The Ethernet controller is also called the Ethernet adapter, which is usually called as the network card. Its installation method is to insert it into the PCI expansion slot of the machine’s motherboard, which is generally white, and then install the driver disc included in the purchased network card. The Ethernet controller uses a specific physical layer and data link layer standards, such as Ethernet or Token Ring, to implement the circuitry required for communication. It provides the basis for a complete network protocol stack, so that small computer groups in the same local area network and extensive area networks connected by routing protocols, such as IP, can communicate. An Ethernet controller is usually equipped with a twisted pair, optical fiber, BNC, AUI, and Home PNA interface, the latter three of which are now rare, optical fiber is mostly used for servers.
The global ethernet controller market generated USD 9.69 Billion in 2019 and projected to reach USD 15.01 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 5.45% during the forecast 2020-2027. The major factors attributed to the augmented penetration of Internet and related services worldwide. Additionally, the increasing demand for high-performance applications and the integration of advanced features will accelerate the robust growth of the global ethernet controller market in future periods. Moreover, the growing adoption of the ethernet controller in receiving and transmitting data related to the bidirectional data bus, which is used for data transfer within microprocessors and memory input or output devices, will lead to trigger the global ethernet controller market size in the upcoming period.
Ethernet’s primary function is to read and write data operation commands of internal memory, with the length of byte/word/double word. Furthermore, growing need for higher bandwidth, easy scalability, interoperability, and relatively cost-effective networking and cloud services by several enterprises projected to demand the ethernet controller in the forecast span. Also, upsurge in demand for an ethernet controller in sending the right information to their respective destinations along with the integration of the ethernet controller with the microcontrollers will accelerate the global ethernet controller industry. Ethernet generally refers to all LANs that use the CSMA/CD protocol.
Ethernet controller expands high-density virtualization, optimizes server hardware utilization, and improves data center IT agility and scalability by enabling the effective deployment of a secure multi-tenant cloud. They are OEM-proven with industry-leading features and performance, can provide excellent value, and help achieve the most effective and agile software-defined data center (SDDN). Also, Ethernet controllers have powerful hardware offload capabilities that can help improve system performance to support parallel LAN and SAN traffic.
Ethernet controller used primarily for diagnostics, in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI) systems, and connecting remote sensors. Autonomous vehicles will require a host of connectivity features to function effectively, such as cameras, LiDAR, and traffic-sign recognition, in which demand for greater bandwidth set to skyrocket.
Based on function, the global ethernet controller market classified into PHY and Integrated. The PHY segment will witness significant growth in the forecast period. It is primarily attributed to its help in analog signal physical access to the link and implements the hardware send and receive function of Ethernet frames.
Based on bandwidth, the global ethernet controller market segregated into Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet Installations. The fast ethernet segment held a lucrative share in 2019 and projected to dominate the global ethernet controller market by 2027. It is due to its use in departmental backbones, connections to high-speed servers, and connections to workstations running bandwidth-intensive software such as CAD or multimedia applications.
The gigabit ethernet installations will be the fastest-growing segment in the forecast period. It is owing to its application in scaling Ethernet LANs and LAN backbones to keep pace with the ever-growing demands placed by bandwidth-intensive applications.
Based on packaging, the global ethernet controller market categorized into Flip-chips, and Grid Arrays, Quad Flat No-Lead (QFN), Quad Flat Package (QFP), and others. The flip-chips and grid arrays segment estimated to lead the market by 2027 due to short wires of flip-chips helps in reducing inductance and offering higher speed signals and better heat conductivity. The grid array helps in enable high-density connections
The Quad Flat No-Lead (QFN) segment will grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. It is owing to its application in reduced lead inductance and through its perimeter I/O pads to implement in ease PCB trace routing, and the exposed copper die-pad technology offers excellent thermal and electrical performance.
Based on application, the global ethernet controller market categorized into Servers, Embedded Systems, Consumer Applications, Routers and Switches, Desktop Systems, and Others. Consumers segment held for a significant market share in 2019 and will witness to gain maximum market revenue by 2027. It is attributable to the emergence of new technology such as set-top box, video-over IP solutions, IP PBX & video phones, high-performance printers, gaming consoles, and IoT applications.
The servers’ segment will be the fastest-growing segment during the analysis period owing to the surge in demand for ethernet in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, IoT, and analytics.
Based on geography, the global Ethernet Controller Market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. The Asia pacific estimated to occupy the lion’s share in the ethernet controller market by 2027. It is owing to the growing use of ethernet controllers in servers, consumer applications, and desktop systems in the region and the increasing demand for VoIP solutions, gaming consoles, and digital signage.
Companies such as Intel, Broadcom, Microchip, Cirrus Logic, Texas Instruments, Silicon Laboratories, DAVICOM, Marvell, Renesas Electronics Corporation, OMRON Corporation, Silicon Laboratories, Inc., Microsemi, Mindspeed Technologies, Inc, and Realtekare are the key players in the global ethernet controller market.