WIA2020 | Next 50 in Global Tech: Semiconductors

WIA2020 | Next 50 in Global Tech: Semiconductors

WIA2020 | Next 50 in Global Tech: Semiconductors

Technology Author:何少佳 Dec 09, 2020 09:39 AM (GMT+8)

ContributorsIvan Platonov



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In this report, EqualOcean analyzes the current trends in the global semiconductor market, diving into its essential traits and indicating the most promising startups in the field. Aiming to provide the investment community with comprehensive guidance, we discuss the most value-added applications, also touching upon the massive technology layer of the ICT industry.


  • The global semiconductor market is projected to reach USD 475 billion in 2020.
  • The global AI processor market is expected to grow at a 66% rate this year, hitting USD 18 billion.
  • The total volume of M&A deals involving chipmakers has reached USD 115 billion in 2020.
  • China accounted for over 87% of the global VC investment volume in semiconductors in 2020.
  • From the perspective of market size, attention from capital market, and corporate innovation activity, China's semiconductor industry has significant potential.


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Highlights
  • 3 Development of the global semiconductor industry
  • 4 The status quo: current trends in chipmaking
  • 5 Startups: the main source of market vitality
  • 6 The US semiconductor industry's cul-de-sac
  • 7 Amassing resources, seeking innovation: China's growing chipmaking power Sorting out global chipmakers, dissecting the industry value chain
  • 8 Application layer: the Internet of Things
  • 9 Application layer: automotive
  • 10 Technology layer: AI accelerators
  • 11 Technology layer: 5G RF integrated circuits and baseband chips
  • 12 Market map: 50 semiconductor startups to shape the future
  • 13 Great expectations? The near future of chips
  • 14 List (Appendix)
About the research

EqualOcean Intelligence is the research and consulting division of EqualOcean. It provides market and investment analysis, as well as advisory services for global enterprises and public decision-makers. Widely recognized across a number of industries thanks to its service capacity and research methodology, EqualOcean Intelligence closely tracks cutting-edge technologies, applying unique frameworks and models to solve longstanding and emerging problems.

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