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Asia-Pacific IC Design Market to Roar Back in 2024 After Inventory Slump

Published: 12.27.2023

The Asia-Pacific IC design market, which faced headwinds in 2023 due to prolonged inventory adjustments, is set for a robust rebound in 2024, with IDC predicting a 14% annual growth. While the past year saw a sluggish performance from regional players, their resilience and proactive investments in innovation are poised to pay off as inventory depletion eases and new growth opportunities emerge.

The market slowdown in 2023 was primarily driven by a global glut of personal electronics, leading to extended inventory rationalization across the supply chain. This impacted IC design companies in the Asia-Pacific region, which are key players in the production of chips for smartphones, laptops, and other consumer devices.

However, despite the challenging market conditions, most Asia-Pacific IC design vendors demonstrated remarkable resilience through investments in research and development, focusing on cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) integration in client devices and automotive applications. This proactive approach ensured they remained relevant within the supply chain, laying the groundwork for future growth.

Furthermore, the gradual recovery of the global personal device market is expected to fuel new demand for ICs in 2024. As inventory levels normalize and consumer spending picks up, IC design companies in the Asia-Pacific region are well-positioned to capitalize on this upswing.

Analysts are particularly optimistic about the prospects for AI-powered devices, a segment where Asia-Pacific vendors have been actively innovating. The increasing adoption of AI in smartphones, wearables, and smart home devices is expected to be a major driver of IC design market growth in the region.

The automotive industry is another promising area for Asia-Pacific IC designers. The rapid shift towards electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies is creating significant demand for advanced chips, presenting lucrative opportunities for regional players.

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