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February 11, 2022

The State of Semiconductors Report: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

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Given the rapid growth of the semiconductor industry, and the increased competition, teams are looking for new ways to get ahead. We surveyed leading organizations to ask, what is the current state of semiconductor development and design? And, what is the future?

Review the State of Semiconductors Report to learn what they said.

What’s In the Semiconductor Report?

In the State of Semiconductors report, you will find:

  • Key Takeaways
  • Semiconductor Industry Trends
  • Biggest Challenges in Semiconductor Design
  • Semiconductor Design Tools Used by Industry Leaders

Key Takeaways

We surveyed professionals across the industry — representing a range of job roles, company sizes, and years of experience — for their insights on best practices, the future of semiconductor manufacturing, and more.

Key takeaways include:

  • The industry is trending toward component-based design and IP reuse.
  • Compliance remains a manual process and a challenge.
  • Many organizations are moving towards platform embedded software solutions.
  • An increasing number of analog components are being combined on SoCs.
  • Semiconductor manufacturing is more complex and expensive.
  • More products need to meet compliance and/or functional safety standards.

Read the Report Now 

Gain insights from your peers and learn how your design team can thrive by reading the full report. See how to respond to semiconductor industry trends and navigate the obstacles of an increasingly competitive market.


Semiconductor Industry Trends

The semiconductor industry is rapidly growing — by 2030, it is expected to become a $808.5 billion industry. This growth is fueled by an increased use of semiconductor chips in vehicles, Artificial Intelligence (AI), data processing, and other smart device applications.

Global supply chain issues, coupled with the growth in demand for SoCs, has led to commoditization and fierce competition in the semiconductor industry.

To get a sense of where the industry is headed, we asked respondents questions what is the most important issues facing their organization >> compliance and functional safety standards, embedded software, custom-IC, IP reuse, legislation to booster US-based manufacturing, and more.

Biggest Challenges in Semiconductor Design

Designs are becoming more complex as chips are becoming smaller, faster, more powerful, and more expensive.

At the same time, supply chain issues have disrupted manufacturing. Yet time-to-market and maintaining margins are still critical.

How are design teams dealing with these obstacles? We asked respondents about finding relevant IPs for reuse, searching for and locating IPs, understanding the status and usage of IPs, and more.

Semiconductor Design Tools Used by Industry Leaders

We asked survey respondents about the infrastructure tools they use for semiconductor design and development.

This included:

We dove deeper to discover the types of tools teams use (command-line vs. GUI), multiple-vendor preferences, how the cloud is impacting organizations. We also broke down the ways that Methodics IPLM can help teams in a rapidly evolving industry.