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Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property (SIP) - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics

  • ID: 3397947
  • Report
  • January 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 263 Pages
  • Global Industry Analysts, Inc
With Innovation Being the Biggest Loser Amid the COVID-19 Crisis, Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) Market Plummets by -8.6%

The global market for Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) is expected to plummet by -8.6% in the year 2020 and thereafter recover and grow to reach US$ 7.8 billion by the year 2027, trailing a post COVID-19 CAGR of 6.2% over the analysis period 2020 through 2027. Semiconductor IP (SIP) refers to reusable design aspects including chip layout, and cell among other components used in manufacturing advanced Integrated Circuits (IC). IP rights are generally held by a company with patent over a specific design for the chip. The patent holder licenses its technology to companies engaged in the manufacture of the specific chip type. Companies engaged in providing IP licensing are referred to as chipless semiconductor companies. The increasing complexity of chips driven by technology advances is regarded to make new chip manufacturing extremely time consuming for a semiconductor manufacturer. Increasing shift towards smart and connected devices along with the growing emphasis on miniaturization trend has led to advances in component designs, which are generally patented inventions. Even during the pre-COVID-19 period, IC design productivity failed to keep pace with Moore's Law marking the emergence of a design gap. The industry is currently striving to improve performance of traditional silicon-based semiconductor ICs, while simultaneously decreasing consumption of power, size and cost of transistors. Implementing of advanced semiconductor process nodes of sizes below 20nm (nano-meter), however, requires high investments owing to the increasing cost of fab. As a result, research on nodes of 20nm and below is dominated by established companies with significant resources and scalability required for development.

The transition to mass producing such components entails the need for IP partnership among semiconductor companies and technology developers. ICs (integrated circuits) available today use millions of transistors to enable the integration of numerous functions, requiring the use of several patented inventions. The demands adequate valuation of IP for integrating the price into the cost of devices using such technologies. However, the cost of IP has a low target price for consumer devices, while the number of functions embedded adds to the pressure on license fees and royalty rates. Licensing of intellectual property has been a prevailing practice in the semiconductor industry which encompasses licensing of technology, process, and/or patent, along with design IP. The trend is primarily driven by the increasing complexity of chip development caused by the myriad inputs required in developing a chip for general or specific purpose. Licensing of IP also reduces the capacity gaps in manufacturing; expediting the time-to-market for such components. Therefore semiconductor manufacturers opt to license technologies of existing designs which can be modified to build new chips. Combining of IP blocks allows the creation of ASICs (application specific integrated circuits), SoCs (system-on-chips), as well as ASSPs (Application specific standard products), which allow production of chips used in automobiles, mobile devices, televisions and music players, among several others. SIP remains critical for designing complex system ICs & for accelerating time-to-market, reducing time-to-volume & increasing end-product value.

COVID-19 has reduced consumer demand for electronics and has halted all industrial investments in non-essential electronics technology. The electronics industry is a complex assembly sector and over the decades, the push for cost reduction, performance optimization, faster time-to-market, speed of innovation, do more with less principle and an increasingly narrower window of opportunity have encouraged modularity of the value chain. A modular value chain is characterized by high levels of outsourcing to competent, independently operating suppliers. Electronics industry in virtually every country today has massive contract manufacturers from China. The current pandemic has exposed the risk of heavy reliance on China for electronic intermediaries. Outbreak of the virus in the country, lockdowns & travel restrictions imposed, closure of non-essential manufacturing plants, trade bans, restrictions on movement of goods, have together disrupted the global supply chain leaving electronics manufacturing struggling to cope with raw material shortages. Electronics supply chain already in state of flux in the pre-pandemic period by the U.S. and China trade and tariff war has been pushed into crisis with little preparation at the start of the pandemic in January 2020. With most electronic raw material supply dependent on Southeast Asian countries and China, over 75% of companies witnessed shipment delays which in the month of April rose to 3 to 5 weeks. The overall velocity of the value chain to perform and fulfil orders has reduced significantly. In addition, the pandemic has disrupted supply chains causing massive damage for manufacturing companies reliant on China for supplies. These supply chain disruptions will step up the pressure to decouple from China. Rethinking supply chains will spur the movement of production out of China, including for electronics. Consumer electronics manufacturing, followed closely by automotive and industrial electronics remain the worst impacted. With companies cancelling and delaying modernization plans and with IT budgets slashed, industrial electronics is also feeling the pain of the general slowdown. With most electronic companies expected to witness decline in sales and profitability, the semiconductor industry also remains impacted and likely to face short-term financial hardships. The global market for semiconductor IP against this backdrop is expected to decline by -8.6 in 2020. Slammed with poor business climate and dwindling new orders, semiconductor industry is the midst of a painful slump. With innovation index of semiconductor and electronic product companies plummeting, electronics design productivity gap is increasing.

Select Competitors (Total 71 Featured):

  • Achronix Semiconductor
  • Arm Holdings
  • Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
  • CAST, Inc.
  • CEVA, Inc.
  • Cobham Gaisler AB
  • Digital Blocks, Inc.
  • Dolphin Integration
  • Dream Chip Technologies GmbH
  • eMemory Technology Inc.
  • EnSilica Limited
  • Eureka Technology, Inc.
  • Faraday Technology Corporation
  • Imagination Technologies Limited
  • Intel Corporation
  • Lattice Semiconductor
  • OpenFive
  • Rambus Inc.
  • Renesas Electronics Corporation
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC)
  • Synopsys, Inc.
  • Transpacket AS
  • VeriSilicon Holdings Co., Ltd
  • Wave Computing, Inc
  • Xilinx, Inc.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Global Market for Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property (SIP)

What is the estimated value of the Global Market for Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property (SIP)?

The Global Market for Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property (SIP) was estimated to be valued at $4.9 Billion in 2020.

What is the growth rate of the Global Market for Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property (SIP)?

The growth rate of the Global Market for Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property (SIP) is 3.2%, with an estimated value of $6.1 Billion by 2027.

What is the forecasted size of the Global Market for Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property (SIP)?

The Global Market for Semiconductor (Silicon) Intellectual Property (SIP) is estimated to be worth $6.1 Billion by 2027.
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  • Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession
  • EXHIBIT 1: Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on the Semiconductor Industry in Terms of Disruption & Time to Recovery (In Months) as of August 2020
  • EXHIBIT 2: Percentage Share of Companies Impacted by Supply Chain Delays Due to COVID-19 Worldwide as of August 2020
  • Falling Consumer Confidence Impacts Sales of Automotive and Consumer Electronics
  • EXHIBIT 3: World Economic Growth Projections (Real GDP, annual % Change) for 2019, 2020 & 2021
  • EXHIBIT 4: Rapidly Eroding Consumer Confidence Thwarts Hopes for a Quick Recovery: Global Consumer Confidence Index Points for 4Q2019, 1Q2020 & 2Q2020
  • EXHIBIT 5: Global PMI Index Points for the Years 2018, 2019 & 2020
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Storm Warrants New Strategies to Help Semiconductor Leaders Secure New Lease of Life
  • Semiconductor Trends for Specific End-Use Categories
  • Survival Strategy Adopted by Companies to Overcome the Pandemic Shock
  • An Introduction to Semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Classification of Semiconductor IP by Form Factor, Type and Design
  • Key End-Use Markets for Semiconductor IP
  • Semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) Market: A Prelude
  • EXHIBIT 6: World Market for Semiconductor IP by IP Source (2020 & 2027): Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Royalty, and License
  • Semiconductor IP Business Models
  • The Role of Foundries in IP Environment
  • International IP Protection Laws: An Overview
  • Outsourcing of Specialized Functions Set to Alter Semiconductor Industry Landscape
  • System-on-A-Chip (SoC): A Dynamic Technology in Semiconductor IP
  • The Technology Roadmap
  • Advancements in SoCs Spur Intellectual Property Market
  • EXHIBIT 7: IP Cores per SoC
  • Anticipated Long Term Gains for End-Use Industries & Technological Advances Create Hotbed for Growth of Semiconductor IP Market
  • Processor IP & Consumer Electronics: Cash Cows of Global Semiconductor IP Market
  • Prominent Trends and Market Drivers Shaping Semiconductor IP Market
  • Asia-Pacific: The Linchpin for Growth
  • EXHIBIT 8: World Semiconductor IP Market (2020 & 2027): Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Developed and Developing Regions
  • EXHIBIT 9: World Semiconductor IP Market - Geographic Regions Ranked by Value CAGR for 2020-2027: China, Asia-Pacific, Rest of World, USA, Europe, Canada, and Japan
  • Competitive Scenario
  • The Semiconductor Industry Value Chain
  • ARM: The Leading Semiconductor IP Provider
  • Semiconductor IP Vendors Target M&A Activity & Innovations to Corner Market
  • Recent Market Activity
  • Select Global Brands
  • Global Competitor Market Shares
  • EXHIBIT 10: Semiconductor Design Intellectual Property Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide (in %): 2020


  • COVID-19 Crisis Creates Ripples in Dwindling Global Semiconductor Market
  • Unprecedented Fallout of COVID-19 Calls for Changes in Production & Operations in Semiconductor Industry
  • Digital Transformation Drive Augurs Well for Future Growth of Semiconductor IP Market
  • EXHIBIT 11: Global Digital Transformation Spending (In US$ Trillion) for the Years 2019 through 2023
  • Technology Trends Drive Semiconductor IP Market
  • Nanoelectronics Accelerate Advancements in Semiconductor Design, Offering Opportunities for SIP Market
  • The 3D Age and the Need for 3D-IC Integration to Increase Design Complexity: Business Case for SIP
  • Moore’s Law Spurs Miniaturization Trend
  • Evolution of SSD Storage Prompts Memory IP
  • Rise of Quadcore and Octacore Processors Augurs Well for Processor IP
  • Miniaturization Trend Requires Electronic Chip Designers to Overcome SiP Issues
  • Select Technology Innovations
  • Growing Functionalities of Chips Drive Silicon IP Integration
  • Pre-manufactured ASICs and Flash- and SRAM-Series of FPGAs
  • Wearable Technology to Promote Processor IP
  • EXHIBIT 12: World Wearable Electronics Market by Geographic Region (2018 & 2022): Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa. and Rest of World
  • IoT Ecosystem to Promote Advances in Semiconductors: High-Growth Area for IP Licensing
  • EXHIBIT 13: Global Number of IoT Connected Devices (In Billion Units) for the Years 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022 & 2025
  • EXHIBIT 14: Global Investments in Industrial IoT (IIoT) Platforms (In US$ Million) for the Years 2018, 2022 and 2025
  • EXHIBIT 15: Global IoT Market (In US$ Billion) by Industry for the Years 2018 and 2022
  • EXHIBIT 16: World IoT Semiconductors Market by Function (2018 & 2022): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for Communications, Processing, and Sensing
  • Rising Demand for Smart/Connected Devices Prompts the Need for Smart Sensors: Potential Opportunity for SIP
  • EXHIBIT 17: World Sensors Market by End-Use Segment (2020): Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for Automobile Applications, Process & Manufacturing Industries, Machine Tools & General Machinery, HVAC & Building Control, Office Automation & Communication, and Other Markets
  • Verification 3.0: Addresses SoC Verification Challenges Promotes Verification IP
  • Rising Design Costs Spur 3rd Party Semiconductor IP
  • EXHIBIT 18: Major Elements of Design Costs (In %)
  • EXHIBIT 19: Design Costs by process Node
  • EXHIBIT 20: Market for 3rd Party IP Blocks (2013 & 2019): Percentage Proliferation of 3rd Party IP in End-Use Markets
  • Shift to Digital Power Management ICs Augurs Well
  • Proposed Transition to 450mm Silicon Wafers to Benefit Market
  • EXHIBIT 21: World Semiconductor Industry’s Transition to Larger Diameter Silicon Wafers: A Peek into the Timeline
  • Consumer Electronics: Major End-Use Market
  • A Return to Economic Normalcy Will Reignite Growth Drivers in the Consumer Electronics End-Use Sector
  • EXHIBIT 22: Global Smart Homes Market by Category in US$ Billion for the Years 2020 and 2022
  • EXHIBIT 23: World Tablet PCs Market: Breakdown of Annual Volume Sales (in Million Units) for the Years 2013, 2018 & 2019
  • Deceleration in Smartphone Market Induces Slowdown in Demand
  • EXHIBIT 24: Global Market for Smartphones in Billions: 2016-2021
  • EXHIBIT 25: Smartphone Penetration Rate as Share of Total Population: 2016-2021
  • Relevance of Advanced Semiconductors in Automotive Electronics Augurs Well
  • EXHIBIT 26: World Automobile Production in Million Units: 2008-2022
  • Rising Industrial Automation to Drive Demand for IP
  • EXHIBIT 27: Major Industry 4.0 Technologies: Global Market Size (US$ Billion) for Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Smart Factory, Advanced Analytics, Service Robotics, and Smart Machines for 2020
  • Expanding Role of Electronics in the Healthcare Sector Bodes Well
  • EXHIBIT 28: Global Medical Devices Industry (In US$ Billion) for the Years 2000, 2023 & 2025
  • Expanding Applications of SoCs to Drive Future Growth
  • Time-to-Market Pressure to Support Adoption of Semiconductor IP Licensing
  • Cloud Adoption Fuels Cloud Equipment: An Opportunity Indicator for Semiconductor IP
  • Issues with IP Compatibility Raise Concerns
  • IP Detection Poses a Challenge
  • Lack of Standardization in IP Cores



  • Total Companies Profiled: 150
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