Global IC market to grow 9% in 2011

The global semiconductor market is forecast to grow nine percent in 2011, reaching $303 billion, after rising 23 percent in 2010, according to International Data Corp. (IDC),Framingham,Mass.

IDC’s latest Semiconductor Application Forecaster (SAF) also projects a six percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2010 to 2015 forecast period. However, IDC noted that several issues could negatively impact the semiconductor market in 2011, including high unemployment, the Euro crisis, and a commodity-driven asset bubble inBrazil,Russia,Indiaand China (BRIC) countries.

The computing industry segment, which accounts for about 40 percent of all semiconductor revenues, is projected to grow seven percent in 2011, after reaching $113 billion in 2010. CAGR is pegged at six percent from 2010 to 2015.

IDC expects the launch of Intel’s Sandybridge and AMD’s Fusion APU in 2011 to help drive the PC replacement cycle and semiconductor demand into 2012.

Semiconductor devices expected to fuel growth over the next five years include microprocessors, microcontrollers, and ASSPs, while growth for memory devices including Flash and DRAM are expected to decline.