Automotive semiconductor industry sees fast recovery from pandemic

Automotive semiconductor industry sees fast recovery from pandemic

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

A new report from Omdia finds that the automotive semiconductor industry is set to surge at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.3% through 2025 on the heels of a strong comeback from the pandemic.

Semiconductor content in automobiles has been increasing steadily for the past decade, but several recent trends have combined to accelerate automotive semiconductor revenues, according to the report.

Those trends include rising sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and growing demand for advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and infotainment and telematics (I&T) systems, according to Sang Oh, Senior Research Analyst for automotive semiconductors at Omdia and author of the market tracker report.

“The average BEV creates 2.9 times more semiconductor revenue than a vehicle with a traditional internal combustion engine,” Oh said. “In addition, ADAS applications like camera modules for park assistance and collision warning, plus I&T applications like the transition from analog or hybrid instrument clusters to digital clusters, are also driving increased semiconductor content.”

Bouncing back from pandemic

COVID-19 dealt a significant blow to the global automotive semiconductor industry in the first half of 2020 as global vehicle production ground to a halt during the early days of the pandemic. But the industry posted a strong rebound beginning in 3Q20.

The sector’s recovery accelerated in 2021, with total annual revenues hitting a projected $51.6 billion, up 28.6% from the prior year. This came at a time when the automotive supply chain overall continued to experience disruption, and global vehicle production grew a relatively small 2.5% in 2021 against the prior year.

“The much stronger recovery in the automotive semiconductor market than we see in the industry as a whole can be attributed to the dramatic increase in average selling prices for auto semis as supplies became constrained, as well as the trend for electronics manufacturers to pre-order and increase their inventories and safety stocks,” explained Oh.

The report is available here.

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