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published by Morry Marshall on Sat, 2017-04-15 00:13
Semico Research has just released a mature technology market research study. Wait! Mature technologies? Aren’t those fabs trailing-edge technology, old hat, passé? They may use older technology, but there’s a lot of action there now.
For many years, semiconductor manufacturing has tended to migrate from older fabs to newer fabs in a predictable manner. Leading-edge semiconductors such as processors and memory migrated to leading-edge fabs. ASICs and other integrated circuits migrated to the second-generation fabs just vacated by the leading-edge parts. Discretes and other trailing-edge devices migrated to the third-generation fabs. Older fabs were decommissioned. That pattern ended several generations ago. The reasons are complex. It involves economics, diverging memory and logic technologies, new applications which require low power, and market dynamics which include company consolidation.
From 2015 to 2016, just three semiconductor segments showed increased revenues: sensors, discretes and linear. What these products have in common is that they use older technologies. Products which utilize advanced technologies such as Microprocessors, NAND and DRAM require a significant amount of investment dollars from the standpoint of both capital as well as R&D expenditures. This is beginning to limit the number of companies that can participate in high-end, advanced technology manufacturing.
Approximately twenty years ago, ASIC vendors were busy assimilating 0.5mm process capabilities and creating large libraries of functional blocks to be utilized in their Standard Cell product lines. While continual advances on the process side of the semiconductor industry were well documented and even expected, the design side of the product creation equation lagged farther and farther behind process capabilities. The semiconductor market evolved to create the SoC approach as a design methodology used the world over to allow silicon solutions of amazing complexity and functionality while
Senior Analyst Rich Wawrzyniak was featured in an article on ChipEstimate.com this week: "EDA Tools, Global Growth and Trade Sanctions Affect IP," by John Blyler, Editor, Semi-IP Systems. Rich shared insights on IP vs. EDA tool markets, IP growth in China and potential effects of trade sanctions on IP.
There have been improvements in many areas of the SoC market from better, more useful Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) to better EDA tools. These improvements become masked by the fact that just as SoC designers master the technicalities and quirks of the current generation of process technologies, a new generation is introduced to the industry and the process resumes again.
As the semiconductor industry matures, market growth rates have slowed from historic double-digit rates to single-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR). The overall semiconductor market will grow at a CAGR of 3% over the next 5 years. This trend is anticipated to continue through the next ten-year period as well. One segment of the market that will exceed the expected industry growth is Automotive.
Passwords are so passe these days. They have been proven to be unreliable and hackable. For protecting today’s electronics, the latest technology is biometrics, the measurement of both physiological and behavioral human characteristics. Biometrics can be used for both identification (scanning a crowd for a face) or authentication (confirming that the user is who they say they are). Biometrics are enabled by a variety of different sensors, including fingerprint, IR, image, microphone, motion detector, pressure, and more. A research report from Semico,
The 2016 holiday season brought virtual reality to the masses. Shoppers were treated to a variety of options, from $20 smartphone headsets at discount stores, to high-end gaming headsets costing hundreds of dollars from Sony, Oculus Rift and HTC. Even so, this technology is still developing, and a huge market will not materialize overnight. A new research report from Semico, Our Future Reality is Virtual, forecasts that VR headsets will grow at a 53% CAGR from 2016 to 2021.
Traditionally, the Industrial sector has represented only a small portion of total semiconductor sales. According to SIA/WSTS End Use data, semiconductor sales to the Industrial market comprise only 12% of total semiconductor revenues. In addition, the Industrial sector traditionally grows at a comparably slow, steady rate. From 2010 to 2015, the Industrial sector experienced a 4.8% CAGR from $31.9 billion to $40.3 billion. But all that may change. Many futurists are espousing a worldwide transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A new report from Semico Research,