According to my reportInsightDue to the strong demand for computer CPUs and smartphone SoCs, sales of microprocessor units (MPUs) this year are expected to exceed $100 billion, which will set a record high. In addition, MPU shipments are expected to reach 2.49 billion for the first time. The CPU of personal computers and servers will account for 46.7% of global MPU sales, greatly exceeding the sales of smartphone SoCs.
MPU sales set a new record
The demand for MPUs—central processing units (CPUs) and system-on-chips (SoCs) for various applications—has reached a record high (just like the demand for all types of chips today), because the world is changing, and new MPUs— -Based on the emergence of equipment. MPU unit shipments are expected to increase by 11% year-on-year to nearly 2.49 billion units, a significant increase compared with the 2.28 billion units set in 2018. Integrated circuit insight.
IC Insights predicts that MPU sales this year will reach 103.7 billion US dollars, a year-on-year increase of 14%. Record-breaking MPU revenue and unit shipments have been affected by unprecedented demand for CPUs and SoCs, high average selling prices as chip designers integrate more computing power and functions into their products, and suppliers’ high-end SKUs It has priority over other models of drivers.
CPUs for PCs and servers still dominate the MPU market
In 2021, sales of personal computers and server CPUs will reach 48.4 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 4% year-on-year. This clearly shows that in terms of revenue, computer microprocessors are still the largest MPU market. At the same time, compared with 2020, the unit shipments of personal computers and server processors in 2021 will increase by 6%.
Although the unit shipments of PCs are high today compared to previous years, they are not as large as they were about ten years ago. However, shipments of servers with built-in expensive microprocessors broke records, which had a positive impact on the entire market. According to IC Insights, in fact, $48.4 billion is a record CPU revenue. Ironically, the difference between the increase in CPU sales and the surge in unit shipments suggests that the average selling price of CPUs will actually fall this year.
Smartphone SoC revenue will climb to $35.7 billion, an annual increase of 34%, because as developers integrate more cores and 5G modems into their designs, the average selling price of such chips is expected to increase by 20% year-on-year. It is expected that unit shipments of smartphone SoC will increase by 34% in 2021.
Despite the severe shortage, sales of embedded MPUs are expected to reach US$19.7 billion, a year-on-year increase of 11%. In terms of unit shipments, embedded MPUs are the largest category of all MPUs, as more than one billion such chips are used in applications such as automotive, consumer electronics, industrial, Internet of Things, medical, networking, and telecommunications equipment. In terms of units, shipments of embedded MPUs will increase by 12% year-on-year, but unit growth is limited by shortages and the inability of foundries to increase production overnight.
MPU sales in 2025 will reach 127.8 billion U.S. dollars
IC Insights predicts that MPU revenue will increase to US$127.8 billion in 2025, as the market will ship 2.89 billion CPUs and SoCs for existing and emerging applications.