The PCI-Express (PCIe) market pervasion has been extremely fast. The
PCIe started to be used inside the PC, to allow for very large
bandwidth for Video data. It is now used in various segments: PC
peripherals, Networking, Computing, Embedded... By 2010, PCIe will be
in 440 Million devices, according with "in Stat". This report analyzes
how the PCIe adoption has been made in each segment, and the preferred
technology: ASIC, FPGA or ASSP used in a segment. A PCIe function being
made of a physical (PHY) and a logical (Controller) part, some IP
vendors are selling one of these pieces only, although a customer will
need to integrate both parts to build the function: this explains why
the vendors selling an "Integrated Solution" are gaining market share.
We will see also that only the PCIe IP vendors who keep a strong focus
are getting success. This study analyzes the market share, growth rate
and positioning of the different vendors, and propose a PCIe IP market
forecast up to 2013.
What Does This Report Answer?
Who Needs This Report?
- What is the license price on the open market for a PHY IP, a
- What will be the license price evolution over time for PCIe Gen-1
- What is the PCIe IP market size and IP vendor market shares?
- How is the split between PHY and Controller IP business?
- How fast the new PCIe generation will be adopted?
Why to propose a customer oriented
PCIe IP survey?
- IDM and Fabless who need answer: make or buy? Whom to buy the IP?
- ASIC suppliers, FPGA suppliers, Foundries and Design Services
suppliers, Design Houses involved in IC development who need to decide
to buy the IP or to develop the function.
The release of the initial version of the PCIe IP market survey in 2008
has been very successful, as most of the PCIe IP vendors have decided
to buy it. As we think such a survey could strongly benefit to the
semiconductor companies who decide to acquire a PCIe IP, we decided to
extract only the information useful for an IP customer, and build a
compact, cheaper version for the survey.
The IP market is a niche market, with revenue of about 1% of the
overall semiconductor business, but it is highly strategic for the chip
makers. When you need for example an interface function like USB or
PCIe, and you do not have in house expertise to design it, you have to
acquire it. The need for high bandwidth data exchange, and for
interconnect your product with other chips or systems, is not a “nice
to have” feature. It is a “must have”. Then, you have to look for a
supplier for this IP function. There are two major issues that you will
face: you need a high quality product, fully verified and easy to
integrate, and you want to pay it the right price, or the market price.
As you probably do not have a specific knowledge of the IP market, you
can go on an IP portal (like “Design&Reuse”),
type the name of the function, and get access to numerous companies
claiming that they support the required function. You will get a data
sheet, but no idea about the IP quality, the level of Verification, the
number of customers already using the IP. What about the vendor
commitment to this product line, does is has a solid roadmap or will he
give up soon: it is very easy to start selling IP, some design service
companies who have developed a function for a single customer decide to
market it as a real IP product. Because the IP market is very dynamic,
there is a lot of new comers, who can end up being a real IP vendor, or
stay on the market for a couple of years and finally exit. If you start
using an interconnect function, say PCI Express, you will probably use
it on several generation of products, so your goal is to select a
vendor who can support your product roadmap, stay on the market, and
follow the PCIe protocol roadmap, generation after generation. With
such requirements, you will discover that the short list reduce
The process will just took time, very easily one week of your precious
time, just to get information that you can get in a few minutes by
acquiring this survey. Then, you also do not want to spend more money
for the IP license than the right price. The problem is that there is
no stock exchange for semiconductor IP! You will find the pricing
information in this survey, including the price dependence by
technology node and frequency, for the PHY, of by specific product,
Gen-1 or Gen-2, Root Port, Endpoint or Switch, for the Controller. And
this could help you to save several dozens 1000s $, or even more.
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"We found Dr. Eric Esteve’s market analysis on PCI Express informative and useful with good market insights. We’d recommend this report to anyone interested in seeking more details on PCI Express market adoption."
John Koeter, Senior Director,