European Fabless and IC Design Sector Grows 13%

Despite a number of acquisitions in this sector the number of independent chipless, fabless and IC design houses in Europe continues to rise according to Future Horizons. The number of fabless start-ups is up almost 13 per cent over 2005.

The UK again stands out as having three times as many companies as other European regions with the exception of Israel, which is also included in the report.

Future Horizons, Europe’s leading semiconductor analyst, today published the 2006 edition of its European Chipless & Fabless Design House Report.

The report, which covers independent IC design companies in Western Europe and Israel, illustrates the size of company activity by showing each profile in a ‘page per company’ format. It also shows tables of companies alphabetically, and also by country, by ‘business model’ that is by fabless, chipless or contract design.

This useful reference work also shows analysis in terms of company IC design skills and IP sorted into categories, including analogue, RF, CPU, automotive, encryption, sensor interface radio baseband, and verification, etc, thus assisting likely customers to home in on the skills of a likely partner, customer or competitor.

“The UK position is no surprise and Israel has always been a source of new company generation, but Germany and France, despite their size, lag behind the leading two by some margin. The smaller Switzerland has seen the largest percentage new design company growth in recent times,” said Chris Ryan, semiconductor industry analyst, Future Horizons.

The European Chipless & Fabless Design House Report, 2006 Edition, can be purchased from Future Horizons at £2,600. Details of individual company address, profile, and skills data is also available in Excel spreadsheet format for an additional £400 per company for anyone purchasing a copy of the report.

About Future Horizons
Future Horizons, founded in 1989, is Europe’s leading semiconductor analyst. It provides market research and business support services for use in opportunity analysis, business planning and new market development. Its industry information seminars and Forums are widely considered to be the best of their kind. Future Horizons publishes a series of monthly, half-yearly and annual market reports, with emphasis is placed on the worldwide microelectronics and electronics industry and the European market environment.