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Rugged IC Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Level Application and End Use : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030

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Author's: Aishwarya Rajvaidya and Divyanshi Tewari | Sonia Mutreja
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Rugged IC Market Outlook – 2030 

The global rugged IC market was valued at $811.0 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $1,551.8 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.9% from 2021 to 2030. Integrated circuit (IC), also known as microchip is a set of electrical circuits, which are mounted over a semiconductor material. ICs are the main components of all modern electronic devices such as TVs, mobile phones, computers, cameras, washing machines, and microwaves. ICs are used for several functions such as microprocessors, oscillators, filters, and regulators. Rugged integrated circuits are the microchips that are specially designed and built to carry out operations under extreme conditions. They can perform under a wide range of temperature, vibration levels, and dust. 

Rugged ICs are created by using silicon carbide as this semiconducting material can withstand high voltage and possess high thermal conductivity.  Rugged ICs are far superior than usual ICs, in terms of built quality and design and thus they provide better performance to electrical devices.  These advanced ICs improve efficiency of the analog and digital circuits and are extensively used in different sectors such as electronics, power generation, automobile, and aerospace.  


In the coming years, the Rugged IC industry is expected to generate moderate cash output with modest investments in development, research, and tests. However, the rugged IC market is nearing the maturing stage, and is expected to generate modest revenue for key players in the coming years. 

Factors such as growth in development of smart cities, increase in demand, growth of rugged loT, and rise in adoption of ruggedized computers are expected to drive growth of the market in the future. However, high production cost of rugged devices act as major barriers and hamper the market growth. Furthermore, rise in need for hardy and reliable electrical equipments for military and aerospace industries are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for rugged IC market growth.

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By Level
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Fully Rugged segment is projected to be the most lucrative segment

Segment Overview

The rugged IC market is analyzed by level, application, end use, and region. By level, the market is divided into semi-rugged, fully-rugged, and ultra-rugged. By application, it is classified into mobile phones, tablets, scanners, and others. By end use, it is categorized into consumer electronics, automotive, healthcare, industrial, manufacturing, and others. By region, the rugged IC market forecast is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA along with their prominent countries.

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By Application
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Mobile Phone segment will maintain the lead throughout the forecast period

Competitive Analysis

The key players profiled in the report include General Dynamics Corporation, Crystal Group, Richtek Technology Corporation, Qualcomm, Honeywell International Inc., Infineon Technologies AG, Analog Devices Inc., NXP Semiconductors N.V., Texas Instruments Inc., and STMicroelectronics. These key players have adopted various strategies, such as product portfolio expansion, mergers & acquisitions, agreements, geographical expansion, and collaborations to enhance their market penetration.

Rugged IC Market
By End Use
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Healthcare segment will grow at a highest CAGR of 11.6% during 2021 - 2030

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 has become one of the biggest threats to the global economy and is causing widespread concerns and economic hardship for consumers, businesses, and communities across the globe. The “new normal” that includes social distancing and working from home has created challenges with daily activities, regular work, needs, and supplies, causing delayed initiatives and missed opportunities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the society and overall economy across the globe. The impact of this outbreak has grown day-by-day that affects the supply chain. This has createduncertainty in the stock market; decreased business confidence, slowed supply chain, and increased panic among customers. European countries under lockdown have suffered a major loss of business and revenue due to shutdown of manufacturing units in the region. Operations of production and manufacturing industries have been heavily impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, which led to decrease in growth of the rugged IC market in 2020.

Rugged IC Market
By Region
North America

Asia-Pacific region would exhibit the highest CAGR of 10.9% during 2021 - 2030

According to the rugged IC market trends, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the global manufacturing and industrial sectors as production facilities have stalled, which, in turn, led to significant demand in industries.

Emergence of COVID-19 has declined growth of the rugged IC market in 2020, and is estimated to witness slow growth till the end of 2021. Implementation of partial or complete lockdown across various countries globally is the prime reason for decline in growth rate of the market. As industries were temporarily shut, it reduced the need for maintenance from various industries.

Top Impacting Factors

The significant factors that impact the global rugged IC market include surge in adoption for ruggedized computers for various industrial purposes, increasing investments for development of smart cities. In addition, the market is influenced by high production costs of rugged devices. Moreover, rise in development of loT, specifically in the industrial sector has affected the market growth to a certain extent. Each of these factors is anticipated to have a definite impact on the global rugged IC market during the forecast period. These factors are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for the market growth in the coming years.

Growth in Adoption of Ruggedized Computers

A ruggedized computer is a specially designed computer, which can withstand extreme conditions such as strong vibrations, extreme temperatures, and wet or dusty conditions and operate reliably. Their robust structure is supported by their fan-less, cable-less, and one-piece design and integrated rugged ICs. This is why plenty of industries are benefited from ruggedized computers for their applications, which include data centers, logistics & transport, mining, oil & gas, manufacturing, defense, aerospace and others. 

Industries such as mining, oil & gas, and defense require exceptionally sturdy and reliable technology for tasks related to equipment maintenance, GIS mapping, surveillance, and others, where consumer devices fail, rugged mobile computers stand up to the most challenging environments such as constantly vibrating vehicles, airborne dust and mineral particles, variable weather conditions, hard surfaces and humidity to reduce worker and equipment downtime and improve safety and productivity. 

Moreover, rugged computers are also capable of withstanding heavy computing tasks such as AI, machine learning, and deep learning and thus, are extensively used in data centers and smart manufacturing facilities. Rapid technological advancements across the globe acts as a major driver for increase in demand for rugged computers and consequently there is a surge in applications for rugged ICs in the market.

High Production Cost of Rugged Electronics

The major factor restricting growth of the rugged IC market is the high production cost of different rugged electronics. In addition, to achieve high performance and superior mechanical strength of rugged devices, the manufacturing cost increases steeply compared to conventional electronics devices. For instance, a rugged mobile phone costs a few times higher than a normal smart-phone offering the same specifications. Rugged hand-held devices used in different construction and mining sites also come with a significantly high price-tag.  Thus, high cost of rugged electronics in comparison to the benefits offered by them is expected to be a major restraint to growth of the global rugged electronics market.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This study comprises analytical depiction of the rugged IC market size, rugged IC market opportunity along with current trends and future estimations to depict imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall rugged IC market analysis is determined to understand profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold. 
  • The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, rugged IC market size and opportunities with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The rugged IC market outlook forecast is quantitatively analyzed from 2020 to 2030 to benchmark the financial competency. 
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates potency of buyers and the market share of key vendors.
  • The report includes the market trends and the rugged IC market share of key vendors.

Rugged IC Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
By Level
  • Semi-Rugged
  • Fully-Rugged
  • Ultra-Rugged
By Application
  • Mobile Phones
  • Tablets
  • Scanners
  • Others
By End Use
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Others
By Region
  • North America  (U.S, Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
Key Market Players

General Dynamics Corporation, Analog Devices Inc., STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors N.V., Richtek Technology Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., Qualcomm, Texas Instruments Inc., Crystal Group, Infineon Technologies AG

Analyst Review

The rugged IC market is highly competitive, owing to strong presence of existing vendors. Rugged IC technology vendors, who have access to extensive technical and financial resources, are anticipated to gain a competitive edge over their rivals as they have the capacity to cater to the global market requirements. The competitive environment in this market is expected to further intensify with increase in technological innovations, product extensions, and different strategies adopted by key vendors.

The rugged IC market exhibits high growth potential in electronics and automotive industries. The current business scenario is witnessing an increase in demand for smart electronics, particularly in developing regions such as China and India, owing to surge in population and rise in demand for consumer electronics. Companies in this industry are adopting various innovative techniques, such as mergers and acquisitions to strengthen their business position in the competitive matrix.

The market growth is supplemented by proactive industrialization efforts and surge in manufacturing output, owing to technological advancements. These factors have allowed emerging markets to evolve as largest markets during the forecast period both from the demand as well as the supply side. Public & private organizations have substantially invested in R&D activities and fabrication techniques to develop cost-effective rugged ICs. Asia-Pacific is the major revenue contributor to the global market, followed by Europe.

The market growth in Asia-Pacific and Europe is expected to significantly increase during the forecast period. The rugged IC market provides numerous growth opportunities to the market players such as General Dynamics Corporation, Crystal Group, Richtek Technology Corporation, Qualcomm, and others. These companies are engaged in the process of product innovation, collaboration, and acquisition to expand their services across various regions.


Author Name(s) : Aishwarya Rajvaidya and Divyanshi Tewari | Sonia Mutreja
Frequently Asked Questions?

The Rugged IC Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2021 to 2030.

The Rugged IC Market is projected to reach $1.55 billion by 2030.

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Surge in adoption for ruggedized computers for various industrial purposes, and increasing investments for development of smart cities etc. boost the Rugged IC market growth.

The key players profiled in the report include General Dynamics Corporation, Crystal Group, Qualcomm, and many more.

On the basis of top growing big corporations, we select top 10 players.

The Rugged IC Market is segmented on the basis of level, application, end use, and region.

The key growth strategies of Rugged IC market players include product portfolio expansion, mergers & acquisitions, agreements, geographical expansion, and collaborations.

Asia-Pacific region would grow at a highest CAGR of 10.9% during the forecast period.

Fully Rugged segment will dominate the market during 2021 - 2030.

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Rugged IC Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030