Network Interface Cards Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (Internal NIC, External NIC), By Component (Connectors, Processors, Jumpers, Memory, Others), By Connection (WiFi, Ethernet), By Port Type (RJ-45, AUI Port, BNC Port, Optical Port), By Application (Data Exchange, Wired Communication (Switches, Routers, Smartphones), Wireless Communication (Firewall, Repeater)), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Dec 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061615864
  • Pages : 145

The network interface cards market was valued at US$2,824.98 million in 2021.

A network interface controller is a component of computer hardware that acts as a link to establish a connection with a computer network. Internal NIC and External NIC are the two different types of network interface cards. The network interface card industry's growth is being propelled by the escalating demand for internet connectivity, the emergence of the Internet of Things devices, and rapid technological advancements.

Increasing internet demand bolsters the network interface card market growth.

Network interface cards are used to connect computers to networks, facilitating data transfer and communication. The growing demand for the Internet is due to the increased reliance on cloud-based services, the surge in media streaming, and the widespread adoption of remote working culture. These trends necessitate faster data transmission speeds, heightened security, and low latency, all of which are offered by advanced NICs. As a result, the demand for NIC continues to escalate thereby propelling the overall growth. According to the International Telecommunication Union, in 2021, the Americas region consumed internet data at a rate of 172 Tbit/s. This consumption experienced a significant surge of 29.5% in 2022, reaching a level of 224 Tbit/s.

Emerging IoT devices drive the network interface card market expansion.

Network interface cards serve as critical components in IoT devices, providing them the essential connectivity to communicate with other devices and the broader internet. As IoT devices need to transmit vast amounts of data securely the role of NICs becomes increasingly significant. The proliferation of IoT is escalating due to the rise in smart home appliances, increased use of wearable technology, and the growth of industrial automation. Therefore, the expansion of IoT applications directly fuels the growth of the network interface card market. According to the Ericsson report, in 2022, the number of broadband IoT connections surged to a staggering 1.3 billion.

Technological advancement drive network interface card market growth.

Innovations in NIC technology, such as the transition from ethernet to wireless and now to optical fiber interfaces, have enhanced the speed and reliability of these cards, leading to higher demand. Furthermore, advancements in chip design and manufacturing have enabled the development of NICs that are more energy-efficient and capable of supporting higher data transfer rates, crucial for applications like cloud computing, high-performance computing, and real-time data analytics. For instance, in February 2023, Itron, Inc. introduced a new addition to its offerings - the DI Network Interface Card (NIC) which facilitates edge computing in third-party devices, effectively decentralizing grid analysis, decision-making, and control by transferring these functions to the edge of the grid.

North America is predicted to dominate the network interface card market.

North America will hold a significant share of the market due to robust government initiatives and substantial investments geared towards improving high-speed internet access and the region’s numerous tech giants that have undertaken strategic actions such as acquisitions, partnerships, and collaborations to advance their technological capabilities and market position. For instance, in June 2023, the Biden administration initiated a comprehensive plan valued at over $42 billion to provide all American homes with high-speed internet connectivity by the year 2030. Also, in February 2020, Cisco incorporated Exablaze into Cisco's Nexus switching portfolio which further augmented Cisco's offerings by providing ultra-low latency Network Interface Cards (NICs).

Network security may restrain the network interface card market growth.

Network interface cards similar to other network hardware components, can potentially be susceptible to various cyber threats. This inherent vulnerability can raise serious concerns about data privacy and network security among users. Fear of data breaches and unauthorized network access may create apprehension about the use of these devices. Such concerns could lead to hesitancy in adopting NICs, despite their numerous benefits. This apprehension can significantly impact the growth trajectory of the network interface card market. Stakeholders, ranging from individual consumers to large corporations, might opt for alternative technologies or delay the adoption of network interface cards.

Key Developments

  • September 2021: LR-LINK introduced a new, reliable solution for railways - the M12 interface network card. The M12 connector, a core feature of this network card, is a circular connector fortified with a locking thread. It boasts a high IP protection level, effectively guarding against both liquid and solid intrusion and offering anti-vibration properties. This makes it suitable for reliable connections even in the most challenging environments. Given its robustness and reliability, it stands as an ideal choice in the field of industrial automation.
  • February 2021: Xilinx unveiled a family of programmable Network Interface Cards (NICs), designed to cater to the ever-changing requirements of data centers in the realms of networking, security, and storage. The newly introduced Xilinx Alveo SN1000 SmartNIC incorporates low-latency FPGA and Arm processors. It also integrates Vitis Networking software, which is compatible with P4, C, and C++ programming languages, to enhance its performance and versatility.
  • December 2020: Inventec, in partnership with Intel, announced the launch of its new FPGA SmartNIC C5020X, a product designed to align with the Intel FPGA SmartNIC C5000X platform architecture. The FPGA SmartNIC C5020X is engineered to expand the capabilities of traditional Network Interface Controllers (NICs), pushing past their current limitations within the context of cloud data centers. This offering provides clients with a high degree of customization options tailored to their business needs, while still ensuring superior levels of programmability.

Company Products

  • SST DN4 Card: Molex offers the SST DN4 Card, part of their SST Network Interface Cards collection, which offers robust support for a diverse range of computer architectures, including PCI, PCI Express, PC/104, VME, and USB. These NICs provide comprehensive solutions catering to the control and communication needs of PC-based systems, ensuring seamless and efficient operations.
  • Broadcom 5720 DP 1Gb Network Interface Card: DELL Inc. offers the Broadcom 5720 DP 1Gb Network Interface Card, a product designed for linking desktops and servers to a network. The card, characterized by a low-profile form factor, is a creation of Dell™, making it perfectly compatible and validated on Dell systems. One of the key features of this network interface card is its support for remote management, an attribute that allows users to optimize management resources effectively.

Network Interface Cards Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
Market Size Value in 2021 US$2,824.98 million
Growth Rate CAGR during the forecast period
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2023 – 2028
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Million
Segments Covered Type, Component, Connection, Port Type, Application, and Geography
Regions Covered North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
Companies Covered Molex (Koch Industries), Dell Inc., Intel Corporation, Lenovo Group Limited, ENET Solutions Inc., NVIDIA Corporation, American Portwell Technology, Inc. (Portwell Inc.), LANTRONIX, INC.
Customization Scope Free report customization with purchase



  • By Type
    • Internal NIC
    • External NIC
  • By Component
    • Connectors
    • Processors
    • Jumpers
    • Memory
    • Others
  • By Connection
    • WiFi
    • Ethernet
  • By Port Type
    • RJ45
    • AUI Port
    • BNC Port
    • Optical Port
  • By Application
    • Data Exchange
    • Wired Communication
      • Switches
      • Routers
      • Smartphones
    • Wireless Communication
      • Firewall
      • Repeater
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • UK
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • India
      • Australia
      • Other


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions


3.1. Research Highlights


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Market Opportunities

4.4. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.4.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.4.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.4.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.4.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.4.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.5. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Internal NIC

5.3. External NIC


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Connectors

6.3. Processors

6.4. Jumpers

6.5. Memory

6.6. Others


7.1. Introduction

7.2. WiFi

7.3. Ethernet


8.1. Introduction

8.2. RJ-45

8.3. AUI Port

8.4. BNC Port

8.5. Optical Port


9.1. Introduction

9.2. Data Exchange

9.3. Wired Communication

9.3.1. Switches

9.3.2. Routers

9.3.3. Smartphone

9.4. Wireless Communication

9.4.1. Firewall

9.4.2. Repeater


10.1. Introduction

10.2. North America

10.2.1. USA

10.2.2. Canada

10.2.3. Mexico

10.3. South America

10.3.1.  Brazil

10.3.2. Argentina

10.3.3. Others

10.4. Europe

10.4.1. Germany

10.4.2. UK

10.4.3. France

10.4.4. Spain

10.4.5. Others

10.5. Middle East and Africa

10.5.1. Saudi Arabia

10.5.2. UAE

10.5.3. Others

10.6. Asia Pacific

10.6.1. China

10.6.2. Japan

10.6.3. South Korea

10.6.4. India

10.6.5. Australia

10.6.6. Others


11.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

11.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

11.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

11.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


12.1. Molex (Koch Industries)

12.2. Dell Inc.

12.3. Intel Corporation

12.4. Lenovo Group Limited

12.5. ENET Solutions Inc.

12.6. NVIDIA Corporation

12.7. American Portwell Technology, Inc. (Portwell Inc.)


Molex (Koch Industries)

Dell Inc.

Intel Corporation

Lenovo Group Limited

ENET Solutions Inc.

NVIDIA Corporation

American Portwell Technology, Inc. (Portwell Inc.)