentation

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

Global Microprocessor Market Segmentation

  • Architecture Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Million Units, 2017 - 2030)

    • ARM MPU

      • By ARM Size

        • ARM 32-Bit

        • ARM 64-Bit

      • By End Use Industry

        • Consumer Electronics

        • Networking & Communication

        • Automotive

        • Industrial

        • Medical Systems

        • Aerospace & Defense

        • Energy

          • Oil & Gas

          • Others

        • Others

    • x64

    • x86

    • MIPS

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Smartphones

    • Personal Computers

    • Servers

    • Tablets

    • Embedded Devices

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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