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Discrete DSP chips overshadowed by IP in SoC designs


LONDON — Discrete DSP chips only constitute 11 percent of the $27 billion 2008 worldwide market for DSP silicon and in the long term DSP is the technology that is driving the entire semiconductor market says a new report from Forward Concepts.

DSP Silicon Strategies '09 has been put together by the market research firm which tracks silicon for digital signal processing (DSP).

Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts and the author of the report, said, “Many components that were once reported as 'DSP chips' are no longer. Rather, they are reported as systems on chip (SoC) in categories like ASICs or ASSPs, even by traditional DSP chip vendors like Texas Instruments and Analog Devices.”

“Because of the drop in DSP shipments this year, 5-year compound average growth (CAGR) figures can be misleading, so we really should eye the market growth from the depths of 2009, rather than from 2008,” added Strauss.

The researcher forecasts that the worldwide DSP silicon market will grow at a 9.4 percent rate over the 5 years from 2008 through 2013 to the $43 billion level; however, measuring from 2009, the 4-year growth rate is forecast at a more respectable 12.1 percent CAGR. Some segments, like wireless and consumer electronics will grow at a much higher rate.

The 230-page study profiles the DSP market stance of 46 companies and includes 87 figures, 51 tables, plus extensive appendix of abbreviations & acronyms for DSP, communications & multimedia.

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