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The general analog IC market in 2011 witnessed many the same ups and downs that the general semiconductor industry saw during the year. However, demand for analog chips particularly within consumer electronics and communications equipment, has remained buoyant over the past year. This was generally thanks to the rise of smartphones, as well as consistent sales growth in analog radio-frequency (RF) and power management chips used for GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth segments.
Databeans projects that total general purpose analog revenue will slightly decline in 2012 from 2011 to just over $17 billion. However, over the next five years, sales will increase steadily at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10 percent. Analog power ICs will remain the largest individual product category with $9.3 billion or 54 percent of the 2012 global market.
In terms of regional breakdown Asia Pacific, which includes China, India, Taiwan, South Korea, and others, remains the overwhelming leader in terms of consumption of amplifiers with 52 percent of the global share.
Amplifier revenue is fairly well divided between the five major application segments, however, the communications segment will remain the single largest for amplifier consumption primarily from base station deployments and other wireless infrastructure. Precision amplifiers remain the largest and fastest individual product category within the amplifier industry. However, strong growth is also projected for both low-power and high-speed products over the next several years.
The top three players in the amplifier market account for the great majority of the global market share in 2011, which has made it increasingly difficult for new suppliers to enter this highly competitive industry. In terms of market share, the amplifier industry is dominated by a few select players including Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, and, to a lesser extent, Linear Technology, NJR, Intersil, Maxim, ON Semiconductor, and STMicroelectronics.