Paul van Gerven
11 March 2021

The IC industry is continuing its strong revenue growth trajectory, IC Insight predicts. After recording a year-on-year growth of 13 percent last year, the market research firm forecasts 12-19 percent growth for 2021. Most IC product lines, from analog to logic and DRAM, contribute to the raised expectations.

In 2020, the global pandemic accelerated the digital transformation of the worldwide economy, which led to an increase in sales of new electronic systems and a marked uptick in the IC market in the second half of the year. This demand has continued in full force in Q1 of 2021, says IC Insights. While the Covid-19 situation is still very fluid, many semiconductor companies have released strong Q1 guidance and expect healthy demand to continue throughout this year.

IC Insights believes that the IC market will show a 2 percent increase from Q4 2020 to Q1 2021. If this forecast comes to fruition, it would be the first Q4/Q1 sequential IC market increase since a 1 percent growth rate was registered 10 years ago in Q1 of 2011.

If total Q4/Q1 IC sales increase 2 percent to 113.1 billion dollars and remain flat from Q2 through Q4 of 2021, the full-year 2021 worldwide IC market would register a 12 percent increase. However, when incorporating moderate quarterly expectations for 3 percent growth in Q2, an 8 percent increase in Q3 and 0 percent growth in Q4, the global IC market will display a 19 percent increase this year.