IoT, AI will promote global analog IC market growth

By Hotenda

In the era of intelligence, digital technology seems to be becoming more and more mainstream. But one thing remains, analog technology is always important in digital electronic devices. The more information we capture digitally, the more data we have to convert and restore, whether it's real-time voice transmission, high-quality audio signals, or video images. Without major and synchronized analog technology innovations, the effects of the digital revolution may be overshadowed.

In providing more intelligent functions, digital technology has greatly contributed to reducing power consumption and cost. It is in line with the evolution of Moore's Law, and more and more processing will be done by pure digital logic in the future. However, the world we live in is analog, and from the sensor input to the actual signal transmitted through the wire or air, analog technology will always exist and always be important. It correctly restores the digital signal represented by "1" and "0" to an analog signal that a person can hear, see, feel or perceive. Whether it's the ever-shrinking size of smart devices, ever-increasing smart features, high-quality sound quality, and high-definition images, these are not only the products of advanced manufacturing processes and high-performance digital processing technology, but also the constant innovation of analog technology the result.

The world is in close contact, and analog ICs will grow above the industry average.

In particular, analog circuits are critical to analog front ends (AFEs), power conditioning, and sensors. Many traditional "analog" techniques are hybrid analog inputs, namely digitization and digital processing through analog to digital converters. Even traditional analog circuits, such as Phase Lock Loop or voltage converters, benefit from the miniaturization of digital technology.

In recent years, the global analog IC has maintained steady growth. The situation of the IC industry is actually predicting that the growth rate of analog ICs will be higher than the industry average. The world is being more and more closely linked. Each of us may have many Devices with Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth or Wireless-LTE technology. From automotive to industrial, IoT applications in various industries are driving the purchasing power of analog components, mainly in terms of sensors, power management and connectivity, and RF wireless ICs continue to drive tremendous growth. It is expected that with the widespread use of IoT and AI, the growth rate of analog ICs will accelerate.

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