RISC-V headed for mainstream, says Semico

December 09, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
RISC-V headed for mainstream, says Semico
Semico Research has forecast that RISC-V cores will make a market of 62.4 billion units in 2025, up from less than a billion in 2019, according to the RISC-V Foundation.

Semico's report: "RISC-V market analysis: The new kid on the block" provides the forecast that across all market segments – computer, consumer, communications, transportation, industrial and other – the market will enjoy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 146.2 percent over the period 2018 to 2025.

It also indicates that RISC-V will do best in the industrial sector which will be responsible for more than half of the 2025 total.

RISC-V shipment growth forecast by industry sector. Source: RISC-V Foundation.

As part of the research Semico evaluated 25 applications within five major end market sectors. It also broke down deployment into four product categories varying from a "soft implementation" on FPGA to advanced high performance SoCs.

The highest growth area is communications in general and high-performance multi-core SoCs in particular.

RISC-V core shipments compound annual growth rate by industry sector and IC implementation. Source: RISC-V Foundation.

"Based on the already sizeable adoption of RISC-V, we forecast that the market will consume a total of 62.4 billion RISC-V cores by 2025, signalling that RISC-V is on the fast track to mainstream adoption," said Jim Feldhan, president of Semico Research, in statement issued by the RISC-V Foundation.

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