Microprocessor controls all the important functions of the computer, while Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) manipulates the visual content and reduces the load from the microprocessors. Crucial functionalities of both GPU and microprocessors make them highly useful in the semiconductor industry. The global microprocessor and GPU market is strongly driven by the rising demand from different parts of the world. Growth of the overall semiconductor market is also expected to drive the global market further. Technological advancements and graphic based interface as expected to create impressive business opportunities in these industries during the next few years to come.
Market Drivers & Restraints
Growth in demand from the semiconductor market is expected to be the vital driver for the industry. The 3 major driving factors for the market include popularity of social networking platforms and rising demand for portable devices. This demand is contributing to the requirement of highly effective processors. Trends of high-speed cellular networks and cloud computing are also expected to drive the market at an impressive growth rate. Apart from that, rise in the gaming and animation markets is also triggering the requirement for efficient processors, which is driving the global microprocessor and GPU market. However, low cost smartphones and reducing sale of personal computers are expected to restraint the growth of the overall market. Trend of using portable devices is reducing the demand for personal computers, which is hampering the growth of this market.
Segmentation and Forecasts
Experts segment the global market on the basis of the types, applications, architecture, industrial verticals and geographic regions. Following are the details about the sub-segmentation in the market:
- GPU Types: Discrete and integrated graphics
- Architecture: MIPS, ARM, X86, and power
- Peripherals Types: Video graphic adapter, analog-to-digital & digital-to-analog converter, peripheral component interconnect bus, universal serial bus & direct memory access controllers
- Industries: Automotive, consumer electronics, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense, communication systems, etc.
- Geography: Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and rest of the world
According to the researchers, the global microprocessor and GPU market is expected to grow at a steady CAGR of over 7% from 2014 to 2020. At the projected growth rate, the market is anticipated to become worth $128 billion by the end of the year 2020. Despite the challenges like average selling prices, increasing use of electronics in automobile industry and emergence of internet of things (IoT) are expected to create high growth opportunities for the market on global scale. According to the experts, achieving balance between power consumption and system performance is expected to remain a major challenge for the global market. During the study period, North America is expected to dominate the global market. However, emerging regions are also expected to witness impressive growth in terms of CAGR and rising demand.