Specialised "systems on a chip" have been driving the market for security semiconductors forward in recent months, according to analysis from Linley Group.
The firm's senior analyst, Bob Wheeler, focuses on networking silicon and has 25 years of experience in the computing and electronics industries.
He explains that, over the course of 2009, 25 per cent revenue growth was achieved as tailored security processors gained ground compared with general-purpose processors coupled with security accelerators.
"Networking applications, including enterprise routers and service-provider infrastructure, have adopted the use of embedded multi-core security processors, which drove their sales," he comments.
In turn, this provides the necessary funds for manufacturers of semiconductors to invest into research and development of the next generation of solutions.
With advances becoming harder to find, Mr Wheeler concludes that this access to a wider customer base and greater earnings could prove important in allowing the industry to maintain its rate of progression.