You know those GE(s ge) connected ovens? Or the quiet cycle on your dishwasher? As appliance makers seek connectivity and improvements in noise and energy efficiency, the sales of chips destined for appliances will hit $2.6 billion when the year concludes, a growth rate of nearly 12 percent over the year before. Appliances aren’t just better, they are also selling in more geographic regions, leading to a larger overall market.
The current growth rate is almost double the growth rate from 2012, according to data from research firm IHS iSuppli. And those double-digit increases will continue in 2014 and 2015, after which growth will settle down to the still-high 9 percent range during the following two years. By 2017, semiconductor revenue for this market will be worth $3.8 billion.
Now not all of these chips are related to wireless connectivity and intelligence — the biggest growth will actually come…
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