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In the past few years, the graphics add-in board market has witnessed a diminished growth in terms of volume. However, with the growing popularity of online gaming/i-gaming, along with spur in the demand of smartphones, laptops, and tablet PCs, as a gaming platform; the market is expected to witness a moderate growth during the forecast period. The launch of new gaming platform based PCs from companies such as Acer, LG, Dell and others is expected to increase the market penetration of the graphics add-in board market during forecast period. Besides this, the market has seen a considerable growth in some of its non-traditional applications, such as supercomputers, simulators, and remote workstations.
The graphics add-in boards are electronics component that can be included in a PC to increase its communication capabilities, in terms of memory and graphics. The technology is widely applicable in decoding of MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 into three dimensional scenes and two dimensional graphics. They are also used to connect multiple computers, in addition with improved visual quality of the system.
The major drivers for the graphics add-in board market, include growing demand of memory graphics cards in PCs, and spur in the demand of smartphones and high resolution tablets. Some challenges such as high dependency of the foundry outsourcing is limiting the growth of the global graphics add-in board market.
Based on end users, the global graphics add-in board market can be broadly classified as desktop, work station, note book, and others. Based on application, the global graphics add-in board market can be broadly classified as gaming, design, and visualization, high-performance computing (or HPC), and data center, automotive, and smart devices.
Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest graphics add-in board market in 2014. The growth of consumer electronics market, along with rapid development in the information and technology (IT) service sectors in developing countries, including China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan is fueling the growth of the graphics add-in board market in the region. The note book graphics add-in board market has witnessed comparatively higher growth in Asia-Pacific, owing to their up surging demand from consumer mobile devices. On the other hand, the demand for desktop graphics add-in board market has declined in past few years, owing to the decrease in the shipment of desktop around the world. Moreover, Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing graphics add-in board market during the forecast period, owing to large consumer base and growing IT service sector in the developing countries. North America is expected to become the second fastest growing region for graphics add-in board during the forecast period, owing to increasing penetration of graphics AID in smart phones. County wise, the U.S., Japan, China, Canada, India, South Korea, Japan, Germany, the U.K., France, and Brazil are expected to be the major markets of the graphics add-in board, during the forecast period.
The global graphics add-in board market is highly consolidated. The top three players in the graphics add-in board market accounted for more than 90% of the global market. Nvidia Corp. has the monopoly in the global graphics add-in board market. The company accounted for more than 75% of the global graphics add-in market during 2014. The major companies operating in the graphics add-in board market are heavily investing in research and development to magnify their product portfolio. The superior product portfolio facilitates additional competitive edge over other players. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), and Nvidia Corp, together accounted for more than 90% share of graphics add-in board market in 2014.
Some of the competitors in the graphics add-in board market are Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), Nvidia Corp., Creative Technology Ltd., and S3 Graphics Ltd.