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Market Definitions and Methodology: Semiconductor Devices and Applications

Published: 27 September 2019

ID: G00450878

Analyst(s): Alan Priestley , Joseph Unsworth , George Brocklehurst , Andrew Norwood , Bill Ray , Masatsune Yamaji , Claire Wen , Roger Sheng , Ben Lee , Jon Erensen , Amy Teng , Anushree Verma


This document outlines our research methodology for compiling statistics on the worldwide semiconductor market and our approach to market share and forecast analysis. We also define terms used in our research covering semiconductor devices and applications.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


Notable Changes


  • Market Share Methodology
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Exchange Rates
    • Fiscal-Year-to-Calendar-Year Conversion
    • What Is Counted as Revenue
  • Inventory Index Methodology
  • Forecast Methodology


  • Electronic Equipment Unit Production
  • Semiconductor Device Unit Content
  • Semiconductor Device ASPs
  • Regional Detail

High-Level Definitions and Segmentation

  • General Purpose
    • Analog
    • Discrete
    • Memory
    • Microcomponents
    • Optoelectronics
    • General-Purpose Logic
  • Application-Specific Semiconductors
    • Discrete Application/Multimedia Processor
    • Discrete Cellular Baseband
    • Discrete Graphics Processing Units (GPU)
    • Integrated Baseband/Application Processor
    • Power Management
    • Wireless Connectivity
    • Wired Connectivity
    • RF Front-End
    • Other Application-Specific Semiconductor
  • Semiconductor Application Definitions
  • Automotive Electronics
    • ADAS
    • Aftermarket
    • Body
    • Chassis
    • EV/HEV
    • Infotainment
    • Instrument Cluster
    • Powertrain
    • Safety
  • Communication Electronics
    • Communication Electronics — Wired
    • Communication Electronics-Wireless
  • Consumer Electronics
    • Appliances
  • Data Processing Electronics
    • Data Processing Electronics — Compute
    • Data Processing Electronics — Storage
  • Industrial and Military Electronics
    • Automation
    • Commercial Amusement
    • Energy Management
    • Medical and Healthcare
    • Military and Civil Aerospace Electronics
    • Security
    • Solid-State Lighting
    • Test and Measurement
    • Transportation
    • Other Industrial
  • Semiconductor/Electronics Value Chain Definitions
    • Electronic Equipment Manufacturer
    • Total Available Market Definitions
    • Customer Tier

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