According to a recent market study published by Growth Market Reports, titled, “Global USB Audio Class (UAC) Market by Type, Application, End-users and Region: Size, Share, Trends and Opportunity Analysis, 2016-2031”, the market was valued at USD 3,303.0 Million in 2022 and is expected to grow at a moderate growth rate of 5.9% during the forecast period 2023-2031.

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As per Growth Market Reports industry analyst Akash Vedpathak, “Global USB Audio Class (UAC) Market is anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period 2023-2031.

A USB Audio Class (UAC) chip is a dedicated integrated circuit that enables a USB device to function as an audio device, such as a sound card, headphone amplifier, or digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The UAC chip also provides additional features, such as volume control, mute, and headphone detection, to enhance the audio experience. Some UAC chips also support USB audio class 2.0, which adds support for multi-channel audio, such as 5.1 surround sound, and allows multiple audio devices to be connected to a single USB host. The increasing Investments in Fabrication Facilities, Advancements in Audio Technology and Increasing Demand for High Quality Audio Solutions in Various Devices is creating demand for the market. Rise in Adoption of USB-C is projected to create numerous opportunities for the UAC market.

Key factors that are anticipated to fuel the demand for the Global USB Audio Class (UAC) Market during the forecast period are Increasing Investments in Fabrication Facilities, Advancements in Audio Technology, and Increasing Demand for High Quality Audio Solutions in Various Devices. Conversely, Incompatibility with Selected Wireless Devices hamper the market growth of the USB Audio Class (UAC) market. Rise in Adoption of USB-C creates opportunities in the market.

Supply chain management is an essential part of any business. A supply chain contains a series of steps to get products from their original state to the customers. The supply chain of the USB Audio Class (UAC) market involves raw material suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and end-users. Raw materials such as Silicon Wafers, Metals, Silicon, Gallium Arsenide, Ceramics, and Plastic are sourced by manufacturers. The manufacturers focus on providing high-quality USB Audio Class (UAC), and always try to improve product performance and fulfill the demand among various industries. Suppliers/distributors are the intermediaries that facilitate the distribution and delivery of USB audio class (UAC) chips from manufacturer to consumers. End-users of USB audio class (UAC) chips include individuals, studios, institutions, and others.

The primary, as well as secondary research methodology, is used for keen observation and study about the USB Audio Class (UAC) market. The primary research methodology involves commercial agreements made with the primary respondents as well as consulting partners to extract critical information pertaining to the syndicated as well as consulting projects. Primary interviews conducted with the stakeholders across industry verticals on regular intervals in line with the ongoing studies and to keep ourselves abreast with the latest market trends & developments. Validation of the estimated market size, current and future trends done from the key opinion leaders (KOLs). These KOLs are the CXO level people from leading companies in the industry and possess the experience of around 10-20 years in the industry. On the other-hand the secondary research methodology involves exhaustive desk research undertaken to understand the prevailing market trends & dynamics, market competition, customer insights and other KPIs. Company websites, their SEC filings, annual reports, broker & financial reports and investor presentations are scanned for understanding the competitive scenario, details and developments, and the overall competitive landscape. Regional government and statistical databases analyzed for macro & micro analysis. Research publications and paid data are referred to obtain and validate the market estimations, budget, expenditure, and other statistical insights.

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the USB audio class market, with notable shifts in consumer behavior and industry dynamics. Disruptions in supply chains and manufacturing caused delays in production and delivery of USB audio class chips. Furthermore, decreased in consumer spending on non-essential items like audio equipment led to reduced demand of USB audio class chips.

Initially the pandemic disrupted supply chain, causing delays in manufacturing and distribution. This led to temporary decrease in demand as industries faced production challenges. This negatively affected the production and distribution of USB audio class chips. However, as semiconductor and electronics manufacturing rebounded, the demand for USB audio class increased gradually. For instance, the demand for USB audio devices increased such as headsets and microphones to facilitate seamless online collaboration, as remote work and virtual communication surged during lockdowns. Major players in the market experienced both challenges and opportunities. Companies such as Logitech experience a 66% surge in sales due to increased demand in the work-from-home environment, reflecting the heightened reliance on digital communication tools. Additionally, the shift towards remote entertainment and gaming contributed to the increased adoption of USB audio devices, creating new avenues for the market growth. The pandemic accelerated technological advancements in USB audio products, fostering innovations in noise cancellation and audio processing. This transformative period underscored the USB audio class market resilience and adaptability, shaping a landscape where both established players and emerging innovators play pivotal roles in catering to evolving consumer needs.

Key Takeaways from the Study:

  • In terms of type, the USB Audio Class (UAC) market is segmented into Class 1 (UAC 1), Class 2 (UAC 2) and Class 3 (UAC 3). The Class 2 (UAC 2) segment held significant share of the market in 2022 and is projected to expand at a significant CAGR during the forecast period. This is due to USB Audio Class 2.0 is a widely supported specification with stable drivers across platforms like Windows, macOS, and Android. USB Audio Class 2.0 supports high sample rates, multiple channels, meeting features needed for most audio applications.

  • Based on application, the USB Audio Class (UAC) market is segmented into Laptop/PC, Smartphone, Headsets/Headphone, Speaker, Monitor, USB Interface and Others. The Speakers segment is projected to expand at a significant CAGR during the forecast period, owing to rise in popularity of Connected Speakers such as Google Home, Amazon Echo etc. As USB audio Chip allows speaker to easily receive audio signals from many sources thus enabling features like volume adjustment, muting power states directly from host.

  • Based on end users, the USB audio class (UAC) chips market is segmented into individuals, studios, institutions, and others. The individuals segment held significant share of the market in 2022 during the forecast period, owing their extensive use in various audio devices, the compatibility that they offer, and their capacity to adapt to the evolving needs of consumers. Continuous investments in R&D in the UAC chips market ensure that these chips continue to meet the growing demands of individual consumers.

  • On the basis of region, the Global USB Audio Class (UAC) Market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific accounted for significant global market share in 2022. The market in Asia Pacific is projected to expand at a significant CAGR during the forecast period, due to the increasing adoption of USB audio devices across various industries. Countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are leading contributors to this market, driven by the strong presence of electronics manufacturers and consumers demand for high-quality audio products. Additionally, the rise of gaming, streaming, and remote work has fueled the demand for USB audio solutions, further boosting the market in the region.

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Market Value in 2022

USD 3,303.0 Million

Market Growth Rate (from 2022 to 2031)


Historical Data


Base Year


Forecast Period

2023 - 2031

Units Considered

Value (USD Million)

Market Segments

By Type, Application, End-users, and Region.

Key Companies Profiled

Texas Instruments Incorporated, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Asahi Kasei microdevices Corporation, MediaTek Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors, Cirrus Logic., ESS Technology, Inc. , Silicon Laboratories, Future Technology Devices International Limited., OMNIVISION., KT MICRO, INC., Cmedia, Suzhou Everest Semiconductor Co. Ltd., XMOS, Tempo Semiconductor, Inc., Savitech Corp., and VLSI Solution.

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Target Audience:

  • Supply-side: Manufacturers, Raw material suppliers, and Distributors

  • Demand Side: Audio Device Manufacturers, Smartphone Manufacturers, and PC/Laptop Manufacturers