Market Growth Rate Peaks After a Strong 2017; IDC Forecasts Semiconductor Revenue Growth of 7.7%, Reaching $450 Billion in 2018

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 21, 2018 – After strong year-over-year growth of 24% in 2017, worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to grow for the third consecutive year in 2018 to $450 billion, up 7.7% over 2017, according to a new Semiconductor Applications Forecaster (SAF) from International Data Corporation (IDC). The SAF also forecasts that semiconductor revenues will log a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.9% from 2017-2022, reaching $482 billion in 2022.

The overall memory market was the key story of last year, due to strong demand, limited supply, and product mix constraints. The DRAM and NAND memory markets grew to $73 billion and $49 billion respectively, reflecting year-over-year growth rates of 77% and 52% for 2017. Excluding DRAM and NAND, the overall semiconductor market grew by 12% year over year. For 2018, non-memory semiconductors are forecast to grow $11 billion to $302 billion. Both DRAM and NAND will continue to grow this year, but are expected to decline from 2019-2021 before recovering slightly in 2022.

The strong memory market resulted in Samsung Electronics capturing the top semiconductor manufacturer spot away from Intel and raised the profile of all the memory manufacturers, which now represent three of the top five semiconductor companies compared to only two the previous year. Revenue concentration continued to increase for the overall market with the top 10 companies making up 60% of the semiconductor market compared to 56% in 2016 and 53% in 2015.

“Market consolidation in the semiconductor industry over the past five years continues to shape the competitive landscape for semiconductor suppliers as each company continues to refine its core markets and make acquisitions to find new and emerging sectors for growth. The pace of change and technology is expected to accelerate as machine learning and autonomous systems enable a more diverse set of architectures to address the opportunity. This will fuel the engine of growth for semiconductor technology over the next decade,” said Mario Morales, program vice president, Semiconductors at IDC.

The automotive market and the industrial markets will continue to be the leading areas of growth for the semiconductor market throughout the forecast period, growing at a 9.6% and 6.8% CAGR from 2017-2022. “The key drivers of electrification, connectivity and infotainment, advanced driver assistance (ADAS), and autonomous driving features will continue to drive the growth of semiconductor content on a per vehicle basis,” said Nina Turner, research manager for Semiconductors at IDC.

Other key findings from IDC’s Semiconductor Application Forecaster (excluding memory) include:

  • Semiconductor revenue for the computing industry segment will decline 4.0% this year and will show a negative CAGR of -0.7% for the 2017-2022 forecast period. Two bright spots for the computing segment are computing and enterprise SSDs, growing in high double digits and 9.8% CAGR respectively for 2017-2022.
  • Semiconductor revenue for the mobile wireless communications segment will grow 5.5% year over year this year with a CAGR of 5.8% for 2017-2022. Semiconductor revenue for 4G mobile phones will experience an annual growth rate of 10.9% in 2018 and a CAGR of 3.1% for 2017-2022. 5G will also drive growth in the later part of the forecast as the technology becomes mainstream by the middle of the next decade.
  • Communications infrastructure semiconductors are forecast to grow at a 1.7% CAGR from 2017-2022 with the strongest growth coming from consumer networks.

Additional semiconductor market research can be found at

The IDC report, Worldwide Embedded and Intelligent Systems Forecast, 2018–2022: Data Transformation and the Journey of Data Across the Internet Landscape from the Physical to the Digital (IDC #US43690318), presents the worldwide embedded and intelligent systems market by placement in the IoT, industry segment, and two other views.

The IDC report, Worldwide PC and Server Discrete Graphics Processing Unit Market Shares, 4Q17: Gaming and Cryptocurrency Mining Drive Volume (IDC #US43723018), provides the worldwide market and vendor share results for desktop PC, mobile PC, and server discrete graphics processing unit vendors for the fourth calendar quarter of 2017.

The IDC report, Worldwide Server Microprocessor Market Shares, 4Q17: By Vendor, Architecture, Channel, Socket, and System Category (IDC #US43723518), examines the performance of the server microprocessor market by shipments and revenue by vendors as well as unit shipments by processor architecture, channel to customer, socket design capability, and system category.

The IDC report, Worldwide DRAM Demand and Supply 4Q17–4Q18 and 2018–2022 Update (IDC #US43639218), provides the CY 4Q17 DRAM and CY 2017 vendor share results and forecasts for both the short-term (4Q17–4Q18) and the long-term (2018–2022) worldwide DRAM market.

The IDC report, Worldwide NAND Flash Demand and Supply 4Q17–4Q18 and 2018–2022 Update (IDC #US43639418), provides the CY 4Q17 and CY 2017 vendor share results and the forecasts for both the short term (4Q17–4Q18) and the long term (2018–2022) for the worldwide NAND flash memory market.

The IDC report, Worldwide Cloud Infrastructure Semiconductor Market Shares, 4Q17: Growth Flattens (IDC #US43679718), provides an update on select semiconductor companies focused on delivering solutions for communications infrastructure in the cloud and IDC’s estimate of the companies’ quarterly revenue in the cloud and mobile communications infrastructure market.

The IDC presentation, Worldwide Automotive Update: 4Q17 and Full-Year 2017 Summary (IDC #US43227118), summarizes worldwide automobile sales forecast and quarterly sales worldwide and for North America, Europe, Japan, and China. An autonomous vehicle road map by OEM as announced is included.

IDC’s Worldwide Semiconductor Applications Forecaster database serves as the basis for IDC semiconductor supply-side documents, including market forecasts and consulting projects. This database contains revenue data collected from over 140 of the top semiconductor companies for 2014-2017 and market history and forecasts for 2014-2022. Revenue for over twelve semiconductor device areas, four geographic regions, seven industries, and more than 65 end-device applications are also included in the database. For more information about the SAF, please contact Nina Turner at

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