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Semiconductor IP market- Market Leadership Article ARM, Synopsys and Imagination Technologies

The semiconductor IP market is expanding at a tremendous growth rate both in terms of market size and popularity worldwide mainly because of large scale adoption of third party silicon IP cores in diverse application sectors such as computer and peripherals, mobiles and tablets, telecom infrastructure and networking technologies, automotive, aerospace, and defense. In the past few decades, the semiconductor IP market’s value chain has grown to encompass a vast network of players involved in various segments. There have been tremendous changes in the landscape of the semiconductor IP industry’s ecosystem with several developments in market segments such as open source IP vendors, IP core developers, IP aggregators, IP licensing vendors, and IP Customers including fab, fabless, foundry, and IDM players. The Semiconductor IP Market is growing in both the Integrated Circuit (IC) IP and System-on-Chip (SoC) IP sub-sectors.

In the present time, ARM (U.K.), Synopsys (U.S.), and Imagination Technologies (U.K.) are the three major market leaders contributing the largest market share in the semiconductor IP market space. Their market leadership is mainly dedicated to their high expertise, innovative business models, strong financial muscle, broad product portfolio, high R&D investment, and global market reach. Some of the other major players with considerable market share in the semiconductor IP market include Cadence Design Systems (U.S.), CAST (U.S.), CEVA (U.S.), Mentor Graphics (U.S.), Rambus (U.S.), and Silicon Image (U.S.).

ARM (U.K.) was founded in 1990 and it engages in the designing of microprocessors, physical IP, and related products. The company also licenses its IP designs to the manufacturers of all types of computing devices such as real time safety systems, smart TVs, modern smart watches, smart phones, tablets, laptop, and desktops. The company had made several acquisitions to expand its product offerings and global reach, for instance, the company acquired Micrologic Solutions (U.K.), Allant Software (U.S.), Infinite Designs (U.K), EuroMIPS (France), KEIL Software, and Panta family of high resolution display processer and scaling coprocessor IP cores of Cadence (U.S.). ARM has offices across the world including Taiwan, France, India, Germany, Sweden, and the U.S.

Synopsys (U.S.) was founded in 1986 and it primarily offers Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software solutions and electronic systems which are used in the designing of ICs. The company has a global presence including the U.S., Europe, Japan, and rest of Asia-Pacific. The manufacturing solutions offered by the company help semiconductor companies to develop different System-On-Chip (SoC) fabrication processes, design as well as consulting services. To increase its market share and product portfolio in the semiconductor market, the company adopted a strategy of acquisition. Some of its major acquisitions include Vast System Technology Corporation (U.S.), Virage Logic (Japan), Co-Design Automation, (U.S.), Numerical Technologies (U.S.), Spring Soft (Taiwan) and Coverity (U.S.). Synopsys also adopted a strategy to develop and offer a broad array of tools and services to its customers, which are required to enable the designing of complex ICs, especially system-on-chip ICs.

Imagination Technologies was established in 1985 and is headquartered in the U.K. The company designs and licenses various processor solutions for display, graphics, video, embedded processing, connectivity, and multi-standard communications. Imagination Technologies has its sales offices in Japan, China, Korea, Europe, Taiwan, and the U.S. The company supports its silicon and software Intellectual Property (IP) solutions for System-on-Chip (SoC) with its broad range of software drivers and developer tools.  Its target market includes mobile phones, home consumer, mobile computing, in-car electronics, and handheld multimedia markets. To maintain its strong position in the semiconductor IP market, the company adopts the following strategies: innovative solutions, cost-competitiveness and focus on digital radio and connected audio products provided by its Pure division.
In the semiconductor IP ecosystem, the extensive IP solution portfolio, overall market revenue, vast market experience, and continuous innovations in product offerings are some of the major factors responsible for the success of these three companies. These companies are expected to retain their market leadership position in the near future; however, new startups with niche product offerings are also growing at a fast rate to capture tremendous opportunities offered by the semiconductor IP market worldwide. The escalating market applications and ever increasing adoption of third party IP cores by semiconductor companies are expected to surge the demand of semiconductor IP solutions globally.

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