Consumer Electronics Drive FPGA Growth
San Francisco, Calif. – The global field programmable gate array (FPGA) market is forecast to reach $9,882.5 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The key growth driver over the next six years is increasing demand for consumer electronics, including smartphones.
The report, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Market Analysis By Application (Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Data Processing, Industrial, Military And Aerospace, Telecom) And Segment Forecasts To 2020, also finds that growing electronics content in automobiles along with further adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) will contribute to growth over the forecast period from 2014 to 2020.
Consumer electronics accounted for more than 12 percent of the market in 2013, and is expected to grow faster than the global average over the next six years, said the market researcher. However, telecom is expected to remain the largest and fastest growing application segment over the forecast period, at an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8 percent.
One of the biggest factors spurring FPGA demand across applications is device miniaturization, according to the report. A few of those growth opportunity applications include wireless networks and medical imaging. In particular, medical imaging poses a growth opportunity because FPGAs, offering a high degree of flexibility, are reprogrammable and reusable. However, ASICs as viable FPGA substitutes may hamper growth over the next six years, according to report analysts.
In terms of regional growth, Asia Pacific accounted for more than 40 percent of the global market share in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.6 percent over the forecast period. SafetyClass X capacitors are used in “across-the-line” applications where their failure would not lead to electric shock. Class X safety caps are used between the “live” wires carrying the incoming AC current. In this position, a capacitor failure should not cause any electrical shock hazards, rather, a capacitor failure “between-the-lines” would usually cause a fuse or circuit breaker to open. regulations in automobiles also is projected to drive FPGA adoption in developed markets such as Europe.
Xilinx and Altera continue to retain their leadership in the FPGA market through innovations. One case in point is Altera’s FPGAs with embedded CPU architecture for storage in the cloud and high performance computing. The company’s new storage reference design, based on its Arria 10 SoCs, is said to double the life of NAND flash and can increase the number of program-erase cycles by up to 7X compared to current NAND flash implementations.