Global FPGA Market Size to surpass $13bn by 2026

Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Market size is poised to surpass USD 13 billion by 2026; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc.

The increasing integration of big data analytics owing to the escalating demand for data processing in systems is creating lucrative opportunities for the FPGA market growth. These devices offer enhanced data processing capabilities, facilitating their use in cloud computing applications. For instance, in April 2019, Npatech, a leading provider of configurable computing platform, launched its first encryption/decryption-based solution for Amazon Web Service Elastic Compute Cloud. Furthermore, Microsoft is increasingly executing these devices for its Azure servers, used for deploying, testing, and managing applications across the company’s data centers. The company proposes an FPGA-based Azure cloud platform, which can be reconfigured for numerous functions and applications.


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FPGA devices are being preferred over Complex programmable logic devices (CPLD) and Application Specific Standard Product (ASSPs). Additionally, these devices also aid in reducing the dependency on component manufacturers as the functionality of these chips depends on configuration rather than modules, enhancing their availability for a longer period. It has the ability to be reconfigured after the implementation and designing of the circuit, making it flexible for use in a wide range of applications. These semiconductor chips consist of several configurable logic blocks, which can be customized based on the required functions.

The development of advanced technologies, such as machine learning technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI), is likely to boost product developments in the FPGA industry as companies are investing rigorously in this space. For instance, in March 2018, Microsoft increased the search engine capabilities of Bing by employing artificial intelligence and deep learning through Intel’s FPGA. The company intends to improve the searchability of Bing ahead of its standard results. The platform can deliver answers in the place of search results through the recognizing of context and implication behind the search. Also, in April 2019, Intel acquired Omnitek, which is engaged in developing these solutions specially for videos and AI applications, augmenting the FPGA market growth during the forecast period.

Browse key industry insights spread across 190 pages with 237 market data tables and 25 figures & charts from the report “Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Market Size By Architecture (SRAM, Flash, Antifuse), By Process Technology (<28 nm, 28 nm – 90 nm, >90 nm), By Configuration (Low-range FPGA, Mid-range FPGA, High-range FPGA), By Application (Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Industrial, Communications & Data Center, Aerospace & Defense), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2026” in detail along with the table of contents:

Flash-based architecture is more reliable compared to SRAM

The flash-based architecture in FPGA uses flash as its key resource for configuration storage, devoid of SRAM. This technology offers several advantages, such as less power consumption, reliability, and a high tolerance for radiation effects, making it ideal for networking, defense & aerospace, data communication, and other applications. The advancement in reducing the flash memory cell and the capability of integrating the flash into advanced logic processes enhance the performance of flash devices in the market. Furthermore, flash-based arrays reduce power consumption and system footprint as external configuration memory is not required compared to SRAM.

28nm-90nm process technology accounts for a moderate growth opportunity in the FPGA market

45nm FPGA process technology is used to reduce power consumption & PCB complexity and offer low-cost system & better reliability. Although, the major concern with 45nm technology is that it shrinks the transistor size and increases the dynamic power where enormous power reduction is required. However, migration to small geometries offers high integration and improved performance. Likewise, 28nm process technology offers high- performance process optimized for low power aids to enhance the capacity, performance, and flexibility in applications. For instance, Xilinx offers Virtex-7, which brings improved I/O bandwidth and DSP bandwidth to the system and can be ideally used in portable radar, 10G to 100G networking, and ASIC prototyping.

High-range FPGA holds dominant market share

High-range FPGA devices are capable of delivering high-performance and state of art products for faster, low risk, and high productivity. These devices address various markets including military, wireless & wireline communications, and broadcast. For instance, Intel offers Stratix for multiple series of high-range devices with enhanced features, such as Stratix IV, offering the highest bandwidth, ultimate flexibility for any 28nm process technology, and high system integration.

Product differentiation and cost-effective performance to create market opportunities in consumer electronics

FPGA solutions are used in various consumer electronics products such as smartphones, digital television, digital cameras, electronics, games, digital cameras, etc. Companies are implementing AI to deliver product differentiation in their offerings to increase their market demand. For instance, in September 2019, Samsung and IBM formed a joint innovation for AI-powered mobile solution for its Samsung galaxy product range. These devices can be easily updated without requiring a new hardware. Moreover, these devices also support video processing essential for high-resolution videos and image handling, boosting their implementation in panel displays and other electronic devices. For instance, Intel offers Cyclone III, MaX II, and Max 3000A devices for digital video applications, delivering a cost-effective programmable solution.

The flourishing semiconductor industry in North America to create market opportunities

North America is projected to account for moderate growth in the FPGA market owing to the semiconductor market factors mainly in the U.S region. These devices are used in semiconductor test & measurement equipment and for ASIC emulation & prototyping. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the U.S. semiconductor sector owns about 45% share in the semiconductor market worldwide with one-fifth of its revenue in research and development activities. Moreover, the increasing demand for data processing applications is likely to propel substantial market growth opportunities. Several business sectors including banking, retail, and others are employing large amounts of data to enhance business operations, driving the demand for data centers in the region. For instance, in February 2019, Google announced to invest around USD 13 billion for the development of its offices and data centers across the U.S.

The major market players include Intel Corporation, Xilinx, Achronix Semiconductor Corp, Altera Corporation, Cypress Semiconductor, Microsemi Corporation, Texas Instruments, and Aeroflex, Inc. Companies are focusing on the development of small size process technology to achieve a competitive edge and demand in the market. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in R&D activities to develop devices with enhanced properties and address the market opportunity.

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