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Global Ethernet Controller Market size is expected to reach US$ 15 Bn in 2028 growing with a CAGR of ~7%: Ken Research

An ethernet controller is a networking device that allows data communication in a network. Ethernet is among the widely used data transfer and communication technology in data centers, cloud computing, gaming, and personal computing. Due to the stable data transfer and communication in ethernet technology, it has seen wide adoption in servers and embedded systems. Moreover, as the trend of (Over-the-Top) OTT is increasing, the demand for seamless file or video streaming is taking place, which in turn is fueling the growth of high-end ethernet controllers.

According to Ken Research Analysis, the global ethernet controller market was valued at US$ 8 Bn in 2017. In recent years, the use of cloud solutions has seen rapid growth in IT, Telecom, and healthcare among others due to which the market size is estimated to be US$ 11 Bn in 2022. The market size is expected to reach US$ 15 Bn in 2028 growing with a CAGR of ~7%.

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The global ethernet controller market is driven by various factors including the increased use of servers in data centers. The surging number of OTT broadcasting service providers and traditional broadcasters is another factor driving the market growth.

  • Data-intensive applications like cloud computing and big data continue to drive the demand for servers in ethernet controllers. Large terabits of data from such applications to data centers and vice versa move each second and moving this data into data centers requires a strong infrastructure efficient for handling the distribution of high-bandwidth data with high IP traffic to and from storage endpoints, main switches, servers, and high-end switches.
  • Ethernet controllers help link these devices with the help of media access control addresses. Thus, the rise in demand for these data-intensive applications helps in market growth.
  • In 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.

Key Trends by Market Segment

By Bandwidth Type:

In the Global Ethernet Controller Market, the Fast Ethernet segment held the largest market share in 2021.

  • The installation of new and advanced software and increasing transfer rates are accelerating the demand for this segment.
  • According to Comnet, a manufacturer of audio, video, data, and ethernet communication products, Fast Ethernet transmission is at least 10 times faster than normal ethernet and proves to be useful in maintaining compatible connections to servers with high speed, decreasing bandwidth bottlenecks for network systems operating multiple IP videotape cameras and IoT, and seamlessly supporting complex networks that run multiple bandwidth-intense software packages at the same time.
  • The BCM57414 50G PCIe3.0 Ethernet controller builds upon the success of the extensively-fixed NetXtremeE-Series framework by combining a high-bandwidth Ethernet controller with a unique set of broadly-optimized hardware acceleration machines to enhance network performance and enhance server effectiveness.

By Function:

The PHY (Physical Layer) segment held the largest market share in 2021 in the Global Ethernet Controller Market.

  • An Ethernet PHY is designed to deliver error-free transmission over a variety of media to reach distances that exceed 100m.
  • In December 2021, Marvell declared the industry’s first 802.1 AE MACsec integrated dual 1000BT1 and 100BT1 PHYs. The new products aid OEMs in transitioning toward software-defined vehicles, where secure data communication is a critical need, extending Marvell’s portfolio in automotive Ethernet PHY. These Ethernet PHY solutions enable energy-effective, secure in-vehicle networks and help in achieving functional safety compliance at the system level.

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By Application: In the Global Ethernet Controller Market, the servers segment held the largest market share in 2021.

  • The enterprise migration to the cloud and the role of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and analytics are increasing the use of servers.
  • For instance, Oracle Big Data Appliance includes five or more servers and the technology to connect the servers to the network. The network connections allow the servers to be administered remotely and allow customers to connect to them.
  • In November 2021, Broadcom Inc. released that Meta (Facebook) deployed the world’s topmost bandwidth Ethernet switch chip, the Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk 4 switch series, in its data center network fabric. A preeminent- edge25.6 Tbps Ethernet switch, the Tomahawk4 is dispatching in high volume in Meta’s Minipack2 platform.

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By Region: The Asia Pacific Ethernet Controller Market is expected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period in the Global Ethernet Controller Market.

  • This growth is due to the growing use of ethernet controllers in consumer usage, servers, and desktop systems in the region and increases in demand for (Voice over Internet Protocol) VoIP solutions, gaming consoles, and digital signage.
  • According to Cisco Korea, in 2021, internet applications reached 7.7 exabytes per month compared to about 3.4 exabytes in 2016. In addition, the growth of IoT and 5G deployed are also playing a significant part in driving the demand.
  • Further, the number of active Internet users in India is anticipated to rise by 45% from 2020 to 2025 and touch 900 million by 2025 from around 622 million in 2020, based on the Internet and Mobile Association of India. The report defines an active user as someone who has entered the Internet at least once in the past month.

North America held the largest market share in 2021 in the Global Ethernet Controller Market. The primary factors contributing to the region’s high demand share include advancements in IT infrastructure, and an increase in the number of connected devices, and data centers.

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Competitive Landscape

The global ethernet controller market is highly competitive with global, regional, and country niche players with the latter holding the largest share in terms of the number of competitors. It is estimated in Ken Research’s study that the market comprises nearly 250 players across the four major regions. It is also observed that the Asia Pacific region holds the highest number of country niche players, especially in China, Taiwan, and Korea. The leading global players generally have a long-term trade agreement with limited suppliers which allows them to maintain their position and brand awareness. Most of the country-niche players are start-ups in the Ethernet Controller market.

The large global players comprise about ~10% in terms of the number of company shares followed by regional players which account for ~30% of the number of the company share.

The Leading Country Niche players such as Netgear, Lantronix, Nomadix, and Extreme Networks are highly focused on providing a significant number of Ethernet Controller Solutions.

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Recent Developments Related to Major Players

  • In February 2022, Intel launched the Intel Xeon D- 1700, the following generation of Intel Xeon D processors, at MWC Barcelona 2022. This new Xeon D processor is designed and developed from the ground up with network and edge-specific features, comprising integrated AI and crypto acceleration, set up in Ethernet, support for time-sensitive networking and time-coordinated calculation, and manufactured-class duration. Furthermore, these new Intel Xeon D processors feature up to 100 GbE in the Ethernet output capability.
  • In September 2019, Marvell launched the family of the high-port count, ultra-low latency automotive switches with multi-gigabit routing output capabilities. This portfolio combines the industry’s first high-port count aggregation switch, offering all ports at gigabit capacity allowing clustering of safety-critical detector data in an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and data transfer over a high-speed PCIe host uplink.
  • In January 2022, Realtek announced that by the end of the year it will be launching a 5GbE Single-Chip Ethernet Controller Series which is compatible with IEEE 802.3bz Multi-Gigabit functions and also it will be the smallest 5GbE solution globally.


The Global Ethernet Controller Market is forecasted to continue moderate growth, which is primarily driven by the need for high precision and advancement in the banking, healthcare, retail, and logistic industries. The market size is estimated to be US$ 11 Bn in 2022 and is expected to reach US$ 15 Bn in 2028 growing with a CAGR of ~7%. North America is the dominant region in terms of revenue generation; however, the Asia Pacific region is expected to grow at a higher pace. Though the market is highly competitive with ~250 participants, few global players control the dominant share and regional players also hold a significant share.

Note: This is an upcoming/planned report, so the figures quoted here for the market size estimate, forecast, growth, segment share, and competitive landscape are based on initial findings and might vary slightly in the actual report. Also, any required customizations can be covered to the best feasible extent for Pre-booking clients and the report delivered within a maximum of two working weeks.

Market Taxonomy

The Global Ethernet Controller Market Size, Segments, Outlook, and Revenue Forecast 2022-2028 is segmented by bandwidth type, function, application, and geography. Fast Ethernet and switch ethernet are widely used ethernet controller types based on bandwidth. In addition, the report also covers the market size for each of the four regions of the Global Ethernet Controller Market. The revenue used to size and forecast the market for each segment is USD billion.

By Bandwidth Type    

  • Fast Ethernet
  • Ethernet
  • Switch Ethernet

By Function    

  • PHY (Physical Layer)
  • Integrated

By Application

  • Servers
  • Embedded Systems
  • Consumer Application
  • Routers and Switches
  • Desktop Systems
  • Others

By Region      

North America

  •  USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico


  • Germany
  • UK
  •   France
  •  Italy
  • Spain

Asia Pacific

  •  China
  •  Japan
  • India
  • Australia
  •  South Korea


  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Africa

Key Companies         

  • Intel Corporation
  • Broadcom Inc.
  • Cirrus Logic Inc.
  • Silicon Laboratories
  • Texas Instrument Incorporated
  • Marvell Technology Group Ltd
  • Microsemi Corporation
  • Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
  • Mindspeed Technologies Inc.
  • Siemens AG
  • OMRON Corp.
  • Comlab Telecommunications Inc.

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