How the 3 Cs are driving IC consumption
Communications and computers lead in all regions with consumer electronics coming third in the Americas, Japan and Asia-Pacific. In Europe the third largest sector in 2015 will be automotive, IC Insights forecasts.
Regional IC consumption by system type: Source: IC Insights. To see a larger version of this chart click here
Collectively, communications, computers, and consumer systems are projected to account for 85.7 percent of IC sales in the Americas this year compared to 77.9 percent in Japan and 90.8 percent in Asia-Pacific. Communications, computer, and automotive applications are forecast to represent 82.3 percent of IC sales in Europe in 2015.
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Computer applications were the largest market for IC sales for three decades but the global communications IC market took over the top spot in 2013 due to the strengthening demand for smartphones and weakening demand for personal computers.
Total IC usage by system type for 2015 ($310.5 billion forecast). Source IC Insights.
IC sales to the automotive market are forecast to represent only about 8 percent of total IC sales of $310.5 billion in 2015 but the predicted compound annual growth rate of 10.8 percent for the period 2013 to 2018 is highest among all the end-use applications.
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