The US and Asia-Pacific have increased their share of global semiconductor R&D over the last ten years at the expense of Europe and Japan, according to IC Insights.

Despite political and national security concerns over US share of chip manufacturing the American companies continue to account for more than half of chip industry R&D expenditure, the market analyst reckons.

About 55.8 percent of worldwide semiconductor industry R&D spending in 2021 was by companies headquartered in the Americas region—essentially all of them in the U.S. and a large chunk of that coming from Intel (19 percent, or $15.2 billion last year). This has increased marginally from 54.5 percent over the previous ten years.

Semiconductor R&D spending by HQ location 2011 and 2021. Source: IC Insights.

Meanwhile the R&D spending on Asian-Pacific companies – including wafer foundries, fabless chip suppliers, and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) – exceeded 29 percent of the worldwide total in 2021. This a jump up from 18 percent in 2011.

Europe and Japan are now down in single-digit percentages with Japan falling the fastest.

IC Insights’ metric of R&D spending includes expenditures by IDMs, fabless chip suppliers, and pure-play foundries, but does not include other companies and organizations involved in semiconductor-related technologies, such as production equipment and materials suppliers, packaging and test service providers, universities, government-funded labs, and industry cooperatives.

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