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Global Ethernet Controller Market segmentation by Bandwidth Type (Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Switch Ethernet), Function (PHY, Integrated), Application (Servers, Routers and Switches), and Geography – Forecast to 2026

Pulished: April, 2021
ID: 10284
Pages: 150

Global Ethernet Controller Market Size (2020 – 2025)

The global ethernet controller market is expected to record a CAGR of 6.1% during the envisioned period 2020-2025.

The Ethernet controller is a component of computer hardware used to control connection to wired networks. It is an essential component for managing Internet connections and other associated network functions. In addition, computers on a network communicate with each other using the Ethernet controller. It decodes the data received from the internet cable so that the computer can easily recognize it. The Ethernet controller examines each data packet and determines whether the data is needed by the local computer or any other computer on the network. If the information is intended for a local computer, it will be accepted and the information intended for other computers will be deleted. Most new generation computers have built-in Ethernet controllers; however, earlier versions of the computer used network interface cards with an Ethernet controller chip. Software drivers are used to manage Ethernet controllers.

Ethernet controller is a component of computer hardware used to control connection to wired networks. It is an essential component for managing Internet connections and other associated network functions. A software driver controls the built-in functions of the network device. The advantages of Ethernet controllers include their flexibility, ease of expansion, control, growth capabilities and centralized authentication.

The adoption of EtherCat for real-time network for machine control is driving the market. EtherCAT uses the implementation of an integrated Ethernet controller through direct memory access (DMA), so that no processor capacity is required for data transfer between the master device and the network, providing orders of magnitude faster than Profibus, DeviceNet and ModbusTCP. Automation equipment manufacturers can use EtherCAT in their own device implementations to improve performance and flexibility, while end users and automation system designers can implement their own EtherCAT compatible devices. In addition, EtherCAT is part of various IEC (61158, 61784, 61800), ISO 15745 and is also a SEMI (E54.20) standard.

Recent Developments:

  • March 2020 - Ethernity Networks introduced its ENET-D, an Ethernet controller technology in addition to its ACE-NIC100 SmartNIC that efficiently processes millions of data streams and provides performance acceleration for network and security devices. By accommodating a variety of FPGAs and allowing customers to further avoid ASIC-based components, ENET-D advances full unbundling at the edge of the network.
  • In January 2019, officers from the US Air Force, Army, and Navy signed a memorandum agreeing that future acquisitions of new aviation technologies will focus on using the modular open systems approach (MOSA). In addition to MOSA, NG computers also meet the design requirements of the Ministry of Defense's Open Mission Systems (OMS) standard. This improves the market demand in this sector.
  • In November 2019, Astronics Ballard announced the integration of an open architecture with a 64-bit processing base and an Ethernet backbone in its next generation of NG avionics input / output (I / O) computers.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Ethernet Controller Market

The impact of COVID-19 has limited market growth. There is almost an 80% chance of a significant contraction in global semiconductor revenue in 2020 which is also affecting the Ethernet controller market due to the massive supply chain slowdown. A player like Arista, Cisco, Juniper and many others in the 400GbE ecosystem were planning to demonstrate the interoperability and growing volume of 400GbE products at OFC (Fiber Optic Communication Exhibition & Conference) 2020 and it was reported that some of the major suppliers of the networks operating in 400GbE of 400G implementation grade, but the players decided to manufacture in the first half of 2021, and currently production has stopped.

Market growth and trends:

Gigabit Ethernet to support data center growth

  • Data-intensive applications, such as big data and cloud computing, continue to grow at a rapid rate. Several terabits of data travel to and from the data center every second. Moving this massive data into the data center requires a robust infrastructure capable of handling the delivery of high-bandwidth data with high IP traffic to and from storage endpoints, servers, high-end switches (TOR), and main switches. This penetrates the demand for an Ethernet controller, which connects devices using media access control (MAC) addresses.
  • Units such as Marvell Ethernet network controllers and adapters are specially designed to speed up and simplify the networking of data centers, PCs and workstations. Marvell Ethernet controllers can provide Ethernet connectivity speeds that can swing from NBASE-T for workstations to 10/25/50/100GbE data centers.
  • Additionally, increasing power consumption and costs associated with continued data growth are leading data centers to face the challenges of providing increased bandwidth and storage capacity. To address these issues, in April 2020, Marvell's QLogic Fiber Channel and FastLinQ Ethernet MRVL adapter solutions will now enable NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) technology in VMwarevSphere 7.0, demonstrating their continued efforts to strengthen their point Ethernet storage bandwidth capacities.

Market Drivers and Restraints:

The desktop computer system is also expected to grow at the highest rate in the coming years due to the increasing use of the Internet and related services globally, which has resulted in an increasing demand for Ethernet controllers as they are used in devices such as desktops and laptops.

The increasing demand for high-performance applications, the integration of advanced functions, the small form factor, the greater penetration of the easy Internet interface with integrated 16-bit and 32-bit processors are the key drivers of the Ethernet controller market. The main restraining factors in the Ethernet controller market is the continuous updating of drivers for optimal performance and different operating systems want different software drivers to support Ethernet controllers. Automotive Ethernet controllers to transform the driving experience are creating many opportunities for the market. Competitive pricing for Ethernet controllers has led to stiff profit margins which is the main challenge in the market.

Market Segmentation:

Bandwidth type

  • Fast Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Ethernet Switch


  • PHY (Physical Layer)
  • Integrated


  • Servers
  • Routers
  • Switches
  • Others


Regional Analysis:

APAC is expected to account for the majority of the global Ethernet controller market in 2017, while North America is expected to experience the highest growth rate. The APAC region market is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period due to increased use of the Ethernet controller in servers, consumer applications and desktop systems. The growth of the Ethernet controllers market in the APAC region is also driven by the increasing demand for VoIP solutions, game consoles and digital signage in the region.

Key market players:

The major players in the Ethernet controller market are Renesas Electronics Corporation, Intel Corporation, OMRON Corporation, Cirrus Logic Inc., Silicon Laboratories, Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., Broadcom Ltd., and Siemens AG.

1. Introduction                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                    

                1.2 Scope of the report                

                1.3 Study Assumptions                 

                1.4 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods                          

2. Research Methodology                                           

                2.1 Analysis Design                         

                2.2 Research Phases                      

                                2.2.1 Secondary Research           

                                2.2.2 Primary Research 

                                2.2.3 Data Modelling      

                                2.2.4 Expert Validation  

                2.3 Study Timeline                          

3. Report Overview                                        

                3.1 Executive Summary                

                3.2 Key Inferencees                       

4. Market Dynamics                                       

                4.1 Impact Analysis                         

                                4.1.1 Drivers      

                                4.1.2 Restaints  

                                4.1.3 Opportunities        

                4.2 Regulatory Environment                       

                4.3 Technology Timeline & Recent Trends                            

5. Competitor Benchmarking Analysis                                    

                5.1 Key Player Benchmarking                     

                                5.1.1 Market share analysis        

                                5.1.2 Products/Service  

                                5.1.3 Regional Presence               

                5.2 Mergers & Acquistion Landscape                      

                5.3 Joint Ventures & Collaborations                        

6. Market Segmentation                                              

                6.1 Ethernet Controller Market, By Bandwidth Type                       

                                6.1.1 Fast Ethernet         

                                6.1.2 Gigabit Ethernet   

                                6.1.3 Switch Ethernet    

                                6.1.4 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2019-2024)   

                                6.1.5 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.1.6 Market Attractiveness Index          

                6.2 Ethernet Controller Market, By Application                  

                                6.2.1 Servers     

                                6.2.2 Routers    

                                6.2.3 Switches  

                                6.2.4 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2019-2024)   

                                6.2.5 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.2.6 Market Attractiveness Index          

                6.3 Ethernet Controller Market, By Function                       

                                6.3.1 PHY            

                                6.3.2 Integrated               

                                6.3.3 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2019-2024)   

                                6.3.4 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.3.5 Market Attractiveness Index          

7. Geographical Landscape                                         

                7.1 Global Identity Governance and Administration Market, by Region                  

                7.2 North America - Market Analysis (2018 - 2024)                            

                                7.2.1 By Country              



                                7.2.2 By Bandwidth Type             

                                7.2.3 By Application        

                                7.2.4 By Function             

                7.3 Europe                         

                                7.3.1 By Country              






                                       Rest of Europe

                                7.3.2 By Bandwidth Type             

                                7.3.3 By Application        

                                7.3.4 By Function             

                7.4 Asia Pacific                  

                                7.4.1 By Country              




                                       South Korea

                                       South East Asia

                                       Australia & NZ

                                       Rest of Asia-Pacific

                                7.4.2 By Bandwidth Type             

                                7.4.3 By Application        

                                7.4.4 By Function             

                7.5 Latin America                             

                                7.5.1 By Country              




                                       Rest of Latin America

                                7.5.2 By Bandwidth Type             

                                7.5.3 By Application        

                                7.5.4 By Function             

                7.6 Middle East and Africa                           

                                7.6.1 By Country              

                                       Middle East


                                7.6.2 By Bandwidth Type             

                                7.6.3 By Application        

                                7.6.4 By Function             

8. Key Player Analysis                                    

                8.1 Renesas Electronics Corporation                       

                                8.1.1 Business Description           

                                8.1.2 Products/Service  

                                8.1.3 Financials 

                                8.1.4 SWOT Analysis       

                                8.1.5 Recent Developments       

                                8.1.6 Analyst Overview 

                8.2 Intel Corporation                     

                8.3 OMRON Corporation                              

                8.4 Cirrus Logic Inc                          

                8.5 Silicon Laboratories, Inc                         

                8.6 Microchip Technology Inc                     

                8.7 Mindspeed Technologies, Inc                             

                8.8 Broadcom Ltd                            

                8.9 Siemens AG                               

9. Market Outlook & Investment Opportunities                                


                List of Tables                     

                List of Figures                   

  • Global, regional and country-level analysis and forecasts of the study market; providing Insights on the major countries/regions in which this industry is blooming and to also identify the regions that are still untapped
  • Segment-level analysis in terms of Bandwidth Type, Function, Application along with market size forecasts and estimations to detect key areas of industry growth in detail
  • Identification of key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges (DROC) in the market and their impact on shifting market dynamics
  • Study of the effect of exogenous and endogenous factors that affect the global market; which includes broadly demographic, economics, and political, among other macro-environmental factors presented in an extensive PESTLE Analysis
  • Study the micro environment factors that determine the overall profitability of an Industry, using Porter’s five forces analysis for analysing the level of competition and business strategy development
  • A comprehensive list of key market players along with their product portfolio, current strategic interests, key financial information, legal issues, SWOT analysis and analyst overview to study and sustain the market environment
  • Competitive landscape analysis listing out the mergers, acquisitions, collaborations in the field along with new product launches, comparative financial studies and recent developments in the market by the major companies
  • An executive summary, abridging the entire report in such a way that decision-making personnel can rapidly become acquainted with background information, concise analysis and main conclusions
  • Expertly devised analyst overview along with Investment opportunities to provide both individuals and organizations a strong financial foothold in the market.
  1. Global Ethernet Controller Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  2. Global Ethernet Controller Market By Bandwidth Type, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  3. Global Fast Ethernet Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  4. Global Gigabit Ethernet Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  5. Global Switch Ethernet Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  6. Global Ethernet Controller Market By Application, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  7. Global Servers Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  8. Global Routers Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  9. Global Switches Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  10. Global Ethernet Controller Market By Function, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  11. Global PHY Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )
  12. Global Integrated Market By Region, From 2020-2025 ( USD Billion )

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