Semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) Market

Semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) Companies -Arm Limited (UK) and Synopsys, Inc. (US) are the Leading Manufacturers

The semiconductor intellectual property (IP) market was valued at USD 7.5 billion in 2024 and is projected to reach USD 11.2 billion by 2029; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2024 to 2029. Increasing demand for electronics in healthcare and telecommunications industries, increasing demand for modern System-on-chip (SoC) designs, and decline in cost associated with chip designing are some of the key drivers driving the growth of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) market.

Some prominent semiconductor intellectual property (IP) industry players have predominantly used acquisition and partnership tactics to strengthen their market position.

  • In November 2023, Synopsys, Inc. (US) announced the extension of its ARC Processor IP portfolio to include the new RISC-V ARC-V Processor IP, enabling customers to choose from a broad range of flexible, extensible processor options that deliver optimal power-performance efficiency for their target applications. Synopsys ARC-V Processor IP includes high-performance, mid-range, and ultra-low power options, as well as functional safety versions, to address a broad range of application workloads.
  • In November 2021, Elmos Semiconductor SE (Germany) announced a long-term partnership with Arm Limited (UK), whose energy-efficient processor designs have enabled advanced computing in more than 200 billion chips to date. Elmos has licensed a range of IPs from the industry-leading Arm Cortex-M family for its next-generation automotive microcontroller unit (MCU) products.

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Major Semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) Suppliers Include:

  • Arm Limited (UK)
  • Synopsys, Inc. (US)
  • Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (US)
  • Imagination Technologies (UK)
  • CEVA, Inc. (US)
  • Lattice Semiconductor (US)
  • Rambus (US)
  • eMemory Technology Inc. (Taiwan)
  • Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. (US)
  • VeriSilicon (China)
  • Achronix Semiconductor Corporation (US)
  • Analog Bits (US)
  • Frontgrade Gaisler (Sweden)

Arm Limited (UK) and Synopsys, Inc. (US) are among the top 5 players in the semiconductor intellectual property (IP) market.

Arm Limited

Arm Limited was founded as Advanced RISC Machines Ltd, a joint venture between Acorn Computers (UK), Apple Computer (US) (now Apple Inc.), and VLSI Technology (US) (now NXP Semiconductors N.V). SoftBank Group (Japan) acquired Arm in 2016 in what was one of the biggest acquisitions in the semiconductor industry in that year. The acquisition enabled SoftBank to strengthen its position in the field of mobile and fixed Internet services; the company now intends to enter the Internet of Things (IoT) business.

Arm Limited engages in the design of microprocessors, physical IP, and related technology and software, and provides design tools to develop microprocessor applications. It further licenses and sells its technology and products such as processors, multimedia, physical IP, development tools, security IP, and system IP to electronic companies. It utilizes different technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, as well as 5G in its spectrum of product offerings.

The company caters to various industries, including automotive, healthcare, industrial, infrastructure, consumer electronics, and mobile computing. Arm has a presence in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and North America, with significant operations in the UK, China, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Hungary, Slovenia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, and the US.

Synopsys, Inc.

Synopsys, Inc. is an American multinational offering software, IP, and design services for integrated circuits (ICs) and electronic systems. It offers technology solutions for chip design, verification, IP integration, software security and quality testing. The company offers electronic design automation (EDA) software to design and test ICs. It also provides the software and hardware used to develop systems that incorporate chips.

The company operates in two segments: Semiconductor & System Design and Software Integrity. The Semiconductor & System Design segment includes EDA, IP, system integration, and other revenue categories. The company caters to the Semiconductor IP market through this segment.

Synopsys provides the broadest portfolio of silicon-proven IP solutions, such as interface IP, analog IP, processor solutions, IP subsegment, SoC infrastructure IP, security IP, verification IP, memories, and libraries. Its DesignWare IP portfolio includes solutions for interfaces such as universal serial bus (USB), peripheral component interconnect (PCI) express, double data rate (DDR), Ethernet, serial advanced technology attachment (SATA), and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI). Synopsys also offers technical services to support its solutions and help customers develop chips and electronic systems. Its broad IP portfolio has been developed to address specific application requirements for the mobile, automotive, digital home, IoT, and Cloud-computing markets, enabling designers to quickly develop SoCs in these areas.

The company caters to various industries, including electronics, financial services, automotive, medicine, energy, and industrial. It has approximately 120 offices in about 29 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

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