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Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global and Chinese Automotive Semiconductor Industry Report, 2014-2015" report to their offering.
In 2014, the global automotive semiconductor market size approximated US$28 billion, up 7.3% from 2013. It is predicted that in 2015 the market size will amount to $29.6 billion, up 5.7% from a year earlier, and that by 2016 the growth rate will continue to decline, to only 3.7%. That was mainly attributed to the following two factors: first, remarkable deflation globally, which resulted in a substantial depreciation of the Japanese yen and the euro against the dollar; second, China, the world's largest auto market, is very likely to go into decline. In 2015, China's auto market is expected to edge up merely 1%, but may slide by 2% in 2016.
Automotive semiconductor falls into five categories: power semiconductor, sensor semiconductor, processor (main for MCU) semiconductor, ASSP (principally Connectivity and Amplifier) semiconductor, and logic semiconductor. In the field of traditional automobiles, the semiconductor costs for each unit approximate $320, of which power occupies 26% and sensor 16%. In HEV, however, this figure is $690, of which power represents as much as 75%. In EV, the semiconductor costs come to $700, of which power accounts for 55%. But due to ongoing depressed oil prices, the market space of HEV/EV has been considerably squeezed. If the oil price returns back more than $100, then the automotive semiconductor market will increase significantly.
In 2015, the market size of automotive sensors would reach about $4.7 billion. Automotive sensors consist of CMOS Image Sensor, Pressure, Acceleration, Speed and Position, Magnetic (Hall effect), and Angle, among which CMOS Image Sensor mainly involves ON Semiconductor and OVT. The largest pressure sensor player is Sensata, which is also the biggest auto sensor maker worldwide. Moreover, Sensata is adept at Speed and Position. As the world's second largest auto sensor company, Bosch specializes in Acceleration and Angle. ON Semiconductor is the world's third largest sensor company. Infineon, the fourth largest sensor player in the world, mainly operates Magnetic (Hall effect) and Acceleration. Allegro, the world's fifth sensor player under Sanken, is good at Magnetic (Hall effect) and Acceleration. In addition, other large auto sensor companies include Analog Devices, Melexis, Micronas, NXP, and STMicroelectronics.
In 2015, the market size of automotive processors, including MCU, DSP, and GPU, totaled some $7 billion. In the MCU market, Renesas takes absolutely first place, with a market share of 40%, in contrast to 22% for Freescale. In the 32-Bit MCU market, Freescale accounts for the largest portion, Infineon and TI follows with 13% and 8% share, respectively. Other large players include STMicroelectronics and Spansion (Cypress).