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Forecast Analysis: IoT Endpoints — Sensing, Processing and Communications Semiconductors, Worldwide, 2016 Update

Published: 27 January 2017

ID: G00297388

Analyst(s): Nathan Nuttall , Amy Teng , Ben Lee , Jon Erensen , Masatsune Yamaji , Hiroyuki Shimizu, Alan Priestley , Dean Freeman, Adriana Blanco, James F. Hines, Claire Wen, Gerald Van Hoy, Nolan Reilly , Michele Reitz


The Internet of Things semiconductor forecast will grow to $34 billion in revenue in 2020. Consumer devices will be the primary driver, accounting for 61% of semiconductor revenue.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Forecast Data

Market Impact

  • An Ecosystem in Its Infancy
    • Consumer Products Will Be the Key Revenue Driver
    • Revenue Favors Processing, and Units Favor Sensors
    • Early IoT Drivers Are Familiar Products
    • Industrial Segment Plays a Role
    • Edge Processing and Security Drive Processor Value
    • Communications Will Take Time to Sort Out
    • Vision and Motion Dominate Sensing
  • The Semiconductor Go-to-Market Strategy Requires New Business Models


  • Endpoint Market
  • System Design and Functional Integration
  • Features and Functions
  • Consumer Spending
  • Developer Design and Behavior
  • Channel and End-Market Demand
  • Pricing Dynamics
  • Technology Roadmap
    • Unchanged Assumptions


  • Forecasting Semiconductor Consumption by the IoT
  • Definitions
    • Definition of a Thing
    • Definitions of Major Functions/Device Types Used in Semiconductor Forecast for the Internet of Things

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