A new report from technology research giant IDC, the VoIP-specific chip market grew more than 40% in 2004 over 2003.
Entitled Worldwide VoIP Semiconductor 2004 Vendor Shares, the 13-page, (major ka-ching alert) $3,500 study says that the three largest VoIP chip vendors are:
1- Texas Instruments, which is especially strong in chips for PBXs and gateway sockets.
2- Broadcom, which has a special expertise in chips for IP phones;
3- Mindspeed, which has a mind to grow speedily in the chip market for media gateways.
"The migration to more efficient VoIP networks will continue to drive a strong revenue opportunity for semiconductor suppliers that are driving channel integration, software and lower costs in their reference designs," writes IDC Semiconductors research analyst Mario Morales.