The importance of IC sockets have been widely recognized in the microelectronics industry. Socket producers are endlessly developing novel designs for the purpose of interconnecting solutions for fine pitch, high I/O, low profile applications, and for attaining severe regulations of reliability and performance. The drifts include in-built decoupling and grounding schemes, completely-shielded interconnects and sockets, usage of conductive elastomer design, and decline in signal path. A continuous evolution of socket designs to address the swift improvements in device and semiconductor industry is supposedly anticipated in the future.
Abating costs is the key driving force in the IC manufacturing industry. Improvements in technology help to fulfill the desires of leading-edge electronic systems. Nevertheless, when an IC producer is given the option of keeping costs under control or utilising the most progressive technology, his option mostly would lean toward minimizing costs.
Market segmentation is done on the basis of device type, product category, memory ICs and geography.
According to device type, market is divided into:
Analog signals can be understood as those that represent elements and conditions felt in the real world. These include factors such as temperature, sound, light, and pressure. Analog signals are an unbroken representation of a phenomena in terms of points along a scale. The Analog market endures its steady role in the IC industry. Microcontrollers are among the most omnipresent of all integrated circuits. From 4-bit to 32-bit devices, microcontrollers are used in controlling and monitoring both simple and extremely complex functions in the home, automobile, and office. Microprocessors have developed to be among the most closely followed of all IC products with Intel having the dominance in the processor business.
According to product category, ICs are of fourtypes-
According to memory ICs, ICs are of two types:
Volatile memory ICs are further classified into DRAM, SRAM. The DRAM market endures to be one of the most closely watched of all IC categories. Whether in distinct package form or embedded with other technology, these devices are an essential component in PCs and are found in a rising number of wireless and portable applications. While non-volatile memory ICs are further classified into ROM, EPROM, EEROM, flash memory devices. The uniting characteristic is that they preserve their stored information even after system power is removed. There was a time when non-volatile memory market had ROM and EPROM devices as its backbone, but now takes a back seat to more versatile flash memory devices.
Geographically, IC socket market has been segmented into five regions, namely,
Major players in the market are Plastronics Socket Company Inc., Intel, Loranger International Corporation, Aries Electronics Inc., Enplas Corporation, FCI, Johnstech International Corporation, Mill-Max Mfg. Corporation, Molex Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Sensata Technologies B.V., Tyco Electronics Ltd., Chupond Precision Co. Ltd., Win Way Technology Co. Ltd., 3M Company and Yamaichi Electronics Co. Ltd.
1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
2. Research Methodology
3. Executive Summary
4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.5 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.6.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.6.3 Threat from new entrants
4.6.4 Threat from substitute Products
4.6.5 Competitive rivalry within the industry
5. Global IC Socket - Market Segmentation (Size, Forecast and Trends)
5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Dual In-Line Memory Module Sockets (DIMM)
5.1.2 Production Sockets
5.1.3 Test/Burn-In Sockets
5.1.4 Other Sockets
18.104.22.168 Specialty Sockets
5.2 By Geographical Region
5.2.1 North America
5.2.2 Asia Pacific
5.2.4 Rest of World
6. Competitive Landscape - Company Profiles
6.1 3M Company
6.2 Aries Electronics Inc.
6.3 Chupond Precision Co. Ltd.
6.4 Enplas Corporation
6.6 Foxconn Technology Group
6.7 Johnstech International Corporation
6.8 Loranger International Corporation
6.9 Mill-Max Manufacturing Corporation
6.10 Molex Inc.
6.11 Plastronics Socket Company Inc.
6.12 Sensata Technologies B.V
6.13 Tyco Electronics Ltd.
6.14 Win Way Technology Company Ltd.
6.15 Yamaichi Electronics Co. Ltd.
7. Investment Analysis
7.1 Recent Mergers & Acqisitions
7.2 Investment Scenario
8. Future of IC Socket Market