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Semiconductor Foundry Market - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact, And Forecasts (2023 - 2028)


The Semiconductor Foundry Market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.34% over the forecast period. The semiconductor industry witnessed exponential growth during the year 2021, which was driven by global consumer demand.

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Similarly, the semiconductor foundry market witnessed significant growth in 2021, with over 25% growth. The foundry market witnessed even higher growth during 2022 owing to firm orders for the product innovations to come in 2023. However, the market is expected to slow down rapidly in 2023 due to lower consumer electronics demand and declining player orders.

Key Highlights
Technology inflections such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are driving up the long-term demand for the chip industry. For instance, AI is creating new opportunities for the semiconductor industry as many AI applications rely on hardware as a core enabler of innovation, especially for logic and memory functions. The demand for chips related to the rapidly growing use of AI is expected to contribute significantly to the industry’s overall growth.
According to Sandra Rivera, Head of Intel’s data center and AI, starting in 2022, the AI chip market has been estimated to grow by around 25% a year in the next five years to reach about USD 50 billion. Also, in May 2022, Intel launched the Gaudi2 chip focused on artificial intelligence, aiming to capture a larger share of the AI chip market.
Increased adoption of IoT devices, combined with the ongoing Industry 4.0 trend, the use of big data analytics for semiconductor manufacturing, the need for better insights for business planning, and the surge in the adoption of social media analytics tools are expected to provide lucrative opportunities for market expansion during the forecast period.
Slowing innovation may lead to fewer new users adopting the technology, reducing the money chipmakers have for funding new developments. This may create a self-reinforcing cycle that steadily makes the economics of universal chips less attractive, slowing down technical progress.
The COVID-19 outbreak and the corresponding rise in remote work and education have increased network demand, accelerating the need for more robust and reliable networks. With the corresponding upsurge in demand for streaming entertainment at home, the need for stronger networks and new technologies such as 5G has increased significantly. This is creating a substantial demand for 5G-enabled devices, like smartphones, and in turn, for the semiconductor chips specifically designed for such devices. Semiconductor devices are being used in various forms and shapes across end-user industries to drive performance in critical sectors, and they have proven essential in supporting the world through the pandemic.

Semiconductor Foundry Market Trends

Automotive, IoT, and AI Sectors are Driving the Market

Owing to the increasing availability of high-speed connectivity, rising cloud adoption, and increasing use of data processing and analytics, the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing steadily. For instance, as per Ericsson, there were 1.9 billion cellular IoT connections in the world in 2022, which is expected to grow to 5.5 billion in 2027, registering a CAGR of 19% over the period.
The rising adoption of the Internet of Things is one of the primary factors driving the growth of the market studied. Connected devices, from consumer-oriented technologies such as smartphones, tablets, cars, and wearables, to industrial machinery, rely on data-collecting components like sensors. As IoT devices cannot work without semiconductors, they will significantly increase the demand for sensors, connectivity, memory, microcontrollers, and integrated circuits.
The global demand for connected cars is increasing at a fast pace, and a prominent share of all the new passenger vehicles produced in recent times comprise connected solutions. For instance, some of the major automakers in the world, such as Audi and BMW, entered the connected market in 2021 and 2022 by launching models like the Audi A7L/A6L and BMW iX, respectively. The demand for vehicles with in-vehicle cellular capabilities is rising at a rapid pace, thereby driving the demand for semiconductor components in the industry.
The automotive industry is among the most automated industries worldwide and is witnessing an increasing demand for robotics and various automated solutions. This is expected to drive the demand in the market studied.
The growing trend of adoption of connected devices in residential and industrial sectors is augmenting the demand for semiconductors in the market. For instance, Telia Company witnessed a 30% Y-oY increase in IoT devices on its networks throughout the Nordics and Baltics in 2021. This was more than double the growth compared to the previous year.
Increased adoption of IoT devices, combined with the ongoing Industry 4.0 trend, the use of big data analytics for semiconductor manufacturing, the need for better insights for business planning, and the surge in the adoption of social media analytics tools are expected to provide lucrative opportunities for market expansion during the forecast period.

Asia Pacific to Witness Fastest Growth

Asia-Pacific region holds a prominent share of semiconductor foundries globally, with the region having its presence of major companies such as TSMC, Samsung Electronics, etc. Countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and China have a significant market share. Taiwan holds the major share of the foundries in the world by country and is a vital region in the semiconductor value chain.
Asian nations produce most semiconductors, accounting for around 75% of global production. In order to meet the constantly growing demands of various industries worldwide, players from all over the world are seeking to increase their production capacity and are making significant investments in cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. China is the largest Single-country market in the region and has a complicated market with many different characteristics.
The dominance of China’s domestic enterprises in cellphones, PCs, and consumer electronics has been a major factor in the country’s growth as a substantial supplier of semiconductor demand. Due to the widespread use of semiconductors, the Chinese government, which has a significant presence in the global semiconductor market, is implementing significant federal incentive schemes.
Moreover, India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing global economies due to its large population. According to projections, the automotive semiconductor market in the country is expected to increase rapidly in the future. The automotive industry is complemented by a strong semiconductor R&D infrastructure, which is expected to open new potential for the automotive semiconductor market in India in the future. Furthermore, India is setting up commercial semiconductor wafer fab units.
India is planning to launch a chip fab industry with the aid of hefty incentives and assistance from Foxconn in Taiwan. For instance, Foxconn declared in December 2022 that it would construct a semiconductor fabrication facility in Gujarat. In a partnership with commodities behemoth Vedanta Group, Taiwan’s Hon Hai Technology Group, also known as Foxconn, which already produces Apple iPhones in the nation, is expected to build a roughly USD 20 billion semiconductor fabrication plant on the site. Foxconn already produces Apple iPhones in the nation. Indian officials are hoping to see construction begin next year and for operations to begin around 2025.

Semiconductor Foundry Market Competitor Analysis

The levels of market penetration for existing top 5 vendors are significantly high, and these vendors compete to gain higher market share each year. Owing to the consolidated nature of the market, foundries in the industry are competing intensely to gain access to fabless vendor deals to expand their presence and market share further. In addition, these players are increasingly investing in increasing their production capabilities.

For instance, in December 2022, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) announced that it would more than triple its planned investment in Arizona, United States, to USD 40 billion from a previously announced USD 12 billion. The Arizona plants would produce 3-nm and 4-nm chips used for iPhone processors.

Similarly, in December 2022, Samsung Electronics Ltd. announced plans to step up chip production capacity at its largest semiconductor fabrication plant in South Korea in 2023.

Furthermore, in December 2022, EPC and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation (VIS) announced a multi-year production agreement for gallium nitride-based power semiconductors. EPC will take advantage of VIS’ 8-inch (200 mm) wafer fabrication capabilities, which is expected to significantly increase manufacturing capacity for EPC’s high-performance GaN transistors and integrated circuits. Production will begin in early 2023.

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