Burgeoning Demand for Smart and Power-efficient Electronic Devices to Present Mammoth Growth Opportunity for the SoC Industry


Small electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets mostly require the same components used in desktop computers or laptops to provide all the amazing functionalities we need every day. However, these small devices are not built with the same amount of internal space as that of laptops or desktop PCs to fit various parts such as processors, audio receivers, RAMs, graphics cards, memory blocks, timing units, logic boards, analog-to-digital converters (ADC) and much more.



This means that the internal parts need to be as compact as possible so that they can easily fit in such devices. Thanks to the discovery of system-on-chip or SoC technology which allows the integration of several heterogeneous components on a single chip to perform the specified functions for the end-user. The components added in SoCs are not the same for all the different electronic devices and depend on their applications and design specifications. SoCs find applications in a wide range of devices such as portable media devices, smartphones, video decoders, embedded systems, digital signal processors, and others.


Companies in the electronics industry are increasingly adopting the trend of operating an entire electronic system on a single chip through the integration of multiple components on it. This is one of the reasons that is supporting the growth of the SoC market. Moreover, factors such as the compact nature of SoCs, the growing demand for smart and power-efficient electronic devices, and the rise in adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) are driving the industry growth. As per Allied Market’s report on the system-on-chip market, the market is expected to accrue a sum of $205.4 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2017 to 2023.


The SoC market has seen a series of launches taking place recently. One of them is Huawei’s Kirin 980 – the system on a chip (SoC) which has been built with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company’s (TSMC) 7nm process and features excellent performance and efficiency. Another recent launch is Intel’s Xeon D-2100, a system-on-chip (SoC) processor for edge computing.



Huawei Introduces New SoC

In August ‘18, Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices launched the Kirin 980 SoC in his IFA 2018 keynote titled “The Ultimate Power of Mobile AI”. The TMSC 7 nm technology that the chip is built with allows for the integration of 6.9 billion transistors within a small die size. The CPU added on the chip makes use of an intelligent Flex-scheduling feature that creates a 3-level energy efficiency architecture comprising of two super-big cores based on Cortex-A76, another two big cores based on Cortex-A76, and four little cores Cortex-A55. Operating faster than the prior generation, Kirin 980 allows for faster app launch times, better multi-tasking, and smoother user experience. The Mali-G76 GPU has also been integrated into the Kirin 980 to deliver unmatched gaming experiences. Having an innovative clock boosting technology, the Mali-G76 uses AI to intelligently identify gaming workloads and adjust resource allocation for optimal performance.



Xeon D-2100 by Intel Launched

In February ’18, Intel added a new SoC to its Xeon processor family with the launch of Xeon D-2100, a system-on-chip (SoC) processor. The product is built with the aim of addressing the needs of edge applications as well as data center and network applications constrained by space and power.

Jennifer Huffstetler, VP and GM of-of data center product management at Intel’s data center group, said,

As data-driven services are becoming more pervasive and complex, they require more compute and intelligence closer to consumer and commercial ‘endpoint’ devices that are both generating and acting on data at the ‘edge’ (e.g. smartphones, IOT sensors, and autonomous cars). By expanding the capabilities of the data center outward to the network edge, solution providers can process more data closer to endpoint devices, reducing application latency and opening up a whole new world of potential services and experiences.”


For enlightenment, request a sample of the “system-on-chip market” report at:  Allied Market Research


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