IDC Reports on VOIP Chips

As VOIP enters next phase, worldwide market for semiconductor providers will reach $2.4B by 2009, IDC predicts

January 19, 2006

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- As VoIP is about to shed its early image and kick off a new phase in the market's evolution, IDC forecasts the worldwide VoIP semiconductor market to grow over $2.4 billion in 2009, with a compound annual growth rate of 38.9% for 2004-2009. However, both opportunities and threats are emerging for current semiconductors selling into VoIP systems.

"With basic product line ups complete, VoIP equipment vendors must look for opportunities to differentiate their offering and deliver tailored solutions," said Ian Eigenbrod, senior research analyst with IDC's Semiconductor program. "This need is creating new design-in opportunities and is ushering in the next phase of the VoIP semiconductor market evolution and it will be key to establishing market leadership long term."

Among key findings of IDC's study are the following:

  • The Carrier segment (media gateways and softswitches) and the consumer segment (broadband gateways) will account for the bulk of the dollar shipments in 2009.

  • An emerging battle over the optimal architecture at the component level threatens to disrupt the dominance of DSPs in the voice signal path.

  • VoIP functionality will be embedded in communication systems, as voice becomes another application in the network.


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