According to a new market study from Forward Concepts, general-purpose digital signal processor (DSP) chips is forecasted to grow 8% in 2007 to $9 billion. Forward Concepts predicts a more typical growth of 15% in 2008. The embedded DSP market is expected to grow to $17.6 billion in 2007, which is almost twice the size of the general-purpose DSP chip market.
The general-purpose DSP market is the best known and is dominated by Analog Devices, Freescale, Agere/LSI, and Texas Instruments. The embedded DSP market, on the other hand, is where most new opportunities for emerging companies are because of lower barriers to entry. The embedded DSP market is dominated by companies like Qualcomm, Broadcom, Marvell, and Infineon, with most of their DSP products offered as Systems on Chip (SoC). Because of the heavy SoC emphasis, the major RISC vendors have added DSP capability to their product offerings.
The Forward Concepts study points out that the general-purpose DSP market is dominated by communications applications, with cellular being the biggest. The embedded DSP market, however, is more closely identified with multimedia applications. But, that market segment also includes communications chips for Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and Bluetooth as well as DSL and cable modems. All of these and new DSP-centric markets like DAB and HDTV are also forecast in the report through 2011.
“DSP Chip Strategies ’07″ consists of 338 pages, 105 figures, 71 tables and also includes an extensive 36-page appendix that includes a listing of abbreviations and acronyms and a glossary of DSP terminology. The hard copy price for the study in North America is $3,895.00 and is available electronically only on an enterprise-wide license basis for $8,000.00.